The Oswalds: An Untold Account of Marina and Lee Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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The closest friend of Lee Harvey Oswald and his Soviet wife Marina upon the couple’s arrival in Texas breaks a sixty-year silence with a riveting story of his time with JFK’s assassin and his candid assessment of the murder that marked a turning point in our country’s history.
Merely two hours after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, television cameras captured police escorting a suspect into Dallas police headquarters. Meanwhile at the University of Oklahoma, watching the coverage in the student center, Paul Gregory scanned the figure in dark trousers and a white, V-neck tee shirt and saw the bruised and battered face of Lee Harvey Oswald. Shocked, Gregory said, “I know that man.” In fact, he knew Oswald and his wife Marina better than almost anyone in America.
After sixty years, Paul Gregory finally tells everything he knows about the Oswalds and how he watched the soul of a killer take shape.
Identified by the FBI as a “known associate of LHO,” Gregory soon faced interrogations by the Secret Service. Later he would testify before the Warren Commission. Here, in The Oswalds, he offers the intimate details of his time spent with Lee and wife Marina in their run-down duplex on Mercedes Street in Fort Worth, Texas, and his admission into the inner world of a young marriage before candidly assessing the murder that marked a turning point in our country’s history. His riveting recollection includes memories both casual and deadly serious, such as the dinner at his parents’ house introducing Marina to the “Dallas Russians,” a front-yard incident of spousal abuse, and a further rift in the marriage when he exposed to Marina that Oswald was not the dashing, radical intellectual whose Historic Diary would be a publishing sensation. And Gregory also gives a fascinating account of his father’s role as an eyewitness to history, serving as Marina’s translator and confidante in the first four days after the assassination.
As a scholar and skilled researcher, Gregory debunks the vast array of assassination conspiracy theories by demonstrating that Lee Harvey Oswald did it and did it alone—that the Oswald he once called a friend had the motive, the intelligence, and the means to commit one of the most shocking crimes in American history.
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|Listening Length||8 hours and 11 minutes|
|Author||Paul R. Gregory|
|Audible.ca Release Date||November 15 2022|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #50,998 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#185 in Criminal Law Enforcement (Books)
#268 in Historical Biographies (Audible Books & Originals)
#306 in Political Freedom & Security
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The Oswalds can serve as an introduction to a younger reader unfamiliar with the president’s death or a re-fresher for a reader who vividly remembers the tragic events in Dallas on November 22, 1963.
Whatever their background, readers will be immersed in the sordid world of Lee Harvey Oswald, his wife, his cantankerous mother, and the squabbling world of “the small Dallas-Fort Worth Russian émigré community.”
A twenty-something Gregory encountered a slightly older Oswald and his Russian-born wife Marina upon their return from the Soviet Union to live in Texas. He and his late father, Pete Gregory, met up with the recently wedded Oswalds a year and a half before Oswald shot President Kennedy from a window in the Texas School Book Depository in Dealey Plaza. Marina tutored the younger Gregory in Russian, while senior Gregory befriended Marina and served as her translator during the early investigation in the wake of the Kennedy assassination. Thus, the two Gregorys possessed a keen grasp of Oswald’s mentality and character, plus his troubled marriage.
The author draws an up close and personal portrait of the misfit Oswald that is as unflattering as it is fascinating. He answers the burning question how a loser, a cipher, and high-school dropout, like Oswald could pull off a seismographic crime. Gregory builds a strong case for Oswald’s cunning, street-smarts, “natural intelligence,” and wiles, which enabled him to kill America’s thirty-fifth president.
Gregory also lays to rest a passel of conspiracy theories that Oswald conspired with others from the Soviets, Cubans, Mafia, and even the FBI. There is ample drama in his account, even though we know the sad ending of the president and his own family.
The assassination of JFK was among the nation’s most traumatic events. Paul Gregory’s The Oswalds narrates it with a clear understanding of the man and his wife who stood at the epicenter of this sad chapter.
leader of a conspiracy would ever use such an unstable attention seeking wife beater as an assassin .