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Reclaiming History: The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy | [Vincent Bugliosi]

Reclaiming History: The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy

Polls reveal that 85 percent of Americans believe there was a conspiracy behind Lee Harvey Oswald. Some even believe Oswald was entirely innocent. In this encyclopedic, absorbing audiobook, Vincent Bugliosi shows how the public has come to believe such lies about the day that changed the course of history. Bugliosi has devoted almost 20 years of his life to this project, and is determined to show that, despite the overwhelming popular perception, Oswald killed Kennedy and acted alone.
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Publisher's Summary

Polls reveal that 85 percent of Americans believe there was a conspiracy behind Lee Harvey Oswald. Some even believe Oswald was entirely innocent. In this encyclopedic, absorbing audiobook, Vincent Bugliosi shows how the public has come to believe such lies about the day that changed the course of history.

Bugliosi has devoted almost 20 years of his life to this project, and is determined to show that, despite the overwhelming popular perception, Oswald killed Kennedy and acted alone.

The brilliant prosecutor of Charles Manson and the man who forged an ironclad case of circumstantial guilt around O. J. Simpson in his best-selling Outrage, Bugliosi is perhaps the only man in America capable of "prosecuting" Oswald for the murder of President Kennedy. Reclaiming History is a narrative compendium of fact, ballistic evidence, reexamination of key witnesses, and common sense. Every detail and nuance is accounted for, every conspiracy theory revealed as a fraud upon the American public.

Bugliosi's irresistible logic, relentless pursuit of the truth, and command of the evidence shed fresh light on this American nightmare, providing a new understanding of what did and did not happen in Dallas on November 22, 1963. At last we know what really happened. At last it all makes sense.

©2007 Vincent Bugliosi. All rights reserved; (P)2007 Simon and Schuster Inc. All rights reserved.

What the Critics Say

"Vincent Bugliosi is an American master of common sense, a punishing advocate and a curmudgeonly refreshing voice of reason....With this work, Bugliosi has definitively explained the murder that recalibrated modern America. It is a book for the ages." (Los Angeles Times Book Review)

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    Lawrence D. Clayton Colorado Springs 08-28-12
    Lawrence D. Clayton Colorado Springs 08-28-12 Member Since 2012

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    "On an equal footing with Helter Skelter"
    Would you listen to Reclaiming History again? Why?

    Yes--- This is a detailed, well researched book that puts the conspiracy industry where it belongs. Folks like Oliver Stone have allowed their fears and suspicions to take charge of their judgement and ethics.


    What other book might you compare Reclaiming History to and why?

    Helter Skelter. Because of the author, the style and level of detail are the same. It recalls the bad old days of the sixties. This is the single most significant event of that decade and perhaps the century. America was one country before this day and another the next. This is an important work.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    It's not a scene, but the behavior of Mrs. Kennedy showed us what a class lady she was. She was one of a kind and far more admirable than her husband or any one else for that matter.


    Any additional comments?

    Lee Harvey Oswald was a creep but did not fall far from the tree. His mother was what you'd expect this little psycho to come from. If there is a message for us to take from this episode, it's that any worthless **** can have a profound effect. Lee Harvey Oswald was certainly worthless and got "lucky".

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    brian 05-27-13
    brian 05-27-13 Member Since 2010
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    "The Truth Will be Revealed."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Reclaiming History to be better than the print version?

    NOt quite, it's abridged. I've never liked abridged books much.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Reclaiming History?

    I can't pick one. The whole thing was amazing.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    How the author tore into the conspiracy theories (I strongly doubt any conspiracy took place at al on that day._


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Let the Truth Reveal itself.


    Any additional comments?

    For people who don't believe in conspiracy theories like myself or for the curious, this is an excellent listen.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Lindsay Charleston, SC, United States 06-20-07
    Lindsay Charleston, SC, United States 06-20-07 Member Since 2002
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    "Exceptional Detailed Account"

    Bugliosi's latest is a welcome breath of fresh air on a subject that has seen little since the mid 1960's. In particular, Bugliosi crushes Oliver Stone's mythical JFK film as the complete fraud that it was. Anyone having a sense of intellectual honesty on this subject oughtta do two things: 1. Watch JFK, 2. then read this book.

    14 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Adam Bedford Rockford, MI USA 06-16-12
    Adam Bedford Rockford, MI USA 06-16-12

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    "Starts fast, ends a litte slow"

    The first half of this audiobook was top notch - the author's step by step, minute by minute walk through the Kennedy Assassination was excellent. I've read many books on the assassination, but this is the first time I've heard the lead-up, the event, and the aftermath presented in this format - I found it very engaging and learned how to connect many of the dots I've read about. I may listen to this portion again in the future.
    The author's rantings about the various conspiracy theories was interesting at times, but got tiring quickly. I generally agree with everything he said, but it felt like I was reading a personalized hate letter to 15 or so conspiracy writers - you disagree and the facts are on your side, WE GET IT. I lost interest in this section quickly.
    Recommended - at least for the first portion.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    JoAnn Marcon 07-31-07 Member Since 2001
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    "Parts are interesting"

    This is not the first book that I have read on this topic having read some of the bestselling Kennedy assassination books both believing in a conspiracy and others believing the offical reports.

    I found the part of this book that explains the actual events in a timeline discussing the 24 hours before and the two days after the events to be a compelling narrative.

    The discussion of the evidence in an objective manner (ie the Zapruder film, the ballistics, the issues surrounding the autopsy report) was quite interesting as well and I learned a great deal of information that was new to me. This is because he was able to subject some of the evidence, such as pictures, to new techniques.

    However, the author seems quite angry at the people who believe any aspects of the conspiracy theories and labels them with unflattering words. I think if this part of the book had been more objective, the book would have been better.

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    John Natick, MA, United States 08-21-07
    John Natick, MA, United States 08-21-07
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    "Slow Story"

    Reclaiming history is a long drawn out story written more like a law brief that a telling of actual events. The beginning of the story is fascinating and interesting. As the story goes on it feels as if the author was just trying to fill pages with redundant facts. This audio book was difficult to get thru.

    8 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Laura Lawton, OK 01-31-10
    Laura Lawton, OK 01-31-10

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "Drawn out"

    The first part was interesting, then it became long and drawn out. The author spends alot of time trying to convince, instead of presenting an argument. I'm still not convinced it was not a conspriacy.

    6 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Tad Davis Philadelphia, PA USA 10-12-07
    Tad Davis Philadelphia, PA USA 10-12-07
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    "Riveting"

    Bugliosi's matter-of-fact, minute-by-minute account of the assassination is riveting. Obviously from other comments here, not everyone had the same response; I can only speak for myself. I found it difficult to pause the narrative, willing to listen for minutes and then hours past my usual threshold. When Bugliosi came to the Tippett murder, I felt like I was standing on the corner, another eye-witness. (Edward Hermann's narration, by the way, is first-rate.)

    6 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    David Taoyuan HsienTaiwan 06-03-07
    David Taoyuan HsienTaiwan 06-03-07
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    "Entertaining Defense of Warren Report"

    This is a minute by minute recounting of what happened that horrible day in Dallas as reconstructed from the Warren Commission Report and reliable sources since. The narration was terrific, but the content was somewhat disappointing. At times it sounded like a "We Were There" historical-fiction book. To those familiar with Bugliosi's previous works, it is not as devastating and persuasive as say his other book, Outrage -- the magnificent deconstruction of the OJ trial.

    Nevertheless, Bugliosi is one of the finest legal minds in the US today. This book will be scorned and largely discounted by all those who have already invested a lot of reputation in asserting that Kennedy was murdered by a group of conspirators.

    14 of 24 people found this review helpful
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    Nicola Davis, CA, USA 05-16-09
    Nicola Davis, CA, USA 05-16-09
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    "JFK assasination through the eyes of a prosecutor"

    Bugliosi analyzes the JFK assassination using as if it were a simple murder investigation basing his conclusions on facts and not speculation. He lays out a complete time line of the day of the murder, provides motives and evidence for Lee Harvey Oswald being the lone assassin, and shows that conspiracy theorist often rely on long debunked false information on which to base their outlandish claims. The only complaint is that the audio book is abridged.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    swindon, wiltshire, england, Wiltshire, United Kingdom
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    "Thorough but not convincing"

    I started as a firm believer in the conspiracy theory and have studied a great deal of books and films on the subject. I have been to Dealey Palaza and the 6th floor museum, and even to Kennedys grave at Arlington. I wanted to give the Oswald acting alone theory a chance to ensure I was looking at all evidence and not solely what I firmly believed. Although incredibly well researched and Mr Bugliosi has clearly dedicated a substantial part of his life to this cause and is passionate and resolute, he hasn't done anything to change my mind. Some of his theories are baffling in the extreme and at times he devotes huge amounts of time and effort to events that are clearly ludicrous whilst ignoring entirely key factors of the assassination. I have read a review which describes Mr Buglioi's style as arrogant condescension towards readers who may not share his views, and I would concur with this. At times I found myself arguing with the author whilst listening on my ipod, as I was so incensed by the patronising and sarcastic way in which he treats readers/listeners who believe that Lee Harvey Oswald did not act alone. I wanted to give it a fair go, and in listening to the 17 hours of narration I really did have to endure it. I was relieved when it came to an end. Good narrator though, great voice.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • John
    Epsom, Surrey, United Kingdom
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    "Puting to rest insane conspiracy theories"

    Lee Harvey Oswald killed JFK, on his own, and was in turn shot by the incensed and equally disturbed Jack Ruby, on his own. The CIA were not involved, the FBI were not involved andthe mob were not involved. These are obvious conclusions for anyone that uses evidence in their decision making process.

    In 'Reclaiming History' Vincent Bugliosi sets out the evidence and dispels the conspiracy theories with a lot of common sense and a healthy wit. Highly reccommended.

    3 of 9 people found this review helpful
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