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WEDNESDAY

You probably have already OD’d on JFK assassination theories in recent years, with the subtext of Oliver Stone’s Nixon weighing in as the fatal dose. In fact, even looking at another Kennedy book might push you over the edge. But Washington attorney and literary agent Ronald Goldfarb brings a refreshingly grounded analysis to the historical debate in his new book, Perfect Villains, Imperfect Heroes: Robert F. Kennedy’s War Against Crime, an insider’s tale of Kennedy’s four-year tenure at the helm of the Department of Justice (DOJ). Along with articulating an untold—though at times self-serving—story of the Kennedy administration’s concerted onslaught against organized crime, Goldfarb, a member of Kennedy’s special rackets prosecution team, advances the long-standing theory that mob leaders might well have been convicted of conspiring to kill John F. Kennedy, even if they did not directly cause his murder. Moreover, the former DOJ lawyer asserts that Robert Kennedy dallied in unwise and clandestine Cold War dealings beyond the bounds of his job as U.S. attorney general. Goldfarb will read from his book at 6:30 p.m. at the Arts Club of Washington, 2017 I St. NW. FREE. For reservations call (202) 331-7282.