Oswald's Tale: An American Mystery Book Summary and Study Guide

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    Lee Harvey Oswald is known as the man who killed President John F. Kennedy, but who was Oswald as a person? What do people really know about him? Oswald was an American who defected to the Soviet Union, while there he remained under constant KGB surveillance, married a Communist woman, and became a Communist himself. He wanted President Kennedy to leave Fidel Castro alone, rather than plotting to overthrow him.
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    Oswald was an ambitious young man, with an overbearing mother. Oswald's wife, Marina, was a woman who had always dreamed of having a better life than the one she had in the Soviet Union, and she saw Oswald as the ticket to that better life. After his death at the hands of Jack Ruby, his mother began auctioning off his belongings.
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Plot & Themes

job/profession:    -   criminal (killer) Job/profession/poverty story    -   Yes Period of greatest activity?    -   1950+

Subject of Biography

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   infantry soldier Ethnicity    -   White Nationality    -   American


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   8 () United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Texas Asia/Pacific    -   Yes Asian country:    -   Russia Island?    -   Yes Island:    -   Caribbean Islands Misc setting    -   fort/military installation Century:    -   1960's-1970's

Writing Style

Book makes you feel?    -   angry If this is a kid's book:    -   Age 16-Adult Pictures/Illustrations?    -   None How much dialogue in bio?    -   significantly more descript than dialog How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?    -   51%-75% of book

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