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.