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Lincoln and Kennedy: Medical and Ballistic Comparisons of Their Assassinations Hardcover – October 1, 1980


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  • Hardcover: 378 pages
  • Publisher: Harcourt; 1st edition (October 1980)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0151522812
  • ISBN-13: 978-0151522811
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 7.8 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,383,498 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Alan Newman on January 10, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book when it was first published, but like many "buffs," I didn't seriously read it because I didn't have any interest in a lone gunman viewpoint. Unlike most self-styled experts, Lattimer actually knows what he is talking about (as both a ballistics expert and a former combat surgeon). But what makes this work most valuable is that Lattimer used actual scientific evidence to back his opinions. For example, he actually shoots skulls and animal carcasses with a Carcano to reproduce the wounds and movements of JFK during the shooting. Go to your local medical school library and look up the peer-reviewed medical journal articles written by Lattimer on this subject if you want an objective scientific view.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Patrick Collins on November 3, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Scholarly, authoritative and compelling - and at the same time an easy read. This book is one of the best resources on the Kennedy assassination available. Never mind the comparisons between Lincoln and JFK though indeed interesting. The Kennedy section is the greater part of the book and is a valuable source of information to the researcher. It seems a shame that this book is often ignored by researchers, perhaps because at first glance it does not appear to be a true "who shot JFK" book. Indeed it is and quite simply one of the best. An excellent contribution to the body of work on this subject and one of the very few actually written by a genuine, professionally trained and experienced individual in the field in which they specialize. The medical and ballistics evidence is presented clearly and is not overcomplicated by tedious over analysis. The book is highly convincing in showing that beyond a reasonable doubt, all the shots were fired from above and behind. A simple example - why was the exit wound in Kennedy's neck so small - because it was really a wound of entry ? No, because the collar and tie held the skin in place to create a small exit wound. Try finding that in any of the other 200 plus books on the subject.
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"Kennedy And Lincoln: Medical And Ballistic Comparisons Of Their Assassinations", published in 1980, is an impressive hardcover volume written by Dr. John K. Lattimer. This book, which spans 398 total pages, is one that I would highly recommend to anyone who is interested in researching the JFK case.

Though Dr. Lattimer has a habit of repeating himself in the text of this volume (sometimes providing triple or even quadruple redundancy when discussing many of the points brought up in the book), his writing style and paragraphing technique are very reader-friendly and easy on the eyes, with bold-face topic headers used frequently to isolate the various sections of evidence he is discussing.

For the first 120 pages of the book, Lattimer focuses his attention on the April 14, 1865, assassination of President Abraham Lincoln, as well as providing interesting details concerning the other two portions of the intricate conspiracy plot that assassin John Wilkes Booth had devised for the elimination of two additional Government officials on that Good Friday back in 1865 -- which were the planned assassinations of Vice President Andrew Johnson and Secretary of State William Seward.*

* = The planned attack on Johnson, however, was aborted entirely; while Seward survived his terrifying ordeal after being savagely and repeatedly stabbed by would-be assassin Lewis Payne.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Betty Burks on August 16, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Both Conspiracies Unequalled in History., August 14, 2006

Reviewer: Betty Burks (Knoxville, TN) - See all my reviews

Strange but true: There are seven letters in each name. Both presidents had legality of their election contested. Both were directly concerned with the issue of civil rights. Both were slain on a Friday and in the presence of their wives. Lincoln was elected in 1860; Kennedy in 1960. Their successors were named Johnson (Andrew of Tennessee and Lyndon of Texas) and were Southern Democrats who had previously served inthe U. S. Senate. Andy was born in 1808; Lyndon in 1908.

Booth and Oswald were murdered before tial could be arranged. Both were Southerners favoring unpopular ideas (both deranged). Lincoln's secretary named Kennedy advised him not to go to the theatre. Kennedy's secretary named Lincoln advised him not to go to Dallas. Both Lincoln and Kennedy were carried in death on the same caisson. Pecularities and similarities, but something to ponder after the fact.

Abraham Lincoln suffered from melancholia, as we are aware due to the History Channel special. He is about the most quoted president we've ever had; "the best thing about the future is that it comes only one day at a time," is attributed to him. A movie was made about this book and its claims, or vice versa. Perhaps the movie was made first.

This book verifies what I have always thought, but a smart person at the library put qualifications on the fact that " Mary Sarratt was the first woman in American history to be hanged." The check-out clerk at the downtown library said that perhaps she had been the first official one. This book claims that there had been a conspiracy plot to kidnap Lincoln, and a conspiracy cover-up.
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