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Reclaiming History: The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy

by Vincent Bugliosi

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Hard to argue with how good this is, and what an achievement – the work of one man over 20 years, covering as much of the goings on surrounding the assassination as can feasibly be fit in one book. The case against Oswald is set out conclusively, and by the end of it there’s no real doubt as to what happened. The section discussing the conspiracy theories is often good fun and a slightly scary insight into the crazy things people will actually believe, as well as the limp, ridiculous ideas people will accept if it suits their dislike of government or whatever else. It’s enjoyable to read the idea that someone as pig-headed and unreliable as Oswald was useful to anyone as a hitman or a patsy, or that the actually-mentally-ill Jack Ruby would be trusted to so much as buy a pint of milk for the mob, given the complete lack of respect they deserve. Perhaps the best bit in this vein is the 100-or-so page chapter pointing out the endless lies in Oliver Stone’s movie JFK – Bugliosi apologies for even discussing the film, as it lessens the quality of his book to engage with such tripe, but accepts it is necessary given the film’s popularity – and all its self-contradictory, invented guff.

The book has an unexpected strength too in its many digressions – on the history of the mob in the USA, the way in which bullet fragments can be identified and linked to a particular rifle etc – which give a wide variety of information on subjects I, at least, would never take time to read about otherwise. ( )
1 vote roblong | Aug 8, 2011 |
"We're heading into nut country," Kennedy remarked en route to Dallas. I have the same feeling whenever I approach the obsessive conspiracy literature, which invariably ignores the mountains of evidence convicting Oswald in order to dilate on trivial inconsistencies in the Warren Report. Bugliosi provides a nice antidote here. It's a thoroughly (if morbidly) engrossing refutation of all - yes, all - the kooky assassination theories.

Has Bugliosi succeeded in his grandiose attempt to 'reclaim history' with this hypertrophic hatchet job? Probably not, but hey, Proust completely failed to 'recapture lost time' with his even longer, more grandiose project. Me, I'll take a meaty discussion of JFK's autopsy over a Combray madeleine any day.
  SnootyBaronet | Aug 2, 2010 |
Maybe this is the only book anyone will ever need to read on the Kennedy assassination. Bugliosi systematically demolishes theory after theory and concludes what so many people seemed surprisingly reluctant to believe in the first place - that a lonesome loser, almost on a whim, could destroy the life of a charismatic and powerful man. In the claustrophobically overcrowded field of Kennedy assassination literature, it is such a relief to have someone, at long last, talking sense, but Bugliosi occasionally leavens a grave and tragic subject with humour when spotlighting the more ridiculous of the theories - who cares if he gets a bit sarcastic at times with people who thoroughly deserve it? His imaginary account of a conversation between Ruby and the mob if the mob had lined him up to eliminate Oswald is absolutely hilarious (pp 1142-1144.)

For once, a work on the assassination that should not have remained a tree. ( )
1 vote brianfstevenson | Oct 25, 2008 |
First of all, you gotta love a book that weighs this much! This is truly exhaustive in every sense of the word. On the plus side, there is almost no aspect of the Kennedy assassination that is not addressed in this book. On the minus side, the author does indulge in quite a bit of sarcastic commenting on the writing and research of others.

This is definitely a must-have if you're interested this subject at all. Just do some strength training before you go to the bookstore because this is one huge book! ( )
1 vote lesadee | Aug 27, 2007 |
This book has 1512 pages of text, a 22-page bibliography, and an index of 69 pages as well as 978 pages of endnotes on a CD-ROM and 170 pages of source notes, also on the CD-ROM. It is an awesomely detailed account of the events in Texas on 22 Nov 1963 and everything related thereto. There is no doubt that Bugliosi has done a great job and since I have been convinced ever since I read Case Closed by Posner on 31 Dec 1993 that Oswald was the murderer and that there was no conspiracy, this book confirmed my beliefs. I also found the book very funny, frequesntly laughing out loud when Buglioi related some of the far-out things the conspiracy advocates assert happened. Anyone who wants to know what happened in relation to Kennedy's assassination should read this book. The time it takes to read it is time well spent. ( )
  Schmerguls | Aug 24, 2007 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0393045250, Hardcover)

For over forty years the truth about the assassination of President John F. Kennedy has been obscured. This book releases us from a crippling distortion of American history.

This extraordinary and historic book required twenty years to research and write. The oft-challenged findings of the Warren Commission—Lee Harvey Oswald, acting alone, shot and killed President John F. Kennedy—are here confirmed beyond all doubt. But Reclaiming History does much more than that. In addition to providing a powerful and unprecedented narrative of events and a biography of the assassin, it confronts and destroys every one of the conspiracy theories that have grown up since the assassination, exposing their selective use of evidence, flawed logic, and outright deceptions. So thoroughly documented, so compellingly lucid in its conclusions, Reclaiming History is, in a sense, the investigation that completes the work of the Warren Commission. In it, Vincent Bugliosi, the nation's foremost prosecutor, takes on the most important murder in American history.

At 1:00 p.m. on November 22, 1963, President John F. Kennedy was pronounced dead, the victim of a sniper attack during his motorcade through Dallas. That may be the only fact generally agreed upon in the vast literature spawned by the assassination. National polls reveal that an overwhelming majority of Americans (75%) believe that there was a high-level conspiracy behind Lee Harvey Oswald. Many even believe that Oswald was entirely innocent. In this continuously absorbing, powerful, ground-breaking book, Vincent Bugliosi shows how we have come to believe such lies about an event that changed the course of history.

The brilliant prosecutor of Charles Manson and the man who forged an iron-clad case of circumstantial guilt around O. J. Simpson in his best-selling Outrage Bugliosi is perhaps the only man in America capable of writing the definitive book on the Kennedy assassination. This is an achievement that has for years seemed beyond reach. No one imagined that such a book would ever be written: a single volume that once and for all resolves, beyond any reasonable doubt, every lingering question as to what happened in Dallas and who was responsible.

There have been hundreds of books about the assassination, but there has never been a book that covers the entire case, including addressing each and every conspiracy theory and the facts, or alleged facts, on which they are based. In this monumental work, the author has raised scholarship on the assassination to a new and final level, one that far surpasses all other books on the subject. It adds resonance, depth, and closure to the admirable work of the Warren Commission.

Reclaiming History is a narrative compendium of fact, forensic evidence, reexamination of key witnesses, and common sense. Every detail and nuance is accounted for, every conspiracy theory revealed as a fraud on the American public. Bugliosi's irresistible logic, command of the evidence, and ability to draw startling inferences shed fresh light on this American nightmare. At last it all makes sense. 32 pages of illustrations

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Polls reveal that over 75 percent of Americans believe there was a conspiracy behind Lee Harvey Oswald; some even believe Oswald was entirely innocent. In this absorbing and historic book--the first ever to cover the entire case--Vincent Bugliosi shows how we have come to believe such lies about an event that changed the course of history. Bugliosi is perhaps the only man in America capable of "prosecuting" Oswald for the murder of President Kennedy. His book is a narrative compendium of fact, forensic evidence, reexamination of key witnesses, and common sense. Every detail and nuance is accounted for, every conspiracy theory revealed as a fraud upon the American public. Bugliosi's irresistible logic, command of the evidence, and ability to draw startling inferences shed fresh light on this American nightmare. At last we know what really happened. At last it all makes sense.--From publisher description.… (more)

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