About

Kicking and screaming.

That’s how Anthony, anyway, will be coming to this blog.

With more than 70 years of reporting and writing experience between us (eight books and more documentaries and articles than we can count), however, we think we have lots still to say. And this is going to be the place we say it.

We’ll be digging into our archives to share stories we’ve written nowhere else, fleshing out and elaborating on the revelations in our latest book, The Eleventh Day. We’ll also be commenting on stories and events that grab our attention – particularly from the worlds of politics, intelligence, and organized crime. Bear with us as we get the bugs out (that was not a jibe, Mr. Murdoch). We hope eventually to be worth the wait.

Anthony Summers & Robbyn Swan

Anthony Summers, the author of seven best-selling non-fiction books, is a former senior journalist with BBC television.  His speciality was coverage of the United States, the Middle East, and the Vietnam War. He smuggled cameras into the Soviet Union to obtain the only interview with Andrei Sakharov when he won the Nobel Prize. He contributes articles to Vanity Fair as does his wife and co-author, the American journalist and author Robbyn Swan. 

Together Anthony Summers & Robbyn Swan have written:

  •             The Eleventh Day: The Full Story of 9/11 & Osama bin Laden
  •             Sinatra: The Life
  •             The Arrogance of Power [a biography of president Richard Nixon]
  •            Official & Confidential [a life of FBI director J. Edgar Hoover]

Mr. Summers is also the author of:

  •             Goddess [a biography of Marilyn Monroe]
  •             Honeytrap [with Stephen Dorril, on Britain’s Profumo spy scandal]
  •             Not in Your Lifetime [an investigation of the assassination of president John F Kennedy]
  •             The File on the Tsar [on the fate of the Romanovs, Russia’s imperial family]

The couple’s latest book, The Eleventh DayThe Full Story of 9/11 and Osama bin Laden, an investigation of the terrorist attacks of September 11 was a Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for History and won the prestigious Gold Dagger for a Non-fiction book on Crime  » read more

6 responses to “About

  1. Grove Koger

    Hello to you both!
    We’re approaching the forty-eighth anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy, and I’m hoping that Mr. Summers has some thoughts about developments that have taken place since the publication of Not in Your Lifetime. I’m currently rereading the book, and routinely refer it to friends and acquaintances as THE starting point for those who want to know more about the event. (I’m also started anew by the many discrepancies in the official record that it documents.) With the fiftieth anniversary coming up, a new edition would be most welcome.
    Best, Grove Koger

  2. Joan Fitzpatrick

    Congratulations to you both on being included in the 2012 Pulitzer Prize winners short list – a well deserved accolade for a marvellously informative book, which will no doubt stand well into the future as a source of well researched fact in an area plagued with fantasy based opinion.

  3. steve smith

    I need to contact Anthony Ward.
    I have information regarding Tom Mangold statement on where he was the night of Stephan Wards’ death.

  4. Mark

    Where can I send my JFK books to get autographed by Mr. Summers?

  5. I am a friend of Tony Montana and will be going on the air with a vintage radio station KiYQ, fm 107.1, in Las Vegas. It is a new station licensed by the FCC and features the great stars and legends of Las Vegas. At night it is great talk radio, featuring conspiracy theories, the mob, Area 51, UFOs and everything else interesting. Throughout the day there will be vignettes and lead-ins to the music and several voice over features.. I would love to play any past recorded interviews of Mr.Summers on any of the subjects he has written. I am happy to do any work necessary to prepare these recordings for on air presentation. Incidentally, I knew Ed Becker and republish his book, All American Mafioso. Ed introduced me to Tony M. I see Tony on a weekly basis. You can listen to my stream at http://www.KiYQ.org.

    Thank you for your consideration.
    Most sincerely,
    Geno Munari

  6. JOHN CHUCKMAN

    I am a long time admirer of Mr. Summers, and I have read a number of his books.

    Since we’re getting close to the anniversary of the Kennedy Assassination, I just wanted to say that your original “Conspiracy” was the greatest book ever done on the subject.

    Only a few others in that vast literature deserve a place alongside it on a bookshelf, and these others are specialty items like “Best Evidence” and “Mary’s Mosaic.”

    Well worth reading still, and I continue to recommend it to people who read my stuff, although it is not so easy to get anymore.

    Although it has some valuable bits and pieces, I was disappointed in “Not in Your Lifetime,” and rather than looking at it as following editions of “Conspiracy,” I view it as an entirely different book.

    Too much influence from “the Mafia did it” crowd, although I fully accept the various indications of their involvement. I’ve just never believed they would take that on, endangering their empire. I don’t doubt they contributed, after all some of them had been working hand-in-hand with CIA on Castro and Cuba, and the man who played a key role, Jack Ruby, had connections.

    Anyway, thanks for hours of interesting an informative reading over the years.

    Readers may be interested in my summary view of the events:

    https://chuckmanwords.wordpress.com/2017/10/31/reflections-on-how-little-is-revealed-by-just-released-jfk-assassination-documents-and-just-some-of-the-many-reasons-why-there-had-to-be-a-conspiracy/

    By the way, have you two ever considered doing a follow-up to Goddess? I think that book also had an awful lot right, but I’ve read something a few years back which suggests convincingly that Bobby Kennedy and the doctor killed her, accidentally, on a night barge-in to grab her papers.

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