By Priscilla Johnson McMillan
The interior tale of Lee Harvey Oswald's route to killing John. F. Kennedy. Reissued to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the Kennedy assassination, Marina and Lee is an necessary account of 1 of America's such a lot nerve-racking occasions, and a vintage paintings of narrative heritage. In her meticulous, now and then even second by way of second, account of Oswald's development towards the assassination, Priscilla Johnson McMillan takes us inside of Oswald's fevered brain and his manic marriage. while Marina, just a couple of weeks after giving beginning to their moment baby, hears of Kennedy's loss of life and discovers that Lee's rifle is lacking from the storage the place it was once kept, she understands that her husband has killed the President.
McMillan got here to the tale with a special wisdom of the 2 major characters. within the Fifties she had labored for Kennedy and had identified him good for a time. Later, operating in Moscow as a journalist, she interviewed Lee Harvey Oswald in the course of his try and disorder to the Soviet Union. whilst she heard his identify back on November 22, 1963, she stated, "My God! i do know that boy!" Marina and Lee used to be written with the whole and specific cooperation of Oswald's Russian-born spouse, Marina Prusakova, whom McMillan debriefed for seven months within the instant aftermath of the President's assassination and her husband's nationally televised execution by the hands of Jack Ruby.
The fact is much extra compelling, and unsettling, than the main creative conspiracy thought. Marina and Lee is a human drama that's outrageous, heartbreaking, tragic, attention-grabbing. . . and genuine.
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Now you’re making me lie. whilst will there be an finish to it? ” there have been extra inquiries to come, not just from friends and family yet from Marina herself. a couple of days after their go back from Moscow, she saw Alik, for the 1st time, writing on a yellow pad at domestic, doubtless misplaced in suggestion. Then she spotted that he had images and a floor plan of the radio plant. Marina used to be horror-stricken. So Alik used to be a secret agent in the end. To make concerns worse, he wouldn't allow her close to the papers and refused even to assert what he was once doing. Marina used to be approximately in a panic. ultimately, Alik relented. “I’m writing my impressions of Russia,” he instructed her. “What for? ” she desired to recognize. “Maybe there are humans in the United States who probably want to learn them. possibly I’ll put up them, and perhaps I’ll preserve them for myself. ” Marina sighed with aid. She inspiration how silly she have been. but in the future while she again domestic from paintings ahead of Alik, she raced upstairs and ransacked the condominium, searching for what he used to be writing. All she chanced on used to be a muddle of unsuspicious-looking papers coated together with her husband’s scrawl. She did her most sensible to compose herself after that. yet then she made one other discovery. Alik had a surprising amount of cash kept up, the small fortune of 5 hundred rubles (five hundred dollars), which he stated used to be from the Soviet crimson pass. back, Marina’s suspicions have been aroused. Alik had lied to her long ago. was once he mendacity back now to hide the truth that he used to be a undercover agent? Marina got here to another end. She had grown up in a rustic the place informing is a lifestyle. Eyes and ears are all over. A relied on good friend frequently seems to be an agent of the police. it can be crucial to maintain secrets and techniques, your personal and people of others, basically to have a quiet lifestyles. Discretion is, certainly, the higher a part of valor. yet Marina quickly discovered that her husband’s secretiveness used to be of one other type solely. He instructed lies with no function or element, lies that have been absolute to be discovered. He beloved having secrets and techniques for his or her personal sake. He easily loved concealment. For him it used to be no longer an issue of existence and demise yet an issue of selection. In a Russian surroundings that should have gave the impression of frivolity certainly. For Marina to understand, on the younger age of 19, that her husband advised lies as a question of personality instead of of necessity was once a feat of mature instinct. nonetheless, she depended on him—she had not anyone else. All day each day she held again her tears on the pharmacy. but if she got here domestic every one evening, she broke down. “Alka,” she cried, “don’t depart me. Don’t supply me up. you notice i've got nobody yet you. nobody at paintings. No Ilya or Valya. i've got no family members now. ” “My terrible little girl,” he acknowledged to convenience her, taking her in his hands and kissing the nape of her neck. “Cry up to you're keen on. It’ll be more straightforward that means. ” Then he further, as though to himself, “I by no means inspiration it was once going to be so difficult. ” It was once not easy, and Marina had moments of vacillation. yet she felt from the outset that she had a correct to be along with her husband, to move the place he went, and that she was once now not doing something improper.