Lee Harvey Oswald

This is a history paper analyzing the book “Spy Saga: Lee Harvey Oswald and U.S. Intelligence” by Philip H. Melanson.

The paper examines the thesis of the book “Spy Saga: Lee Harvey Oswald and U.S. Intelligence” by Philip H. Melanson, which claims that Oswald, infamous assassin of President J.F. Kennedy, was involved with the C.I.A. The paper discusses Oswald’s career in the Marine Corps, the information he gained about the Soviet’s, his role with the CIA, and the reasons he was in Dallas on the day he shot the president.
“The thesis of this book is, “Oswald’s links to CIA- related persons, projects, and contexts appear far stronger than do those to any other U.S. intelligence agency (p. 4) This book is all about the allegations that Lee Harvey Oswald is in some way, shape, or form is involved with the CIA. There are many noticeable things that have led to these allegations and to this day it is still a mystery. There can be a case made that Oswald was and was not involved with the CIA. I chose this particular quote because it gives the reader the main idea of the book, and it shows that he could’ve been in the CIA or possibly in some other intelligence agency. Most people including myself never knew that Oswald was involved in anything dealing with the U.S. There are many different incidents in which Lee Harvey Oswald has had some knowledge of or involvement in and this book goes into these incidents. The thesis ties in directly, with the main idea of this book, because it talks about all the things that Oswald was involved.