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Reclaiming History: The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy Hardcover – May 15, 2007
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I have no real problem with the length of this book. It takes a lot of words to describe an event this complex. If a photo is worth a thousand words, a few photos would add considerably to the clarity of the book. The book is interesting and fairly easy to read in spite of its length.
I do not take issue with the conclusions. Clearly Oswald was the lone assassin. Clearly Oliver Stone is not the lone prevaricator related to this event.
Next, is a thorough and highly readable biography of Oswald that perfectly complements the prior assassination narrative. Indeed, at the conclusion of this section, I was fairly certain I had stumbled upon a real gem. However, Bugliosi's ultimate intent is to completely destroy a preponderance of conspiracy theories from the nuttiest to the least implausible, and soon the laity must hunker down for a long, and often tedious, sermon.
Further aggravating the slog is Bugliosi's habit of flippantly and frequently taunting the conspiracy theorists or "buffs" as he likes to call them. He possesses less humor than he thinks and despite his feelings for some of the more outlandish theorists, his playground antics detract from what he, himself, believes a serious piece of scholarship.
Things pick up momentarily when Bugliosi rightfully dismantles Oliver Stone's horribly inaccurate and intentionally misleading film, JFK. The more serious pro-conspiracy scholars, themselves, labeled JFK, the movie, a fantasy and Stone assuredly deserves everything Bugliosi hurls at him.
Bottom-line, however, is there is nothing the author can ultimately do to save what steadily becomes a lead weight in the reader's hands.Read more ›
I will share one example that I think is particularly illustrative. Very near the end of his book Bugliosi dedicates a long chapter to Jim Garrison’s dispicable prosecution of Clay Shaw and Oliver Stone’s movie on that subject. I have the movie and, after reading that chapter, I watched the movie again. I can but wholeheartedly agree with Bugliosi’s condemnation of Garrison and Stone. However, I wish to point out a quite specific example regarding Oliver Stone. At the end of the movie, just before the credits, there is a written notice claiming that, in 1979, (I paraphrase) ‘Richard Helms testified (admitted) that Clay Shaw was associated with the CIA’.Read more ›
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I was surprised by the overall low quality of Bugliosi's writing and analysis. He frequently relies on ad hominem attacks and circular reasoning when when he discusses... Read morePublished 9 days ago by KeithX
This book is convoluted and simply unreadable. Worst book I have ever attempted to read.Published 13 days ago by Lisa Hardy
Outstanding book with solid evidence that is hard to dispute. Well done. History thanks you.Published 24 days ago by Neb14
Love Bugliosi - Were not Connelly and Kennedy killed for/because of that "mess" in Arizona, didn't Nixon clearly say Arizona needed to clean it up. Read morePublished 28 days ago by Nancy Drew
This is the most complete work on the JFK Assassination ever written. And it is correct--factual--no fiction. That is so important for this subject. Read morePublished 1 month ago by D. E. Cheney
The real story. Blows the conspiracy leftists out of the water. The only reason the conspiracy nuts don't blame Oswald is because he was a Communist. The left takes up for him.Published 2 months ago by Casey T.
Bought this for my husband's birthday (he picked it out). He'll be reading it for a while since it has a "few" pages.Published 3 months ago by Ricki M. Jordan
In a speech regarding this book, Vincent Bugliosi said this: "When they tell me that they think Oswald's innocent, I know one of two things: They're either completely unaware... Read morePublished 3 months ago by John Guzik
I came at this book fairly skeptically I admit, but I thought Bugliosi's book about the 2000 Bush-Gore election fraud was the best legal analysis I had read, so I figured... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Matthew J. Gordon