new biography of the former District Attorney of Orleans Parish, Louisiana
from his 1922 birth in Iowa and service in World War II - he was among
those assigned to Dachau Concentration Camp the day after its liberation
- to his years confronting the corrupt politics of Louisiana.
Jim Garrison would become the only public official ever to bring anyone
before the bar of justice for the assassination of President John F.
This is the story of the man who took on that task. It explores Garrison's
populist and democratic values, and how he attempted to reform the critical
political system of New Orleans in the 1960s, particularly the abuses
of B-drinking and other crimes rampant in the French Quarter.
"Jim Garrison: His Life and Times" explores with fresh new information
political New Orleans of the fifties and sixties, rich in corruption,
maneuvering on all sides, wit, the outrageous, and the courageous, (Jim
Garrison was both).
This first biography of Jim Garrison, cradle to 1966, recreates
- His family background: he was a descendant of William
Lloyd Garrison of whom some Garrisons did not approve. "I confess that I did not like very
well to claim relationship with Lloyd Garrison of Massachusetts of Abolition
renown...he was a talented man, but rather eccentric in his views with
regard to the African race in America," wrote Judge
Thomas Garrison Stansberry.
- Jim Garrison was unique in New Orleans of the period
of being a staunch opponent of segregation and an advocate
of civil rights.
- Jim Garrison in the United States Army
Air Force visited Dachau concentration camp the day after
its liberation, and this biography chronicles the effect
of this experience on Garrison for the remainder of his
- The hilarious chronicle of how Jim Garrison, a
reformer, became district attorney as a result of television
debates modeled after the Kennedy-Nixon debates.
was a civil libertarian, a passionate defender of the
first amendment. WHen the police seized James Baldwin's "Another Country" from a New Orleans
bookstore, Garrison refused to charge the bookstore owner and vigorously
opposed this censorship. "I never think of consequences," Garrison
said as he followed his convictions, even when they violated
- The Bourbon Street raids: Quarter life c. 1962 and
what Garrison as a new district attorney did to change
it. The story of stripper Linda Brigette, her "indecent" act, why
she was arrested, and how Garrison broke his rule that his office
not involve itself in pardons, by helping Linda escape her 30 day
jail sentence. The book exposes as well police corruption, and
how Garrison tried to create an office that would approach crime
without fear or favor. Best is the inside expose of the practices
French Quarter clip joints of Jim Garrison's day.
- The Dombrowski case: a look
into the arrest of three civil rights activists in New Orleans
who were accused of Communist influence in their helping Dr. Martin
Luther King, Jr. and Garrison's role as Orleans Parish district
- "Sacred Cows: why Jim Garrison was sued for criminal defamation
by the judges of the Orleans Parish criminal court, the humorous
trial, and the trajectory of this case, like the Dombrowski case,
to the United States Supreme Court.
- Although this book only touches on the Garrison's investigation
into the Kennedy assassination, the foreword offers new details of
the evidence that Lee Harvey Oswald was debriefed upon his return
from the Soviet Union, a debriefing the CIA has always denied. An
appendix re-examines the elusive figure of Jack Martin in the Kennedy
- The notorious case of Leonard Caesar, a rapist, who was stashed
for years at the Louisiana State Prison (Angola) and the efforts
by Garrison's law school classmate, John R. Rarick, to offer him
the opportunity to stand trial.
Jim Garrison emerges as a defender
of the victims of racial inequality, and of censorship. His actions
reveal him to be a supporter of the defendant, and a fierce proponent
of the rights of the individual. It also reveals him to have been,
in many ways, a man of his generation."The last perfect
person walked the earth two thousand years ago," Garrison once
- This volume takes us to the moment in 1966 when Jim Garrison began
to investigate the Kennedy assassination.
Joan Mellen met New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison in
1969. His relentless search for the truth concerning President
made a deep impression upon her. In 1997 Mellen began work on the
story of Garrison’s life. This biographical project quickly focused
on Garrison’s investigation
and then initiated Mellen’s new investigation of the assassination
itself. The preponderance of research material convinced Mellen to
life and career on the pivotal case of the Kennedy assassination.
Her previous book, “A Farewell to Justice: Jim Garrison, JFK’s Assassination,
and the Case That Should Have Changed History,” is the story of Garrison’s
efforts to solve that historic murder. This prequel, “Jim Garrison:
His Life and Times, The Early Years” depicts Garrison’s
life up to that point.
"JFK's Assassination, and the Case That Should Have Changed
JFK Lancer First Edition
Copyright © 2008 by Joan Mellen.
Printed in the United States
Cover design by Ken Jacobs
Book design by Debra Conway
ISBN Number 978-0-9774657-2-9
Perfect bound 6"x9"