Wednesday, July 6, 2016

TWA 800: The Crash, the Cover-Up, and the Conspiracy by Jack Cashill

Publisher:      Regnery History
Published:     July 5, 2016  
ISBN:        978-1621574712
Genre:       Non-fiction
Format:     Ebook
Obtained via:  Publisher - Edelweiss
Reviewed by name and email address:  Gina


Was there a first strike against the United States on the evening of July 17, 1996?  Or was it a training exercise that went sadly awry when TWA Flight 800 crashed into the Atlantic shortly after taking off from JFK airport on Long Island/

All 230 passengers died. 

The reports following the crash were mixed and wide ranging from a fuel tank explosion to a Navy exercise that went awry to a terror attack that was a precourser to September 11 attack, carried out by a small plane tracking the TWA 747. 

In his earlier book, co-authored by James Sanders, Cashill reported on the early days of the investigation and how there was strong evidence of a government cover up—one that reached to the highest levels of government.

In this new book, due to be released a few months before the 2016 presidential election, Cashill revisits some of the earlier allegations and adds additional information.  Any number of interviewees reported that either their testimony to the FBI and/or NTSB was skewed or ignored or that their statements were not tracked.  A considerable portion of the earlier book, FIRST STRIKE, are replayed along with new information.  At time the book seems to ramble with Cashill’s frustration at the either real or perceived roadblocks he encountered along the way.  More than once he speaks about how evidence he located was poo pooed or simply ignored. 

Of the two books, I found FIRST STRIKE to be a stronger read—there was more straight reporting in it and less personal reaction.  If you are going to read one or the other, go with the earlier book—but keep an open mind with both. I remember that night and I remember what I thought at the time and that opinion has not changed.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.


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