The basic divide in accounts of the assassination is between conspiracy and no-conspiracy accounts. The place to begin for the official 'lonegunman' version is still the Warren Commission Report (1964), along with the later revisions made by the HSCA (US House of Representatives 1979a, 1979b). Both are now available online (e.g. at www.historymatters.com, and the National Archives, www.archives. gov/research/jfk). The extensive accompanying testimony, hearings and exhibits are fascinating to dip into, as much for their accidental insight into social history as the minutiae of the assassination itself. Manchester (1967) and Bishop (1968) bring the Warren Commission's account to life, while the best single defence of the Oswald-did-it position and debunking of conspiracy theories is Posner (1993). Epstein (1966) and McKnight (2005) provide critical accounts of the Warren Commission's flaws, the latter from a conspiracist viewpoint. John McAdams' website (http://mcadams.posc.mu.edu/) takes a balanced, anti-conspiracy line; it also has an excellent collection of primary source material. Kenneth Rahn also has a useful bank of resources on his website (http://karws.gso.uri.edu/JFK/fFK.html), but in this case mainly from a conspiracist stance.
The bibliography of conspiracy theory accounts is vast, but some of the early books, e.g. Meagher (1967), Lane (1966), Thompson (1967), remain some of the most coherent and impassioned advocacy of the critical position. The two most accessible all-round presentations of the conspiracy case are Summers (1998) and Kurtz (1993), with Ramsay (2002) providing an incisive beginner's guide. Recent works such as Scott (1996) and Waldron and Hartmann (2005) open out the conspiracy case from the particular details to the larger story of Cold War covert operations. Oliver Stone's JFK (1991) does a good job of summarising several decades of conspiracy research, and the book of the film (Stone and Sklar, 1992) contains detailed references to his sources, along with a compendium of the lively debate about the film in the