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.
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.
After believing for over 45 years there was a conspiracy to kill president Kennedy, I got this book. It debunks all the B S theories that Oliver Stone, Jim Garrison, and Robert Groden profess, as well as all of the other hack writers that keep the conspiracy theories going for money. Plain common sense with these facts make it so obvious that Oswald acted alone and Ruby acted alone. I was 9 years old when this happened, and finally I know the truth.
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.
I like conspiracy theories although I don't often buy into them so usually I would be more inclined towards that kind of book. This is not the kind of book but out was very very good. If you are interested at all in the jfk assassination this is required reading.
I have no way of knowing this.
Yes, but with no faith in his objectivity
In progress (Teddy Roosevelt but Doris Kearns Goodwin)
In the first part of his book, Bugliosi provides a fast paced, detailed narrative of the official Warren Report version of the JFK assassination. Unfortunately, the rest of the book exposes his huge bias in favor of the official version, and his equally huge contempt for anyone who does not wholeheartedly accept that version. His bias causes him to do exactly the same thing that he castigates the conspiracy theorists for doing: cherry-picking any evidence that supports his theories while ignoring or dismissing everything else. He also raises several issues that he then ignores, including: 1). The assassin on the 6th floor was staring intently at the grassy knoll until shortly before taking his firing position as the motorcade came around the corner; 2). The "escape" route by Oswald that initially took him a number of blocks in the opposite direction from his boarding house; 3). the mysterious phone calls to law enforcement officials warning that Oswald would be killed shortly before Oswald was actually killed; 4). The FBI's destruction of a letter from Oswald. Moreover, he oversimplifies the possibilities, concluding that because there was no evidence of a government conspiracy, then there could have been no conspiracy of any origin, and that because one bullet hit JFK in the rear of his head, then no other shots could also have been fired from the front. Furthermore, he blindly trusts the completeness and veracity of all testimony and evidence from every government source while making the gross blunder of repeatedly confusing the "absence of evidence" with "evidence of absence" in his numerous assertions that no relevant facts could possibly remain hidden for fifty years. So anyone who wants a good overview of the official version of the JFK assassination should simply listen to the first part of this book and skip the rest.
The best part was the last chapter. He goes through 32 reasons why Oswald had to be the lone assassin who acted alone. At least 10 of these reasons are 100% proof that it couldn't have been any other way.
An incredibly well-researched book, lucidly laid out.
If you subscribe to conspiracy theories surrounding the assassination of President Kennedy, this book is not for you. However, if you want a detailed account of the movements of the various individuals involved in the shooting -- this is the definitive account, short of going through the Warren Commission Report.
I must confess that I lost interest in the last third of the book because it deals with rebutting the various conspiracy theories. This is in now way the author's fault -- conspiracy theories bore me.
I recommend pairing this book with William Manchester's Death of a President which largely deals with the assassination from the point of view of the victim and his family, friends, and aides. Vincent Bugliosi's Reclaiming History is more of a crime procedural in that it devotes a great deal of time to the event, pursuit, and apprehension of the assassin. The result of this pairing is a vivid portrait of a shocking and confounding event that has managed to leave an indelible mark on the American psyche.
all i can say is the logic in this book is unassailable. extremely thorough, obviously opinionated and "one sided", but hard to argue against.