Bugliosi's matter-of-fact, minute-by-minute account of the assassination is riveting. Obviously from other comments here, not everyone had the same response; I can only speak for myself. I found it difficult to pause the narrative, willing to listen for minutes and then hours past my usual threshold. When Bugliosi came to the Tippett murder, I felt like I was standing on the corner, another eye-witness. (Edward Hermann's narration, by the way, is first-rate.)
Bugliosi analyzes the JFK assassination using as if it were a simple murder investigation basing his conclusions on facts and not speculation. He lays out a complete time line of the day of the murder, provides motives and evidence for Lee Harvey Oswald being the lone assassin, and shows that conspiracy theorist often rely on long debunked false information on which to base their outlandish claims. The only complaint is that the audio book is abridged.
This is a minute by minute recounting of what happened that horrible day in Dallas as reconstructed from the Warren Commission Report and reliable sources since. The narration was terrific, but the content was somewhat disappointing. At times it sounded like a "We Were There" historical-fiction book. To those familiar with Bugliosi's previous works, it is not as devastating and persuasive as say his other book, Outrage -- the magnificent deconstruction of the OJ trial.
Nevertheless, Bugliosi is one of the finest legal minds in the US today. This book will be scorned and largely discounted by all those who have already invested a lot of reputation in asserting that Kennedy was murdered by a group of conspirators.
After listening to this first rate analysis of the assassination and various conspiracies you'll be hard pressed not to laugh in anyone's face that thinks Oswald didn't do it alone. Some say Bugliosi is too smarmy in his deflections, but honestly, after the nonsense has persisted for this long, I don't blame him. Great listen, download it now and put this case to rest for good.
I have gone as far as visiting the Dallas site of the shooting. I thought I was well informed. But a year or so ago I saw a special on one of the science chanels that stated the seat for the gov was not directly in front of Kennedy as I was lead to believe from all the conspircy theories. A simple view of the limo at Parkland would show that to be a huge error! I then had doubts about a conspircy. After this read, I am firmly convinced that Oswald was the shooter and that the Warren report was very well done.
The critical thinking and the author incentive for us to use logic, critical thinking and a good measure of doubt is excellent in itself.
I was very disappointed that there is substantial parts of the Hardcover copy's content missing from the audio version of this book.
Although there is content missing I would recommend this book to many of my friends.
The narrator Edward Herrmann does a superb job reading the content.
I initially wished to purchase the Kindle version of this book to complement my hardcover copy of the title. Unfortunately I am unable to purchase this title in e-book format in NZ, so I was pleased to have access to this audio version. I wonder if the Kindle version is also missing some of the text like this audio version??
I'm open to any book as long as it is true to itself.
I have read a lot around this subject, but this book really fills in so much detail around the events. The painstaking detail is so comprehensive that this must be THE book for a blow-by-blow account of the day. Absolutely fascinating and well presented.
straightforward, thorough, meticulously rational. a clear, concise detailing of the entire event and a spectacular dressing down of the conspiracy theorists. brilliant.
If you are an intelligent human who truly wants to learn what really happened on November 22, 1963, then I recommend you read this compelling book. It is long, and there are some parts of it that may boarder on the tedious, but I would say that 95% of this listen is mesmerizing. Bugliosi not only lays out the facts, he also argues, as any intelligent lawyer would do, to convince his readers that both Oswald and Ruby acted alone over that awful weekend. His arguments are logical, sensical, supported by irrefutable evidence, and thoroughly convincing. He even takes the time to go through just about every fragment of every conspiracy theory that exists, and patiently explain why those theories do not and cannot hold up. An excellent and refreshing listen, totally devoid of bs. Again, if you really want the truth, and you are possessed of common sense, give this a listen. In the end, you will wonder how Oliver Stone can sleep at night. Yes, it is hard to accept that someone as inconsequential as Oswald could, without much planning, take down someone as consequential as Kennedy. And yet it happened. Sometimes it is exactly what it looks like. Life is bizarre and unpredictable, and often tragic.