Advance Praise for Cruising for Conspirators:
"This shocking narrative uncovers how decades of police surveillance in New Orleans created a vast paper trail that set the stage for a corrupt district attorney to frame the only man to face prosecution for John F. Kennedy's assassination, creating a lasting homophobic conspiracy theory in the process. With keen historical sensitivity, Alecia Long reveals the longer pattens and plots that frame this must-read story."
Jim Downs, author of Stand by Me: The Forgotten History of Gay Liberation
"Exposing the corrupt world of New Orleans policing and the complex gay subculture that thrived in the city's shadow, Long's book features an intriguing cast of characters, including ambitious prosecutor Jim Garrison and closeted businessman Clay Shaw. More importantly, it uncovers how cultural notions of gay men as criminal sexual psychopaths came to permeate JFK conspiracy theories and American culture more generally."
David K. Johnson, author of The Lavender Scare: The Cold War Persecution of Gays and Lesbians in the Federal Government
"In Cruising for Conspirators Alecia Long offers us a fresh new perspective on an endlessly enthralling subject -- the alleged conspiracy behind the assassination of John F. Kennedy -- revealing how a pervasive cultural and institutional homophobia shaped the prosecution of the only person ever tried in the affair. This is an engrossing and important book, meticulously researched and profoundly relevant to our country's ongoing attempts to grapple with the deep-rooted inequities of the past."
Gary Krist, author of The Mirage Factory and Empire of Sin
"Alecia Long breaks new ground in her important book, Cruising for Conspirators, by demonstrating the role of sexuality in understanding the assassination of JFK. Long dissects Jim Garrison's prosecution of an innocent gay man, Clay Shaw, with steady hands and show how the entire affair needs to have its own place in LGBT history. This incredibly well-written book deserves to be in every major library in the country and academics would be will-advised to use it in their classrooms."
Fred Litwin, author of On the Trail of Delusion, Jim Garrison: The Great Accuser and I Was a Teenage JFK Conspiracy Freak