PLOT: Vincent Bugliosi uses facts to debate the death of JFK
Vincent Bugliosi used a televised (fictious) trial of Lee Harvey Oswald in a docudrama for TV and based this book in his findings.
This is 25 hours more or less and the first 2 parts go over the EXACT movements of JFK and Jackie and Lee Harvey Oswald on the days leading UP to the assignation of the President in Dallas. FACINATING. Using the Warren report and police files and interview Bugliosi holds our interest in the details. We learn details about the shots and autopsy results and what happened to JFK's body after it was shot. We also see the time lines for Lee Harvey Oswald on how he plotted and carried out his deadly SCHEME to kill Kennedy. and his killing of a Dallas Police Office in his escape. We learn more about Ruby who shot Oswald and his motives and means he use to get access to him. This takes on single gun man theory vs conspiracy theories and discusses many types of theories. It includes precise info on the McGruder Film seen many times of the actual event.
I really liked it and the very detailed time lines on all sides of the event. Bugliosi did a first rate job on his details and timelines and putting a very interesting and informative and even entertaining view of the sad events in Dallas.
This is worth the listen for those who like history and want to learn things you have not seen or read before in movies or other books. I give this 5 STARs all the way for excellent plot, very good reader and interesting look at a real life event supported by lots of detailed facts. at 25 hours it is a bit long but covers so much information I was very glued to it all way through~ HIGHLY RECOMMEND.
Yes, very easy to listen to and good, solid evidence given in a courtroom way.
This is much like William L Shirers History of WW2
Very good actor, great voice, easy to understand, a very easy listen
Facts, just the facts mam. This is good stuff. Very clean, very consice with no "fluff" or emotion. Starts off quick, builds up and even in the last part where the author spends his time debunking the conspiracy theories, it is easy to listen to. I've read many of the books he debunks and it is a breath of fresh air to hear someone who knows the facts, and knows how to present facts in a manner to allow a person to "judge" the case solely on the evidence.
Very good book.
Adds depth and clarity to this unfortunate momemt in American history. The book answers all the questions that somone with only a casual knowledge of the event may still have rattling around in the back of their head.
This is an interesting and, for the most part, a well written book. On occasion, however, the author lets himself down by allowing his obvious contempt for conspiracy theorists to shine through and sully his prose with needless sarcasm.
For me, Vincent Bugliosi does demonstrate that Lee Harvey Oswald was not part of a conspiracy to kill Kennedy. So, does that mean I now subscribe to the 'Lone Nut' theory? Well, not exactly. What if Oswald was 'the Patsy' he claimed to be? What if Oswald was an 'unwitting' actor in the drama? After all, he was perfect for the part given his life history and apparent political leanings. Who better to 'set up' as the assassin? Bugliosi himself dismisses the usual suspects in the list of conspirators ie The Mob, The CIA, The FBI, Military Industrial Complex, saying they would be way too smart to hire someone like Oswald. Maybe, however, they were smart enough to set him up.
Bugliosi ridicules the conspiracy buffs by asking how the conspirators not only succeeded in killing Kennedy, but in covering their tracks thereafter. But what if there were two conspiracies, involving two entirely different groups of conspirators? What if there were the criminal conspirators who killed Kennedy, and the establishment conspirators who thought America's image in the world would be best served by the 'Lone Nut' theory? A conspiracy suggests something rotten at the heart of a society, while a deranged individual who just got lucky on the day is a very regrettable, but very minor, blemish on the body politic.
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The fact that Mr. Bugliosi did so much intensive research to validate his findings. Incredible!
Never got bored by his voice!! He keep me rivited.
I would recommend this book to all Kennedy buffs! It gives such great detail and background into the murder of our President.
True, without fault. Bugliosi did more home work than anyone before.
Herman is easy to listen to.
What really happened that day in November of 63.
Having read and been very impresseind with Helter Skelter, I really enjoyed this book. Vincent is spectacularly efficient in putting this huge subject together in a manner that is riveting for every minute of the entire book. It gives another perspective to the conspiracy theories that seem to be prevalent. He is a wonderful writer and this is a tremendous listen. As good as any suspense fiction could ever be. Nobody would be disappointed purchasing this book.
Charles Wm Anderson
I rank Reclaiming History in the top 10% of my vast Audible Library of 400-plus books. I also rank it as one of my favorite five history books (along with Helter Skelter, a book about the Tate-Labianca murders in which I nearly was a witness for the prosecution and a story in which I believe a young man, Roger Guindon, may also have lost his life.
Most importantly, this is the only book that, for me, settles the question as to whether or not Lee Harvey Oswald, acting alone, did commit the horrific murder of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy.
Until I listened to this book I had always felt the conspiracy was a fact. Thanks to Vincent Bugliosi, I now stand corrected.
Thanks to Audible for bringing this classic-to-be to me - C. William Anderson.
I really don't know what to compare this book to. It stands in a class of its own, but, I would encourage readers to listen also to 11-22-63 by Stephen King, believe it or not, because it is a well-researched novel that actually spurred me to listen to Reclaiming History, which had been in my library for years, waiting for me to listen to it.
His reading well communicated the story without getting in the way. Superb performance.
I had an extreme reaction in the sense that I finally realized the conspiracy buffs were wrong. I was wrong. That, and I realized with horror just how often some little misstep by authorities can actually so affect history and our understanding of it.
Think, what if Oswald had been detained at the book depository? Tippett would still be alive. His son would not have gone fatherless.
What if Ruby had not been able to enter through the open garage door. Oswald would have been tried and might have told his story and we all would not have been deluded into conspiracy.
I can't wait to listen to Bugliosi's case against George W. Bush. That will have to wait until after I listen to Stephen King's The Stand!
If you are one of the many countless number of people that believe in conspiracy theories, you need to get this book. Mr. Bugliosi put his "lawyer skills" to the murder of JFK and debunks all the nut job theories that have not allow JFK to rest in peace. He takes on every conspiracy angle and gives concrete proof as to why they don't hold water. Afterwords you will wonder why anyone was ever suckered in to such nonsense. What I enjoyed most about the book was his minute by minute description of what took place before, during and after the assassination. What I didn't like about the book was the long explanations of the many conspiracy angles and why they didn't fit. I was also hoping Mr.Bugliosi would have taken more time to discredit Oliver Stone and his silly movie. It was almost like he ran out of steam by the time he addressed Mr. Stone. I would have lead with Oliver Stone as that single movie has done more to create this madness than anything else.