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Unredacted Episode 10: Interview with John Kelin

Welcome to Unredacted, the MFF's interview show featuring authors and experts on the Kennedy assassination and related topics. This episode features an interview with John Kelin, author of Praise from a Future Generation and creator of the JFK assassination web journal Fair Play.

The book is unique among the wide shelves of books on the assassination, taking as its subjects the "early critics" who first alerted the public to the major flaws in the Warren Report. Some of the people featured in the book are familiar - Mark Lane, Harold Weisberg, Sylvia Meagher, Edward Epstein, Penn Jones, Vincent Salandria; others are less well-known - Ray Marcus, Leo Sauvage, Harold Feldman; others are relatively unknown even to the JFK critical community - Shirley Martin, Maggie Field. But the story of these and others who labored in the mines of the 26 volumes of the Warren Commission is a compelling tale not told with this wealth of detail until Kelin's book.

In this interview, conducted on 4 Dec 2007, John Kelin talks about the early critics and shares some stories from his book.

More About Praise from a Future Generation

John Kelin's Book Page. This page has a sample chapter from the book, a photo gallery of some of the researchers discussed in the book, public opinion polls, and more.

YouTube Trailer. Includes video clips from Harold Weisberg, Vincent Salandria, Arlen Specter, John McCloy, and many others.

Reviews of Praise from a Future Generation

Publisher's Weekly Review. This review ends with: "If Vincent Bugliosi thought his mammoth Reclaiming History would put an end to this debate, Kelin is determined to prove him wrong."

Skeptical from the Start, by Tom Dodge, Dallas Morning News.

Essays by John Kelin

Picture of the Paines, by John Kelin.

Holland McCombs: The Investigation that Never Was, by John Kelin.

Books by the Early Critics

    False Mystery
Vincent Salandria (edited by John Kelin)
Square Deal Press, 2004
    Accessories After the Fact
Sylvia Meagher
Mary Ferrell Foundation Press, 1967, 1976, 2006
Harold Weisberg
Mary Ferrell Foundation Press, 1965, 2006
    Rush to Judgment
Mark Lane
Thunder's Mouth Press, 1966, 1992
Edward Jay Epstein
The Viking Press, 1966

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    About John Kelin

    John Kelin is the creator of the internet journal Fair Play, and is the author of the new book Praise from a Future Generation, which tells the story of the early critics of the Warren Commission.

    John Kelin talks about the impact of the early critics on shaping public understanding of the Kennedy assassination (running time: 1:03).
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    About the Book

        Praise from a Future Generation: The Assassination of John F. Kennedy and the First Generation Critics of the Warren Report
    John Kelin
    Wings Press, 2007

    From the Dust Jacket

    "Forty-five years after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, it seems unlikely that there is much new to say about that tragic event or its aftermath, yet John Kelin's Praise from a Future Generation tells a story that we just thought we knew. Unlike any previous assassination book, Kelin tells us a "people story," describing how a small group of ordinary citizens' extraordinary efforts demonstrated to the nation that the JFK assassination could not have happened the way the government said it did. In time, their efforts had an enormous impact on public opinion.

    Never before has a book detailed the work of the early Commission critics. Long dismissed as mere "conspiracy buffs," their suspicions were finally vindicated (to a degree) by the government itself when, in 1977, the House Select Committee on Assassinations concluded that "President John F. Kennedy was probably assassinated as a result of a conspiracy."


    This is one of those important works that could only have been written by an individual from a future generation - Kelin was only seven when JFK was assassinated. Praise from a Future Generation presents a truthful account that neither excuses our government nor idealizes the critics. Here is a chapter of American history that our government has sought to dismiss. It lives now due to one author's independent honesty and courageous devotion to historical truth."

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