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Polls consistently show that a huge majority of the American public doesn’t accept the basic conclusion of the Warren Report, that Lee Harvey Oswald was JFK’s sole assassin. So, one more book purporting to “demolish” that conclusion is unlikely to cause many ripples. Chambers seems to have more serious credentials than such debunkers as Mark Lane or Oliver Stone. He is a physicist and ballistics expert currently working as a contractor for NASA and who previously worked as a research physicist for the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, D.C. Mercifully, Chambers does not indulge in wild conspiracy theories, although his rejection of the single-gunman theory inevitably leads to such conclusions. Rather, the core of his work claims to employ the scientific method to show why Oswald could not have fired all of the shots. As a trained specialist, his use of scientific data gives his assertions an aura of credibility that it may or may not deserve. This is often a riveting read as he sifts through the evidence, but many will find his conclusions unconvincing. --Jay Freeman


"Head Shot is one of the most important books ever written on the JFK assassination. It is a must-read."
-JFK Assassination Web Page

"[Chambers] writes very clear prose that takes on a dizzy, endearing lyricism only when he dwells on the wonders achieved by science. He is mostly sober and commonsensical and forgiving to people he perceives to be making honest mistakes."
-London Review of Books

"I would recommend reading this book. If you are a conspiracist then this proves you right… If you believe the official, lone gunman theory, then you need to know that you have been misled."
-Science Fact and Fiction Concatenation

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 260 pages
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books; First Edition edition (September 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 161614209X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616142094
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.8 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,354,153 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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G. Paul Chambers, PhD (La Plata, MD), has worked as a contractor with the NASA Goddard Optics Branch and is currently working on the development of renewable energy sources with Bellatrix Energy, LLC. Formerly, he worked as the supervisory research physicist for the Energetic Materials and Detonation Science Department of the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Maryland and as a research physicist with the Condensed Matter and Radiation Sciences Division of the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, DC.

Customer Reviews

I've read countless books on the assassination, and this one might be the best.
Midwest Reader
This book is marred by some pretty basic errors that a more careful writer and/or editor should have avoided.
G. Haneke
Mr. Chambers offers compelling science that there was a second shooter therefore a Conspiracy.

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34 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Richard Masloski on December 5, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I have mixed emotions regarding this book. On page 180, Mr. Chambers - in discussing possible tampering with the Zapruder film - says that "matte" scenes in movies are "literally 'painted' onto the film." But they are not. They are painted onto glass and put in front of a rolling camera to be photographed and eventually mixed with the live action. Now, Mr. Chambers is all for science and statistics. Everything is analyzed with pinpoint precision: body reaction time to bullet entry, acoustic evidence matched to the Zapruder film, angles of rifle(s) firing, and so forth. The author places all of his belief and faith and conclusions on the fact that, by his lights, science does not lie. And yet...matte scenes in movies are NOT painted onto the actual film. This seemingly small matter is troubling. For if he is wrong in understanding matte paintings in movies...what has he misrepresented in his analysis of the evidence in the JFK assassination?

Other weaknesses in the book include way too much padding about science history. Chapter 4 is an extremely distracting, unnecessarily long look into the Piltdown Man scientific hoax that began in 1909. While I understand why the author wished to use this incident in order to describe "how science arrives at the truth" it just derails the matter at hand. Other references to science history are less detailed but also strike me as being filler and padding for an already slim volume.

Another weakness is Mr. Chamber's somewhat schizoid attitude to drawing conclusions about the murder of Kennedy. On page 230 he writes as to who possibly was behind the murder of the President - "I do not know. I must leave it to others more knowledgeable than I am to determine who killed Kennedy and why. Some historians may settle for mysteries.
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20 of 27 people found the following review helpful By harriet vane on October 11, 2010
Format: Hardcover
With incredible detail, G. Paul Chambers takes on the enormous and often examined day in Dallas. It is a fascinating and marketable approach to the subject. The forensic detail will have every follower of CSI or SVU hanging on every word. The chapters that detail witness evidence and the medical evidence shed light into the shadows of this tragic day. Its interesting to have someone with Mr Chambers' expertise in physics revisit elements of the case, and his professional opinion is very readable. Conspiracy theorists, true crime fans and history buffs will all get something new from this analysis
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Paul Trejo on July 24, 2011
Format: Hardcover
The reason I prefer this new book by G. Paul Chambers is that he doesn't try to sensationalize the evidence. Chambers makes a firm commitment to scientific objectivity in his concise, 250-page case that there had to be at least one more shooter than Oswald in the JFK assassination. This was the same conclusion reached by the US Congress' House Select Committee on Assassinations (HSCA, 1979) which also rejected the Warren Commission's "lone nut" theory with its "magic bullet" baggage. Yes - even the US Government no longer believed the Warren Commission by 1979. To rise to the official opinion of the HSCA, and to do that by reading only 250 pages, I highly recommend this book by G. Paul Chambers. Also, if you'd like to specialize in the ballistics, medical and media analyses of the JFK assassination, this is an excellent place to start. In my opinion, having read nearly every conspiracy theory published on the JFK assassination for a quarter century, this book by G. Paul Chambers is the best book of the 21st century (so far).
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24 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Ralph Cinque on October 19, 2010
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Perhaps I should have been alerted by the title, Head Shot, because that's what this book is about. The author, a physicist and engineer, waxes scientific to explain why the laws of physics dictate that if Kennedy's head went back and to the left from the head shot, it must mean that the shot came from the right front, ie, the Grassy Knoll. Well, to those who are well read on the assassination and who are not drawing a disinformation stipend from the CIA, that's like JFK 101. You really don't need a PhD in Physics to figure that out. A short explanation of the Physics would have sufficed. But, because he devoted so much time to that (like a Professor), he just brushed over everything else. He didn't analyze any of the other shots that way. He never tried to explain Connally's injuries except to say that he rejected the Single Bullet Theory. Thanks, but could you elaborate? Exactly how many shots hit Connally? Chambers doesn't commit himself. Where exactly were the shots fired from? Again, Chambers doesn't commit himself. Besides the TSBD and the Grassy Knoll, he suggests some other possible locations, but he doesn't really delve into it. Was there also a small-caliber head shot from the rear that preceded the big fatal blast from the front? He seems to think it's possible, although he rejects the notion that a shot from the rear caused the very small forward movement of Kennedy's head just before the big blowout. He thinks that forward movement was probably due to the slowing of the vehicle.

Chambers reviews the eye-witness testimony quite thoroughly but doesn't provide anything new.
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