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Oswald’s Reading Habits Detailed

Nov. 27, 1963 - Lee Harvey Oswald (pictured distributing pro-Castro leaflets in New Orleans in August), accused assassin of President Kennedy, last summer borrowed a library book on the President, another on a political assassination, and several about Communism. The book on the political assassination was an account of the 1935 murder of Huey Long, the U.S. Senator from Louisiana. Oswald also checked out a number of science-fiction books and Ian Fleming spy mysteries and two books by Aldous Huxley. The book on President Kennedy was “Portrait of a President,” by William Manchester. It was taken out on June 15, 1963. Oswald took out “The Huey Long Murder Case” by Hermann B. Deutsch also on June 15. The other books taken out by Oswald at the Napoleon branch of the New Orleans Public Library were these: “The Berlin Wall” by Deane and David Heller; “Portrait of a Revolutionary: Mao Tse-tung” by P.S.R. Payne; “Soviet Potential: a Geographic Appraisal” by George B. Gressey; “What We Must Know About Communism” by Harry and Bonaro Overstreet; and “Russia Under Khrushchev” by Alexander Werth. The Fleming books checked out by Oswald include “From Russia, With Love,” “Moonraker,” “Thunderball,” and “Goldfinger.” Ironically, Ian Fleming was one of President Kennedy’s favorite authors.


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