Tue, 04/22/2014 (All day)
The St. Louis County Library Foundation's 'Buzz' Westfall Favorite Author Series is pleased to present former Warren Commission member and author Howard Willens for a discussion and signing of his book "History Will Prove Us Right: Inside the Warren Commission Investigation Into the Assassination of John F. Kennedy."
The event will take place at Library Headquarters (1640 S. Lindbergh Blvd.) on Monday, May 5 at 7:00 p.m. The program is free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase at the event from Barnes & Noble.
On November 22, 1963, President John F. Kennedy was murdered in front of hundreds of onlookers. Everything was over in mere seconds, but the events of that day have been the subject of heated debate for five decades. The presidential commission tasked with finding the truth, headed by then-Chief Justice Earl Warren, published its findings the following year--Oswald had acted alone--but the report did little to quell conspiracy theorists. Many seized on what they saw as inconsistencies in the report and branded the whole investigation a cover-up. Warren himself calmly dismissed the criticism, assuring his fellow commission members that "history will prove us right."
Now, in this eye-opening new account of the Commission and its findings, Howard P. Willens sets out to prove that Warren's advice was prescient. Willens, one of the few surviving staff members of the Warren Commission, supervised the investigation from the very beginning and has waited until now to silence the critics and well-intentioned armchair detectives. Drawn from Willens' own journals and extensive notes on the investigation--which have never before been published--"History Will Prove Us Right" tells the true and complete story, perhaps for the first time, of every aspect of the investigation into one of the century's most harrowing events from a uniquely first-person perspective.
Howard P. Willens is the only surviving member of the three-person supervisory staff of the Warren Commission. After the commission's report was published, he left the Department of Justice and in 1965 served as the Executive Director of the President's commission on Crime in the District of Columbia. In 1967, he joined a private law firm, where he has worked for over forty years.
The program with Howard Willens is a St. Louis County Library 'Buzz' Westfall Favorite Author Series presentation. The Westfall series features authors of politics, current issues, history, and sports. The series is co-sponsored by AJ.P. Realty; McMahon Berger; Sachs Properties; Brown Smith Wallace LLC; Royal Banks of Missouri; St. Louis Business Journal; Midwest Library Service; The Booksource; S.M. Wilson & Co.; and Stifel, Nicolaus.