The JFK Assassination: 50 Years Later



Oliver Stone: The Untold History of JFK's Assassination

Oliver Stone, filmmaker and author of //Oliver Stone's Untold History of America//, talks with Salon founder David Talbot about alternate theories of the Kennedy assassination. Stone argues the assassination "has all the classic machinations of a black ops."

David Talbot's Theory on the JFK Assassination

David Talbot explains his belief that the assassination of John F. Kennedy was orchestrated by high-ranking officials in the CIA and the Pentagon.

Talbot drew his controversial conclusions from oral histories.

Jim Lehrer Remembers Covering JFK’s Assassination

Jim Lehrer, author and news anchor for The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, discusses his experience as a young reporter covering the assassination of JFK, including an exchange with the Secret Service agent who ordered the bubbletop be taken off the presidential limo.

The Untrue Fact About the JFK Assassination

Josiah "Tink" Thompson, who wrote about the Kennedy assassination for LIFE magazine, reexamines a fact from the investigation that turns out to be false and has confused our understanding of what happened.

Bugliosi Speculates Why Oswald Assassinated JFK

Vincent Bugliosi, author of Reclaiming History, discusses what he believes may have been the motive that drove Lee Harvey Oswald to assassinate John F. Kennedy. Rather than acting out a personal attack against the former president, Bugliosi speculates Oswald may have viewed JFK as the "quintessential representative of a society for which he had a grinding contempt."

Oswald Not Involved in JFK Assassination

Author and renowned trial attorney Vincent Bugliosi rejects any notion that Lee Harvey Oswald was acting as part of a conspiracy to assassinate President John F. Kennedy.

The Aftermath of JFK’s Assassination

David Talbot, Founder and former Editor-In-Chief of, reads an excerpt from his book Brothers: The Hidden History of the Kennedy Years.

Facing Facts: The Myths and Truths About Joseph Kennedy

Historian and biographer David Nasaw dispels historical myths about Joseph P. Kennedy, including his perceived ties to bootlegging and the Mafia.

James Piereson: JFK Killed by Cold War

James Piereson asserts that JFK was victimized not by domestic bigotry, but by cold war communism.

Piereson surmises that Lee Harvey Oswald murdered JFK to stop the president's Cold War policies and to further his own communist agenda.

When the Cold War Spun Out of President Kennedy's Control

Michael Dobbs describes an incident during the Cuban Missile Crisis when an American plane flew off course into Soviet territory and President Kennedy was not informed until after the fact.

Dobbs says, "events were spinning out of their control."

Sorensen: JFK Wouldn't Have Sent Combat Troops to Vietnam

Ted Sorensen, speech writer for President John F. Kennedy, speculates on how the late president would have handled the Vietnam War.

"I don't think he would have sent combat troop divisions to South Vietnam, or bombers to North Vietnam," says Sorensen. "I think he would have ... negotiated a way out."

About this series

On one of the darkest days in American history, November 22, 1963, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated as his motorcade rolled through downtown Dallas. In the 50 years since that fateful day, his death has been the subject of countless conversations-- many of which have taken the form of conspiracy, intrigue, rumor, and mystery.

As we reflect upon the legacy of JFK and the impact of his assassination, discover how the stories surrounding the death of the 35th President of the United States have formed a mythology that is uniquely American in its history.