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One of the best narrative treatments of the four days from assassination to funeral.

This is quite simply a book that will be read for centuries. --Scott Turow, author of Presumed Innocent

What Bugliosi has done is a public service... the literary equivalent of World War I, a kind of trench warfare for the mind.

At last, someone has done it, put all the pieces together.... With this work, Bugliosi has definitively explained the murder that recalibrated modern America.

By far the most accurate and detailed nongovernmental account [of] the assassination. --Richard Mosk, member of the Warren Commission

Absent a trial proving [Oswald's] guilt, Bugliosi has offered the next best thing: a prosecutor's air-tight brief that leaves no reasonable doubt.... Bugliosi is right that this case is, and ought to be, closed.

There is no question that Bugliosi succeeds in scorching the conspiracy theory terrain with ferocious, even definitive, plausibility.

Few books are as gripping in their narrative, or as telling in their fine detail. This is a book that will make you weep.

What Bugliosi has done is reframe the narrative in such a compelling manner, in such an original writing voice, that he essentially shuts the conspiracy theorists down cold.

[A] monumental critique.

One of the best narrative treatments of the four days from assassination to funeral. "

This is quite simply a book that will be read for centuries. --Scott Turow, author of Presumed Innocent"

What Bugliosi has done is a public service... the literary equivalent of World War I, a kind of trench warfare for the mind. "

At last, someone has done it, put all the pieces together.... With this work, Bugliosi has definitively explained the murder that recalibrated modern America. "

By far the most accurate and detailed nongovernmental account [of] the assassination. --Richard Mosk, member of the Warren Commission"

Absent a trial proving [Oswald's] guilt, Bugliosi has offered the next best thing: a prosecutor's air-tight brief that leaves no reasonable doubt.... Bugliosi is right that this case is, and ought to be, closed. "

There is no question that Bugliosi succeeds in scorching the conspiracy theory terrain with ferocious, even definitive, plausibility. "

Few books are as gripping in their narrative, or as telling in their fine detail. This is a book that will make you weep. "

What Bugliosi has done is reframe the narrative in such a compelling manner, in such an original writing voice, that he essentially shuts the conspiracy theorists down cold. "

About the Author

Vincent Bugliosi (1934―2015), was the prosecutor of Charles Manson and author of Helter Skelter, Outrage, and other #1 best-selling books.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 688 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; Reprint edition (May 17, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393332152
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393332155
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 1.3 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (139 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #61,422 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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But there are just too many questions that Bugliosi leaves hanging out there, never to be addressed. I am a big fan of V. Bugliosi's work so needless to say I was very disappointed when this didn't turn out to be the end all be all of books about the subject. There are so many suspect circumstances surrounding this assination, no wonder there is a truck load of conspiracy theories floating around. But Vince does not address them, just merely states these events as fact.
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Enjoyed the book very much, especially pleased with Mr. Bugliosi's writing style. I was a little surprised, though, to find that the entire photo section was omitted from my Kindle edition. It was a little frustrating to read a book that contains many references to photos and diagrams in a section that wasn't there. I called customer service and was told that perhaps the publisher wanted the photo section left out. He apologized and refunded my money.
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As a bewildered 12-year old when JFK was assassinated, my information came in bits and pieces, usually filtered through what my parents thought was relevant. As the 50th Anniversary approached, media coverage spiked and the "Conspiracy Theorists" were front and center. So what better way to look back objectively than through Vincent Bugliosi's historical perspective?

Bugliosi is perhaps the most thorough researcher I've encountered over the years, and his Helter Skelter account of the Manson Family activities in the late 60's is the gold standard of true crime writing. Parkland enjoys that same level of detail, with something in the area of 1,600 specific reference cites in the reading, along with several hundred explanatory footnotes along the way.

For the history-curious reader, every activity through every moment involving the principal players in this tragedy is detailed, from the Presidential entourage in Dallas, to Lee and Marina Oswald, to Jack Ruby, to the myriad of FBI, Secret Service, Dallas Police and Sheriffs and dozens of witnesses.

The only valid criticism I can make (which drops my rating one notch to 4-Stars) is that licensing issues prevented display of the graphics images and charts/diagrams referenced in the book to be seen in the Kindle version I purchased. The reader is left to either their own imagination or memories aged 50 years! If you want to know what happened, in sometimes almost excruciating detail, involving JFK's death, this is your definitive read. It's brilliant, logical and stands the "reasonableness" test in support of the Warren Commission conclusions as to who did it, how he did it, and a plausible explanation as to motive.
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As a "Baby-Boomer" I was just old enough to comprehend the consequences of JFK's assassination in 1963. Since then, I've read more than a few books on the subject and Mr. Bugliosi's effort rates as one of the best, along with Bill O'Reilly's "Killing Kennedy: The End Of Camelot." Although "Killing Kennedy" deals exquisitely with historical and biographical information on the people involved, Mr. Bugliosi gives you an extraordinary timeline of events as well as behind the scenes of the Dallas Police Department and its interrogations of Lee Harvey Oswald and Jack Ruby. You can draw your own conclusions on how much the Federal Bureau of Investigation helped/hindered a case in which it had no jurisdiction.
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Bugliosi does it again. Not only is he a gifted writer, he artfully incorporates impeccable attention to sourcing, as any good attorney has been trained to do. This book has special meaning for me personally, as the late Officer Tippit was my great uncle by marriage. Although my family members have shared with me some details over the years, such as the poignant telegram Mrs. Kennedy immediately sent to Mrs. Tippit following the murders, and the magnitude of the funeral itself, with its enormous turnout, Bugliosi shares many details I never learned from my private and pained family. I appreciate that. The Dallas PD saluted my uncle's sacrifice this past November by wearing black remembrance ribbons, and for their actions I for one am truly grateful. I also felt honored to be able to teach my daughter that while President Kennedy died much too soon, surely he finds solace as he looks down from above that the Congress in its grief unified to pass the Civil rights act of 1964, forever improving our great land.
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This is the best recounting of the days surrounding the JFK assassination I've ever read. It's done in an hour-by-hour format that keeps the story moving quickly. There's an amazing amount of detail about all the people you've heard of, including Lee Harvey Oswald, and about a few you've probably never heard about. I read Bugliosi's book "Helter Skelter," about the Tate/LoBianco murders, back in the '70s and remember that it scared the hell out of me. This one isn't scary per se, but it shows how easily one person can change history. It reads like a detective novel. I was a child when Kennedy was assassinated, so reading this as an adult gave me a better understanding of what went on during that chaotic time.
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This well researched book brings that infamous day in incredible clarity. Bugliosi takes you into the shooting minute by minute, and seems to close the book on all the conspiracy theories out there. I should mention that while I am open-minded about conspiracy theories (love reading all the books about them), it is difficult to read this book without coming to the conclusion that Oswald did act alone. Bugliosi keeps his opinions to himself in this book and simply uses facts and the testimony of the people involved to tell the story. Bugliosi proves he is still a master story teller and this book was a real page turner (not easy to do with a non-fiction book). The one down-side I had was I read it in Kindle form and every time I went to one of the hundreds of foot notes, my kindle acted as if that was the furthest I had read so syncing it to my phone reader was impossible. I'm sure Amazon will fix that somehow in the next upgrade.
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