Kindle Single Sheds New Light on Oswald’s Childhood, Family

New York, NY, November 12, 2013 –(– Most narratives of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination depict Lee Harvey Oswald as a convenient cliché: the puppet of a conspiracy or an obsessed lone gunman. Lost among the competing theories of villainy and cover-up is the real Lee Harvey Oswald, a troubled young man from a fractured family, a lonely child born without a future.

Today, in an original and dramatic new book "The Gunman and His Mother", award-winning journalist and Pulitzer-nominee Steven Beschloss (Adrift) draws on a rich but relatively unmined public record, key interviews with Oswald’s mother Marguerite and other family members, and Lee's own writing and statements to trace the origin of an American tragedy. Closely studying the mother-son relationship that has deserved serious treatment for a half century but has yet to receive it, the book illuminates Oswald’s difficult childhood and the troubled relationship with his mother that contributed to his downward spiral.

The new ebook is published today by Vook, and was chosen before its release for a highly competitive slot in the Kindle Singles program.

“'The Gunman and His Mother' is a fresh take on a familiar subject,” says Matthew Cavnar, VP of Vook. “It’s timely, historical but also deeply moving, depicting the volatile bond between a mother and her son. We’re delighted to be publishing it in advance of the 50th Anniversary of the assassination.”

“It’s really the tale of how an innocent young boy evolved into a killer despite the watching eyes of his mother, his family, and his friends,” adds Jason Allen Ashlock, who produced the book with Cavnar. “That’s sadly relevant today more than ever. It’s both a work of history and a reminder that all tragic stories had moments that could have interrupted them. We’re proud to be publishing it with Vook.”

The ebook is available now for the Kindle, and is highlighted in the Kindle Singles storefront on

About Steven Beschloss

For more than two decades, Steven Beschloss has created award-winning stories, as a writer, journalist, editor and filmmaker. His writing on international affairs and politics, business and economics, and art and culture has been published in The New York Times, The New Republic, The New Yorker, The Chicago Tribune, TV Guide, The Village Voice, The Wall Street Journal, Parade Magazine and dozens of other print and online outlets. He's been nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, selected Journalist of the Year in Virginia, and honored with a magazine writing award by the American Society of Journalists and Authors.

About Vook

Founded in 2009, Vook has created an innovative technology platform that allows content holders to create great ebooks, add video, audio and images, publish the ebooks to their own Web pages and to the major e-retailers, and track their sales. Vook provides a turnkey solution for content strategy, including editorial, marketing and distribution services and has worked with a range of partners, including The New York Times, Fast Company, Google, American Express Publishing, and Newsweek Daily Beast. For more information, please visit or contact [email protected]

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