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Case Open: The Unanswered JFK Assassination Questions Paperback – May, 1994


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 188 pages
  • Publisher: Carroll & Graf Pub; Remainder Marked edition (May 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 078670098X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786700981
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,610,446 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Also called Case Open : The Ommissions, Distortions and Falsifications of Case Closed

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33 of 40 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 4, 1999
Format: Paperback
First the down side of Weisberg's book. The editor did a lousy job. A reference to New Orleans District Attorney as "John Garrison" proves that point.
As to the substance. I proudly own every book Weisberg's written. They are often tedious and difficult to read. However to those willing to invest the time, they contain outstanding scholarship and incredible amounts of research effort.
Weisberg attacks the central theme of "the slickster" Gerald Posner in Case Closed. Weisberg wins. Posner could not have done the research he claims in the short time span he's acknowledged.
Weisberg clearly demonstrates that Posner was aided by the CIA by showing how the agency made former soviet spy Nosenko available to him. They don't do that for just anyone. I am of the belief that Posner was a man on a mission and this mission was bought and paid for by the CIA and an establishment willing to kill the Warren critics once and for all.
If the book were edited better I'd give it a 4 or 5 star. However, even at 3 Weisberg kills Posner's slick tome. A good quick read and definately worth the effort.
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27 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Lance J. on April 10, 2001
Format: Paperback
In "Case Open", Harold Weisberg neatly picks apart Gerald Posner's thesis of Lee Harvey Oswald's guilt in the assassination of J.F.K. In doing so, he also exposes many of Posner's somewhat underhanded misappropriation of others' research; factual distortions; and outright dishonesties (whether intentional or not can be left up to the reader to decide). Though poorly edited, this book singlehandedly debunks the "Lone Gunman Theory" and tells us much about the mainstream media's continuing desire to force the "official" version of the truth on the people, despite mountains of evidence to the contrary. Though Weisberg's writing style is difficult at times, it is easy to see that he is far more intimately familiar with the facts of the case than Posner. I wouldn't recommend this book for those not familiar with the more complex and minute details surrounding the assassination (Summers' "Conspiracy" or Lane's "Rush To Judgement" would better serve as introductories to the whole affair), but as a total refutation to Posner's much-hailed work, it scores, taking down the Warren Report one more time in the process.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By TLR on July 25, 2013
Format: Paperback
Written during his declining years, dealing with many health problems, Harold Weisberg's later work is unfortunately bitter, angry and difficult to read. His many unpublished manuscripts at his Archive website ([...] are similar in content. Angry at defenders of the official story like Gerald Posner, and those conspiracy buffs he considered to be shameless self-promoters, Weisberg was often an isolated figure.

In Case Open, Weisberg complains that he granted Posner access to all of his files, and that Posner assured him he was writing an objective book about the exploitation of the JFK assassination by profiteers and publicity-seekers. He let Posner and his wife have complete access to his files, only to find that Posner ignored most of what was in them in writing his book, Case Closed.

Well, that's it. Stick with the Whitewash series, Oswald in New Orleans, Post Mortem, or Never Again.
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20 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 11, 2001
Format: Paperback
Weisberg's "Case Open," successfully picks apart and discredits Gerald Posner's "Case Closed." Weisberg's knowledge of the information, research, and credibility, make his book far more believable and convincing than Posner's weak attempt. Weisberg pokes holes into all of Posner's major arguments and proves the case is far from closed. However, the book is clearly a bitter expression of a feeling of neglect in Posner's book. Weisberg rants about Posner not using his work and successfully alienates the reader. While the information in Weisberg's work is interesting and more likely than Posner's to be fact, it is meant only for those who are familiar with the minute details of the JFK Assassination. If that includes you, this book is a must. For those who, like me, are simply interested in learning more about the case, there are more informative and engaging pro-conspiracy reads with more general points.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 16, 1998
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The book "Case Closed" was a major blow to the pro-conspiracy crowd...or so some hoped. In this revealing and gripping expose', Harold Weisberg fights back against the well-publicized and media-devoured fabrication by Gerald Posner. Insightful, gripping, laced with rage, and stunning in its simple presentation of the facts, this book is a must for anyone who has unquestioningly swallowed the Posner line. Weisberg is a true hero among the sometimes questionable row of conspiracy researchers. Over the course of time he has proven that for some, the truth cannot be bought or sold. Weisberg's brave introduction of facts into the Posner fairyscape is a must-read for any JFK enthusiast on either side of the line. Enjoy!!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Garry Puffer on November 26, 2012
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I regret giving this book four stars, but Mr. Weisberg's prose needed an editor badly. The content deserves five or more stars, but in at least thirty instances I had to stop and reread a sentence several times to figure out what he was trying to say. Perhaps that's unfair, given that he was in his eighties when he wrote this, and really angry as well. But it's not as if this was self-published. I don't understand why such a reputable publisher did not clean up the writing.

That said, Weisberg succeeds in demolishing any shred of credibility that Posner has, from Posner's presenting himself as a "Wall Street Lawyer" (he was not - for the short time that he was employed by a Wall Street firm, he performed the legal equivalent of emptying the ashtrays and mopping the bathrooms) to withholding information in order to make the reader believe that the information he appropriated from Failure Associates was created for him ( it was not - Posner used only the prosecution side of the materials prepared by F.A. to "prove" that Oswald was the Lone Gunman. He had no use for the defense side, which they also prepared.).

These are just two examples of Posner's dishonesty in a list that is almost without number. Yet "Case Closed" was hailed by all major media outlets as "brilliant" or "methodically researched" and the like, almost certainly by people who never really read the book. As Weisberg points out, reputable publishers always have non-fiction books fact checked, but Random House did no such thing for "Case Closed," and no wonder. As David Byrne sang, "Facts are simple, facts are true, facts don't do what you want them to." Certainly true in this case. The last thing Random House wanted was to have someone take an objective look at Posner's book.
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