Jack Ruby: The Many Faces of Oswald's Assassin


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Chicago Review Press
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6.32 X 9.24 X 0.85 inches | 1.49 pounds

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About the Author

Danny Fingeroth is a biographer and cultural historian/commentator, specializing in the intersection of Jewish and American cultures. He's the author of Superman on the Couch and Disguised as Clark Kent. His acclaimed 2019 biography of Stan Lee, A Marvelous Life, is a laser-sharp look at this innovative figure--the inventor of Marvel Comics. Fingeroth has spoken at venues including the Smithsonian Institution and Columbia University, as well as on NBC's Today Show and NPR's All Things Considered. He has written commentaries for publications including The Los Angeles Times and the Wall Street Journal. Danny was born, raised, and lives in New York City.


"As a conspiracy buff, I leapt into Danny Fingeroth's Jack Ruby with gusto, only to realize how little I actually knew about Jacob Rubenstein aka Jack Ruby. Nightclub owner? Yes. Landsman? Proudly. Mobster? Maybe. Insane? You have to read the book. Fingeroth takes you beat by beat through that fateful weekend and Ruby's array of co-stars: strippers, club owners, policemen. He paints a disturbing portrait of a manic Ruby desperate to be in the center of the action, who just wanted to be important." --David Mandel, showrunner Veep and director White House Plumbers
"Danny Fingeroth's book does what few books on the JFK assassinations have even attempted by painting a humanized depiction of the many complex layers of Jack Ruby, the killer of the one of the most notorious presidential suspected assassins." --Mark S. Zaid, Esq., JFK assassination historian
"It's likely that no book will ever answer whether Jack Ruby was a lone gunman or part of some vast conspiracy. But cultural sleuth Danny Fingeroth's fascinating biography offers something more revealing--showing us how this irony-laden icon offers a lens into America's low-level underworld, its multi-tiered Jewish community, and a Baby-Boom generation robbed of its hero-worshiped president." --Larry Tye, author of Bobby Kennedy and Demagogue
"Sixty years after the events that changed the world comes this important biography, a gripping, deeply researched investigation into a crucial thread of pivotal history. Danny Fingeroth digs into a neglected figure with precision and flair." --Lisa Napoli, author of Up All Night: Ted Turner, CNN, and the Birth of 24-Hour News
"With this book, Danny Fingeroth takes us down into the depths of one of the biggest mysteries in the history of modern American politics, and pulls back the curtain--as much as anyone can--on one of the story's most mysterious figures. Why did Jack Ruby do what he did? Well, that's the story--and Fingeroth brilliantly takes us through a dazzling array of twists, turns, and possible motivations in telling it, in all its labyrinthine complexity." --Jeremy Dauber, author of Mel Brooks: Disobedient Jew