Deanne Stillman, in conversation with Tom Teicholz, discusses American Confidential


Deanne Stillman

Was Lee Harvey Oswald--as he himself claimed--a patsy? A hired gunman? In this startling account, Deanne Stillman suggests that there was indeed a conspiracy behind the assassination of John F. Kennedy--that of Oswald and his mother, Marguerite, who were locked in a desperate pursuit of fame and recognition. It was a struggle that would erupt on November 22, 1963, with Kennedy's murder--after which the assassin joined the roster of infamous immortals, while his mother spent the rest of her life seeking the media limelight.

American Confidential is a mother-son noir tale that plays out across the Wild West of mid-twentieth century America, delving into Oswald's nomadic boyhood, and the world of his restless and disillusioned mother, who passed along a legacy of class resentment and a clamorous need to matter.

In this new and surprising investigation into the short, troubled life of the ordinary man who would take down an American king, Deanne Stillman also presents a fascinating portrait of Oswald as a predecessor of the many violent young men and boys of America today, who take selfies with their rifles, and have come to define a new era of brutality.

Following in the tradition of Joan Didion and Charles Bowden, and continuing her celebrated exploration of America's shadowlands, Stillman recounts a haunting tale of the promise and failure of the American dream. It held Oswald in its grip until the very end. "Some day," he once told his wife, "I'd like to have a son. Maybe he'll grow up to be president." (Melville House Publishing)

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Wednesday, November 8, 2023 - 7:00pm
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Book Soup
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American Confidential: Uncovering the Bizarre Story of Lee Harvey Oswald and his Mother By Deanne Stillman Cover Image
ISBN: 9781685890681
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Published: Melville House - November 14th, 2023