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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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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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    Molly Goshen, IN, United States 08-19-12
    Molly Goshen, IN, United States 08-19-12

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    "FACTS vs conspiracy theory ~ JFK ~ long but good"

    PLOT: Vincent Bugliosi uses facts to debate the death of JFK

    Vincent Bugliosi used a televised (fictious) trial of Lee Harvey Oswald in a docudrama for TV and based this book in his findings.

    This is 25 hours more or less and the first 2 parts go over the EXACT movements of JFK and Jackie and Lee Harvey Oswald on the days leading UP to the assignation of the President in Dallas. FACINATING. Using the Warren report and police files and interview Bugliosi holds our interest in the details. We learn details about the shots and autopsy results and what happened to JFK's body after it was shot. We also see the time lines for Lee Harvey Oswald on how he plotted and carried out his deadly SCHEME to kill Kennedy. and his killing of a Dallas Police Office in his escape. We learn more about Ruby who shot Oswald and his motives and means he use to get access to him. This takes on single gun man theory vs conspiracy theories and discusses many types of theories. It includes precise info on the McGruder Film seen many times of the actual event.

    I really liked it and the very detailed time lines on all sides of the event. Bugliosi did a first rate job on his details and timelines and putting a very interesting and informative and even entertaining view of the sad events in Dallas.

    This is worth the listen for those who like history and want to learn things you have not seen or read before in movies or other books. I give this 5 STARs all the way for excellent plot, very good reader and interesting look at a real life event supported by lots of detailed facts. at 25 hours it is a bit long but covers so much information I was very glued to it all way through~ HIGHLY RECOMMEND.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    James 08-04-12
    James 08-04-12 Member Since 2011

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    "Good solid evidence"
    Would you listen to Reclaiming History again? Why?

    Yes, very easy to listen to and good, solid evidence given in a courtroom way.


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

    This is much like William L Shirers History of WW2


    What does Edward Herrmann bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Very good actor, great voice, easy to understand, a very easy listen


    Any additional comments?

    Facts, just the facts mam. This is good stuff. Very clean, very consice with no "fluff" or emotion. Starts off quick, builds up and even in the last part where the author spends his time debunking the conspiracy theories, it is easy to listen to. I've read many of the books he debunks and it is a breath of fresh air to hear someone who knows the facts, and knows how to present facts in a manner to allow a person to "judge" the case solely on the evidence.

    Very good book.

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    Dan 10-01-09
    Dan 10-01-09
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    "Informative"

    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.

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    Joakim MalmoSweden 08-11-09
    Joakim MalmoSweden 08-11-09
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    Everybody should read this book. It´s brilliant and an eye opener.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel GourockUnited Kingdom 07-10-08
    Daniel GourockUnited Kingdom 07-10-08
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    "Reclaiming History"

    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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    joelle 11-24-12
    joelle 11-24-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Consider the following: *****"
    If you could sum up Reclaiming History in three words, what would they be?

    Consider the Following


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

    The fact that Mr. Bugliosi did so much intensive research to validate his findings. Incredible!


    What about Edward Herrmann’s performance did you like?

    Never got bored by his voice!! He keep me rivited.


    Any additional comments?

    I would recommend this book to all Kennedy buffs! It gives such great detail and background into the murder of our President.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ron Billings Portland oregon USA 05-23-12
    Ron Billings Portland oregon USA 05-23-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Bugliosi is GREAT!"
    What did you love best about Reclaiming History?

    True, without fault. Bugliosi did more home work than anyone before.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    Herman is easy to listen to.


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

    What really happened that day in November of 63.


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Len 04-01-12
    Len 04-01-12
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    "Vincent Bugliosi has done it again"

    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.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Charles Wm Anderson @wordpress North Dakota, United States 03-30-12
    Charles Wm Anderson @wordpress North Dakota, United States 03-30-12 Member Since 2002

    Charles Wm Anderson

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    "The Best Explanation of the Kennedy Assassination"
    Where does Reclaiming History rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    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.


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

    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.


    What about Edward Herrmann???s performance did you like?

    His reading well communicated the story without getting in the way. Superb performance.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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!

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Guy Tallahassee, FL, United States 02-24-12
    Guy Tallahassee, FL, United States 02-24-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Take that conspiracy believers!!"

    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.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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