First off, Edward Hermann is brilliant in his narration. What a great voice to lend to this book. The first half on specific timeframes of the events offers a lot of information I hadn't heard before. Very interesting stuff. While the second half is worth listening to, I found myself becoming more annoyed every time the author hurled another negative descriptor onto conspiracy theorists, claiming them to be either stupid, ignorant, deliberately misleading, misinformed, or whatever term he wished to use. While I am sure he did his homework before writing it, should I really believe everything he says simply because he says it? Even with this question, it was a wonderful review of a time I lived through and have read many works about.
I enjoy listening to audiobooks while working in my shop or around the house -sort of mental multitasking.
The first half of this book is a very spellbinding minute to minute account of the actions of all of the principle figures involved in the murder of President Kennedy from days before the crime through the killing of Lee Harvey Oswald. It is educational as well as interesting. The presentation of these facts was enough to convince me of the truth of the author's assertion that Lee harvey Oswald acted alone in the murder of the president. I would give this half of the book a 5 star rating.
In the second half of the book I was lost in a maze of unfamiliar names of fbi agents, cia agents, and conspiracy theorists. I am sure the author felt the need for this part of the book to try to convince hard core conspiracy theorists that his theory is correct. However, unless you are a real student of the murder of the president, this part of the book may be as dull and meaningless to you as it was to me.
It is worth getting the book just for the first part. I recommend listening to that much at least.
The killing of JFK will always make interesting reading and this story is very will written. Listing to this "documentary will take away the doubt about who was lone killer.
The specificity and rationality of this book make it compelling and convincing. I was in elementary school when JFK was assassinated and thought I had dealt with it, but this brought back my own memories of that day and the long, long weekend following it. Thank you, Mr. Bugliosi, for your detailed verbal portrait. It honors the memories of both the president and Officer Tippett, and those whose lives were affected by these senseless murders, by refuting and de-romanticizing the emotionalism of the conspiracy theorists.
Brilliant. A Great listen. Now, could Mr. B. please turn his use of insight and logic on the living tools who now push a 9/11 coverup? I'd be quite happy if he did.
This book was one of the best I've downloaded. The narration was the best. I highly recommend this book. It great contains great information.
Bugliosi gives an unemotional logical chronology of the events of November 22-24 1963 with chilling effect. His analysis left this reader very comfortable with the fact that Lee Harvey Oswald was the lone assasin of President Kennedy. The last half of the book effectively debunks the conspiracy theories. I have read a great number of books on this subject over the last 40 years and found this one to be one of the best. Highly recommended.
As a witness to the events of November 22, 1963 and the conspiracy nonsense that followed, I was pleasantly surprised by Mr. Bugliosi's book. Thoughfully presenting the evidence of the real crime, Oswald's assassination of the President, a rationale person would be persuaded of Oswald's sole complicity in the foul deed. Mr. Bugliosi has utilized the Warren Commision's and the House Committee on Assasination's thorough reports to de-bunk the conspiracy arguments one by one. A must read.
I came into this book as one of those who believed a few of the elements supported by those who believed a conspiracy existed to assassainate President Kennedy, yet with an open mind.
Mr. Bugliosi, one of America's most reputable prosecutors, has written the definitive book about the events of November 22, 1963, what led up to it, and the aftermath. Edward Herrmann's narration brings the events into the present, as if they happened only recently.
Bugliosi's attention to detail and ensuring all the details were covered and described, including the Warren Commission and the two subsequent Congressional select committees, has once and for all shot down *every* theory advanced by the "conspiracy buffs", including Jim Garrison (whose book "On The Trail of the Assassains" was the basis for the Oliver Stone film "JFK"). He has, indeed, reclaimed history.
For those who still believe a conspiracy was involved, read/listen to this book. You *will* change your mind. I did. Case closed: Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone, and was the sole gunman.