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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 607 pages
  • Publisher: Random House; 1st edition (August 31, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0679418253
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679418252
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.4 x 2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (412 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #393,357 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Posner, a lawyer and investigative reporter ( Mengele ), has set himself a major task here and brought it off with considerable panache. In the face of a multitude of assassination books propounding dozens of theories, all of them critical of the lone-assassin/no-conspiracy case, he has come out square for Oswald as the sole culprit. Posner propounds--and offers good evidence for--just three shots, all from Oswald in the Book Depository, and spends nearly half the book on a closely detailed examination of the life of that unhappy and, he claims, ultimately paranoid young man. He also scrutinizes every minute of the time Jack Ruby spent between the assassination and the moment he shot Oswald in the police garage, and cannot find that Ruby's act was other than an outburst of spur-of-the-moment rage born of unexpected opportunity. Posner does not ride, testy and rough-shod, over objections , as lesser proponents of Warren Commission orthodoxy do. He scrutinizes many of the conspiracy theories and theorists carefully, sometimes even with respect, but inevitably finds them wanting. If someone has changed his or her story later (as many witnesses did), he tends to give more credence to their first impressions, before the conspiracy theories tempted them to doubt themselves. And in many cases--perhaps too many--he finds that people whose stories have been widely relied upon by writers are mistaken about time or place, crazy, delusional or otherwise unreliable. About New Orleans D.A. Jim Garrison, the hero of the movie JFK , he is merciless, laying out an endless trail of his lies and exaggerations. Posner is occasionally critical of the Warren Commission and the later House Select Committee investigations, but makes extensive use of their findings, adding to them much recent expert testimony--and technological enhancements of visual and auditory material--to which they did not have access. While not exculpating the FBI or the Dallas Police for their erratic work and lack of cooperation, he casts no suspicion on them, or upon the CIA (whose statements he seems to accept uncritically), for possible involvement in, or foreknowledge of, the crime; and he does not even try to explain why a motorcade so bereft of elementary security precautions was allowed to proceed. Still, this is a painstaking and remarkably thorough presentation of what has become an utterly unfashionable approach. There are extensive notes on sources, and some innovative and helpful graphic reconstructions of the shooting scene and the shots. First serial to U.S. News and World Report.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

The majority of books written on the assassination of John F. Kennedy focus on the various conspiracy theories. This audiobook, based on a critically acclaimed book by a former Wall Street lawyer, uses hard evidence and interviews to show that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone and that none of the conspiracy theories hold any weight. Posner reads his own material, and his voice grates on the listener; however, as the story progresses, the listener has no choice but to forget the narrator and become wrapped up in the unfolding details. This recording should find a home in all public libraries where there is an interest in Kennedy and the assassination.
- Danna C. Bell-Russel, Marymount Univ. Libs., Arlington, Va.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

John Martin of ABC News says "Gerald Posner is one of the most resourceful investigators I have encountered in thirty years of journalism." Garry Wills calls Posner "a superb investigative reporter," while the Los Angeles Times dubs him "a classic-style investigative journalist." "His work is painstakingly honest journalism" concluded The Washington Post. The New York Times lauded his "exhaustive research techniques" and The Boston Globe determined Posner is "an investigative journalist whose work is marked by his thorough and meticulous research." "A resourceful investigator and skillful writer," says The Dallas Morning News.

Posner was one of the youngest attorneys (23) ever hired by the Wall Street law firm of Cravath, Swaine & Moore. A Phi Beta Kappa and Summa Cum Laude graduate of the University of California at Berkeley (1975), he was an Honors Graduate of Hastings Law School (1978), where he served as the Associate Executive Editor for the Law Review. Of counsel to the law firm he founded, Posner and Ferrara, he is now a full time journalist and author.

He is the Chief Investigative Reporter for the Daily Beast (www.thedailybeast/author/gerald-posner). In the past, he was a freelance writer on investigative issues for several news magazines, and a regular contributor to NBC, the History Channel, CNN, FOX News, CBS, and MSNBC. A member of the National Advisory Board of the National Writers Union, Posner is also a member of the Authors Guild, PEN, The Committee to Protect Journalists, and Phi Beta Kappa. He lives in Miami Beach with his wife, author, Trisha Posner, who works on all his projects (www.trishaposner.com).

Customer Reviews

The ideas put forth in this book have been refuted many, many times by researchers and authors like Jim DiEugenio, and others.
Barry S. Sharpnack
Gerald Posner's landmark book destroys many of the myths surrounding the JFK killing and places the focus where it rightly belongs-on Lee Harvey Oswald.
William T. Parnell
The conclusive evidence that Posner gives in his book "Case closed" will be considered by them as a cover up and blindness.
barry braeken

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84 of 101 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 7, 2003
Format: Paperback
There have been several books published in recent years which argue that the Warren Commission's infamous "lone gunman" theory is correct, and that Lee Harvey Oswald, acting alone, did assassinate President John F. Kennedy. However, "Case Closed" by Gerald Posner is easily the best and most reliable of these "anti-conspiracy" books. Posner offers devastating arguments against many of the "loonier" conspiracy theories - such as that Lyndon Johnson or FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover murdered JFK. He also presents detailed arguments against many of the more "respectable" conspiracy theories, such as that Kennedy was killed by the Mafia or by Anti-Castro zealots who were angry at JFK for "abandoning" them during their CIA-sponsored Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba in 1961.

However, I don't believe that Posner has completely "closed the case" on the JFK assassination, and I doubt that anyone will ever solve the case to the complete satisfaction of most people. If you are going to read this book (and I would highly recommend it), then I would also strongly suggest that you read one of the more credible "pro-conspiracy" books for balance, as there are always two sides to every story. In my opinion, the two best "pro-conspiracy" books are Josiah Thompson's "Six Seconds in Dallas", which is respected even by Posner and most defenders of the Warren Commission; and Anthony Summers's "Not In Your Lifetime". This book was originally published in 1980 as "Conspiracy", and it received rave reviews by such prestigious publications as Newsweek, The New York Times, and The Washington Post, and former JFK aides such as Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. praised it.
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87 of 111 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 23, 2000
Format: Paperback
I've read about 15 books on JFK's assassination, both pro- and anti-conspiracy. I would say that Case Closed presents the most comprehensive overview of all the evidence that implicates Lee Harvey Oswald. However, there really isn't much *new* evidence presented, although that's what the book's editorial reviews say. The real value of _Case Closed_ is that Posner picks from works such as the Warren Commission, HSCA report, the experiments and observations of John Lattimer, etc., and summarizes these into one volume. He supplements those with some interviews he conducted with some of the players (for example, some of the ER doctors who attended to JFK, Jack Ruby's brother, the Soviet official who dealt with Oswald's case, Michael Baden, etc.). On the negative side, Posner does tend to summarily discount witnesses whose stories don't support his lone-assassin thesis, such as Silvia Odio. Also, he writes about several witnesses whose recollections support his theory on what happened to Oswald's first shot, but doesn't mention others whose Warren-Commission testimony would contradict his theory. I rate this book four stars, because it does present some good evidence that conspiracy books never mention and refutes many of the most common conspiracy canards. It's also very well written. I couldn't put it down the first time I read it. If you were going to read only one book on the lone-assassin side, I'd recommend this one. However, there are several other lone-assassin books that treat specific aspects of the JFK assassination better than did Posner. For a look into Oswald's possible motive, _Oswald's Game_ is excellent. A good interpretation of the medical evidence is given in _Kennedy and Lincoln_. _Case Closed_ is great if you just want a broad overview of the evidence against Oswald and have the time to read just one book.
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28 of 36 people found the following review helpful By D. Dudley on March 7, 2013
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Unfortunately our country has been over-run by the popularity of conspiracy theory. We have an innate need to believe that evil people with a will and a way can take down our hero. We've seen it with Mark David Chapman and even John Hinckley almost got away with it. It's always hard to believe a nobody can shatter our paradigm, but it does happen and has happened for all time. Conspiracy allows us to have our doubts, to make the crime more powerful and to give us explanation in our grief or fear. Now those who chose to exploit it, Alex Jones and his poor substitute Glenn Beck, prey on the vulnerable and frightened. I recently re-red this book and not only does it slice to pieces the ridiculous conspiracy theorist out there, it also goes into great detail the climate needed to pull off a conspiracy. I remember picking this up years ago after seeing the Movie JFK. By the time I was done I realized what a giant fraud Oliver Stone is and what a disservice he did to this president and this country.

Good job years later Mr. Posner.
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23 of 31 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 13, 1998
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To read a good Posner book, one should turn to the back of the book right away and checks for Works Cited and Sources. It will tell you right away whether you're wasting your time.
Welcome to Wasted Time, Inc. Posner is reaching into some pretty thoroughly discredited sources for this book, and I only say that as I have been reading, listening and watching for several years.
Posner would love to tell the american public that there is no conspiracy, rest easy, your government has it all taken care of. But what about the facts?
Mark Lane, who Posner loves to discredit and ridicule in his book, is the flip side of the coin: Both are attorneys who are careful to say just enough to get their points acroos but without saying that which will get them sued. Selective answers, quotes and memory are the hallmarks of a good lawyer, and any first-year law student will tell you that presentation is everything.
And you'd better believe it.
Oliver Stone's "JFK" cannot be trusted, as it attempts in a comparatively short period of time to bring the viewer up to speed on the assassination, pre- and post- shooting events, global politics, motivations of several parties, present official solutions and alternate theories, and somewhere in there do some entertaining. NO, that's not the way it happened. But the official version doesn't hold water, and Posner knows it. Want to see Posner say, "Look, I know the case isn't closed...?" Keep reading.
A great portion of the american people were awakened by the "JFK" film, and if that is all the film did, then that is enough. People began asking questions, and "Case Closed" was written to put them back to sleep. Don't do it.
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