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.
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.