I bought this book because I really enjoyed Helter Skelter, by the same author, Vincent Bugliousi. Despite being very long and detailed it was fascinatingly written and read.
Unfortunately, I can not say the same about this book...
"Reclaiming History" is too long and goes into tiresome and boring detail. I gave it a good (and long...) chance, but I just couldn't listen through the whole thing. It was way too boring...
This book was recommended to me by a colleague, a journalist, who raved about it. After listening to it, I was amazed that a journalist, of all people, convinced me to give it a try. Bugliosi is very selective in how he presents his 'case', his description of Oswald's demeanor was laughable, his omission of unwelcome facts unforgivable.
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.