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The Zapruder Film: Reframing JFK's Assassination Paperback – November 22, 2003
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Journal of Southern History
"Wrone is neither a Warren Commission defender nor an outlandish conspiracy theorist but a careful historian who presents a strong case that the Warren Commission hastily and wrongly concluded that Oswald murdered Kennedy. . . . Strongly recommended."
"One of the most sober JFK assassination books of any year. Wrone seems to be without an ideologically motivated agenda. He seems interested only in finding and presenting the evidence responsibly. . . . Of all the Zapruder film analyses I have read, Wrone's is the most lucid for a non-expert, and the calmest in tone."
Cleveland Plain Dealer
"Wrone's knowledge of the assassination's complex and daunting evidentiary base is unparalleled."--James H. Lesar, founder and president of the Assassination Archives and Research Center
"An important, valuable, and compelling addition to the literature on the assassination that argues convincingly that the film is both authentic and contains evidence of a conspiracy."--Michael L. Kurtz, author of The JFK Assassination Debates: Lone Gunman versus Conspiracy
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There are now 3 camps on the events of November 22, 1963: the Warren Commission believers who view Oswald as the lone gunman, followers of various conspiracy theories who say there was a second shooter but who regard the Z film as key evidence, and now the Z film hoax group -- see the new Fetzer book by one of the other reviewers here -- who say there are several shooters but further postulate that the Zapruder film was faked.
This book traces the chain of custody of the original Zapruder film and all its earliest copies. To me, it is convincing that the Zapruder film, while several frames were damaged in processing, is not a fake. The film is never unaccounted for long enough to be substantially edited using advanced methods that leave no evidence of editing. (If it were faked, why release it with so convincing a portrayal of more than one shooter? A film so convincing that the Warren Commission has to explain away what appears to be a shot fired from the front.)
The speculative part of the book uses the Z film as evidence of a second shooter. The Warren Commission Report and its single bullet theory are disputed. (According to the book, the Z film supports the idea that Governor Connoly was hit by a bullet that never hit JFK. The entry wound in the president's back is too low to result in a throat exit wound and the injuries to Governor Connolly -- all caused by one bullet on a downward path. This "single bullet" is moved by political forces, not ballistic ones.) As many will be chanting "Oswald did it!" it is good that the book does not explore who the other shooter might be.Read more ›
But this isn't to say the book is perfect. The author picks on many authors from Jim Marrs, Jim Garrison, David Lifton, and Mark Lane. He calls pretty much every book on the assassination as being sloppy and not honestly researched. He mentions how authors would make accusations without going into further detail but he himself does this on several occasions.
On page 119, he writes: "Many historians, myself among them, were especially disturbed by (Oliver) Stone's reliance on such error-ridden sources as Jim Marr's 'Crossfire' and Jim Garrison's 'On The Trail of the Assassins.'" It ends there, with no examples of the errors. I'm sure no book is perfect, but one example would help.
On pages 130-131: "(Oswald's) New Orleans Fair Play for Castro chapter did not exist, although he pretended it did; it was simply Oswald's invention." ... "He was never, in any meaning of the word or even in the faintest degree, a traitor. ...Read more ›
Wrone has done an amazing job of tracing the Zapruder movie step-by-step from its exposure in Dealey Plaza; its development and duplication; its publicity and provenance; and the steps through which it became widely available to nearly everybody in this media age.
This documentation, heavily relying on multiple statements by myriad witnesses, shows that there was no time during which the film and its copies went unsupervised or unwatched; this precludes the theories of some, such as James Fetzer and his crew, that the film has been changed or replaced. (See the Fetzer-edited book The Great Zapruder Film Hoax.)
Besides the mere physical chronicle of the film, Wrone also tried to explain in what ways the tale of the film disproves the one-shooter theory held with such silly fervor by folks who seem to have a preoccupation with political self-preservation.
A really amazing bit of history is Wrone’s demonstration that the government and its law-enforcement agencies appeared pretty blasé about the existence of the various films and photos taken of the assassination and its environs. You would think that all of this photographic evidence, as prima facie evidence in a murder, should have been immediately commandeered, each item cataloged, and chains of custody rigidly documented. NOT! It’s a grave indictment of the powers-that-were that almost uniformly this evidence was treated as irrelevant distractions from the simple Oswald-did-it mindset that prevailed.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I read this book, and then saw, with some surprise, the dislike of some on Amazon who chose to review it. Read morePublished 19 months ago by RA Meeks
If you are looking for a book on what happened to the Zapruder film (how it was developed, who bought it, etc), this is your book. Read morePublished 20 months ago by vmiman
Prof. David Wrone's "The Zapruder Film" is a compact pro-conspiracy book on the assassination of President Kennedy. Read morePublished on October 29, 2010 by Rodolfo Lazo de la Vega
Highly controversial indeed ! I totally agree with one of the reviewers here that it is rather disappointing that we do not get a true break down on what is happening in the key... Read morePublished on April 4, 2007 by Patrick Collins
Finally, a book just about the Zapruder film. Just the Zapruder film. Not. Oh, this is a history of the Zapruder film, and much more. Too much more. Read morePublished on December 14, 2005 by R. P. Lagrant Jr.
I've followed the assassination from day 1, have read countless books on it---including the Warren commission and Posner---and so, if I come away from a 'new' book feeling I've... Read morePublished on November 22, 2004 by philosopheRon
The author is a professor of history who taught courses on the JFK assassination for over 20 years. His close examination of the Zapruder film refutes the "lone gunman" and "single... Read morePublished on October 1, 2004 by Acute Observer
I don't believe the Zapruder film, even as Wrone shows us where it was from the moment it was created, was edited by other hands, however, there is a possibility that the people at... Read morePublished on September 21, 2004 by Kevin Killian