C. William 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.
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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.
This book effectively demonstrate once and for all that Oswald acted alone. This is the abridged version of the book (the unabridged one is 1,632 pages), and is brilliantly narrated by the Edward Hermann.
Among books that concern the JFK assassination, this one is particularly notable and difficult to ignore because of its author: Vincent Bugliosi. Known primarily as the attorney famous for prosecuting Charles Manson, Bugliosi also acted as the prosecutor in a mock trial for Oswald staged and filmed by a British television station in 1986. Serving as Oswald’s attorney in the trial was Gerry Spence (also well-known for many high profile cases, among them his success with the Karen Silkwood verdict).
The book has two distinct sections: the first is a narrative of the days just before the assassination and leading up to Oswald’s burial. It reads like an exciting police procedural (and was in fact published as a separate book a year later ("Five Days in November"). The rest of the book serves as Bugliosi’s arguments that Oswald acted alone. Bugliosi summarizes all of the most famous conspiracy theories, many of the minor ones, and picks them apart, one by one, with the surgical precision of a brilliant attorney.
For me, it was difficult to stop listening to this book. I was riveted.
This book was impossible to stop listening to! A great detailed account of one of the most horrific events in American history. Edward Herrmann is a wonderful narrator.
I thing the American psyche needs to have a dose of real facts and common sense. Elvis is dead. Oswald was the lone shooter. Your president is not Muslim and, so what, if he was. I think Bugliosi is not only settling a debate that's gone on far too long but also sending a message that the general public and the media ought not be feeding off every conspircacy theory.
The first thing I want to say is that Edward Herrmann's narration is without a doubt the finest narration I have listened to. This book leaves no doubt as to who killed John Kennedy. I never believed the conspiracy theories and Mr. Bugliosi's minute by minute account of the events through the words of the people who were there leaves absolutly no doubt as to what really happened. Too much time was spent on debunking the conspiracy theories in particular there was way too much Oliver Stone. By that time in the book, it was convincingly clear that Oswald acted alone. The assassination is a very compelling piece of history. I wish the book could have incorporated the entire Warren Report, but that would have made for a very long book.
It is clear from Bugliosi's "Reclaiming History" that he has done a thorough job in researching all the aspects of the case that has more controversy than any other case in American History. He lays everything out so completely that if you follow all his research for yourself, there will be few unanswered questions. I truly enjoyed hearing this all followed so logically and unravelling all the conspiracy theories. A wonderful and informative read.
This book tells it all and with out a doubt
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The recounting of the tale that led up to the death, funeral of John Kennedy is historical in the sense that I can remember, when listening to this book, of the immense saddness we all felt over his death. I was a little boy then, and had seen the President when he came to Hannau, Germany, so I knew who he was when he died just a short time afterwards.
The plotline of following Oswald along was fascinating, from the time he was abandoned by his father, to his repeated failures in life that led to the one seminal moment when in his own madness he decided to kill the President. Everything about how he acted, what he said to his wife, his few acquaintances, points to the fact that he acted alone, since in fact he was a loner. How could a man like this conspire with anyone, since he was arrogant, obnoxious and not a team player to act in concert with anyone? No conspiracy existed.
I bought this book primarily because of Edward Hermann. He along with Grover Gardner, Scott Brick and Marc Thompson are your best story tellers. Mr Herman's Einstein and Unbroken were excellent.
The Warren Report
It reconfirmed my belief that conspiracy theories are just nonsense. Oliver Stone did a hatchet job on the American history, and convinced generations of Americans that Kennedy was killed by a conspiracy: He was not.