This is undoubtedly the most scientific, unbiased, comprehensive, and convincing account of the details surrounding the JFK assassination. The author approaches this book not by simply setting out to prove or disprove a specific theory, or to offer unsupported conjecture into a case that is already overwhelmingly clouded with opinions, but instead to give a thorough analyzation of the evidence surrounding the assassination.
This book takes the approach of essentially giving a legal approach to the evidence surrounding this case - analyzing what evidence would, and would not hold up in court if Oswald were to have been brought to court. It furthermore continues to follow where the evidence itself leads, to a degree that leaves the reader "beyond reasonable doubt," as would be required in the court of law. The author's words address the known evidence and accounts of the event, as well as addressing popular conjecture, and even facing the opposition to such facts head-on. Each and every statement is supported by scientific evidence, and all work is shown that leaves nothing to the readers assumption or imagination.
I appreciate that this author, as every good scientist would, assesses every 'unknown' about this case within probabilities. It is easy to grow very tired of other conspiracy theorists that claim aspects to be 'indisputable facts,' when it is abundantly clear that the author was not present at the crime, nor is the author privy to any other overwhelming fact. The truth of the matter is, the world may never know for fact the events that took place on this Nov 22nd day, but this author brings into full light - "beyond reasonable doubt" - that the evidence brought about in this book are all compatible with the known circumstances of that day, and that all known evidence has been duly analyzed, all while deciphering how many other theories are entirely incompatible.
This book, while interesting and well-executed, frustratingly highlights the majority of the well known discrepancies in the JFK assassination, without out drawing any competent conclusions. The author seems to be locked in on some of the absurdities of the Warren Commission's report, and simply uses the report's short comings as circumstantial evidence for Oswald's alleged innocence, yet does not really validate his own assumptions with anything evidence of significant solidity.
I would venture to say that this book does little more than point out that the Warren Commission's findings would never have held up in a legitimate court of law - which is an issue that has been discussed nearly to the point of nausea, and fully accepted in many circles. However, if pointing out the flaws of the Warren Commission's report was the only intention of this book, then I would admit that it does so fairly succinctly, in a way that is thorough and comprehensible to the reader. Although, my opinion is that it relies too heavily on sensationalism and possibly over-dramatizes many elements of case.
This book left me disappointed in both content and delivery. The writer lacks any convincing evidence of his fathers claimed guilt for the Zodiac crimes, and does a poor job at convincing the reader that this book is any sort of competent source of information. The author continually gets lost in his own personal story, seemingly forgetting that readers have no reason to be interested in the story of his entire life as an adopted child - but instead we are interested in the true subject of the book, the Zodiac Killer. I felt like it took half of the book to actually get to any real information about his father's past - and when the writer did get to the point, his points were a stretch, and little beyond speculation. I will admit that Stewart's father had some interesting connections to Zodiac, but nothing extremely convincing
Furthermore, the narration performance, and writing style were truly bad, making the book that much more of a disappointment.
It cannot be stated more simply than this - This is the best book I have ever read. Its an unbelievably amazing true story of bravery and determination, that is masterfully written and read in this audiobook. I cannot imagine any person not enjoying this book. Give it a listen - you wont be disappointed.
I can't explain my excitement about this book! Diane is an amazing writer and Davina Porter is brillant. Have heard other narrators attempt this series and had to turn it off. Excellent job!
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