American Confidential

by Deanne Stillman
American Confidential

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Lee Harvey Oswald has inspired hundreds of conspiracy theories throughout the decades. Was he a hired gun? A patsy? Celebrated writer Deanne Stillman has little interest in these questions. In American Confidential, combining history, true crime, social commentary, and sense of place, she argues that the true origin story of JFK's assassination lies within a family, particularly in the relationship between Marguerite Oswald and her son Lee Harvey. Exploring a story of American violence and discontent that is all too familiar, Stillman delves into Oswald's childhood in a dysfunctional household, and the strong influence of his mother, a disillusioned and self-centered woman who passed along a legacy of class resentment and the clamorous need to matter. Stillman also suggests that Oswald's act was a rebel yell coming right out of the old South and West. In this new and surprising look at the short, troubled life of Lee Harvey Oswald, the man who would commit the most consequential homic
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Lee Harvey Oswald has inspired hundreds of conspiracy theories throughout the decades. Was he a hired gun? A patsy? Celebrated writer Deanne Stillman has little interest in these questions. In American Confidential, combining history, true crime, social commentary, and sense of place, she argues that the true origin story of JFK's assassination lies within a family, particularly in the relationship between Marguerite Oswald and her son Lee Harvey. Exploring a story of American violence and discontent that is all too familiar, Stillman delves into Oswald's childhood in a dysfunctional household, and the strong influence of his mother, a disillusioned and self-centered woman who passed along a legacy of class resentment and the clamorous need to matter. Stillman also suggests that Oswald's act was a rebel yell coming right out of the old South and West. In this new and surprising look at the short, troubled life of Lee Harvey Oswald, the man who would commit the most consequential homic