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Reclaiming History: The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy by [Bugliosi, Vincent]
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From Publishers Weekly

Bugliosi, best known as Charles Manson's prosecutor, spent more than 20 years writing this defense of the Warren Commission's conclusion that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone in the slaying of President Kennedy, but his obsession has produced a massive tome that's likely to overwhelm most readers. At times, the author seems determined to present every detail his researches revealed, even if it doesn't add to the overall picture (like a footnote on Elvis sightings). Further, while Bugliosi says even serious conspiracy theorists don't claim the FBI or Secret Service were involved, he devotes chapters to each. The book's structure—it's organized by subject, such as theories about the role of the FBI, the KGB or anti-Castro Cubans—leads to needless repetition, and, for an author who excoriates conspiracy theorists, charging them with carelessness and making wild accusations, Bugliosi is not always temperate in his language; for example, twice he makes the nonsensical claim that some Warren Commission critics "were screaming the word conspiracy before the fatal bullet had come to rest." His decision to devote twice as many pages to critiquing Oliver Stone's movie JFK as to his chapter on organized crime (identified by the chief counsel of the House Select Committee on Assassination as the likely conspirators) is a curious one, as is the choice to open the book with a dramatic re-creation of events surrounding the assassination rather than a straightforward chronology of the relevant facts. Moreover, Bugliosi does not always probe whether individuals who are the sole source for certain facts (for example, Oswald's widow, Marina) had any motive to lie. Bugliosi's voluminous endnotes are on an accompanying CD. Gerald Posner's 1993 Case Closed made most of the same points in a much more concise way. 32 pages of illus. (May)
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From The New Yorker

This weighty book (its pages number sixteen hundred and twelve) claims to be the final word on the assassination of President Kennedy. It is as if Bugliosi, who prosecuted the Manson murders, intended to overwhelm with sheer, footnoted bulk. But in the way that others have "proved" conspiracies, Bugliosi "proves" yet again the guilt of Lee Harvey Oswald. He does this by reëxamining familiar evidence but also by dismissing preposterous theories, such as one that J. Edgar Hoover masterminded the murder to keep his job. Bugliosi steps less certainly in considering the work of the House Select Committee on Assassinations, which, in 1978, concluded that J.F.K. was "probably" killed as the result of a plot. Citing a National Research Council study, Bugliosi brushes aside the committee’s acoustic evidence suggesting that four shots were fired in Dallas (a fourth shot would confirm a second gunman); he is uncomfortable with a subsequent analysis, by the British Forensic Science Society, which challenged the N.R.C. opinion. Mysteries are like that"
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  • File Size: 7073 KB
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  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 1st edition (May 17, 2007)
  • Publication Date: May 17, 2007
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  • Language: English
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I became a fan of Vincent Bugliosi's impossibly thorough, impossibly verbose way of writing and doing work by reading his books "Helter Skelter" and "Outrage: 5 Reasons Why OJ Simpson Got Away with Murder". I adored those books as though they were my Bible. And I developed enough faith in Bugliosi's integrity through reading several other reports and books by him to develop a little saying, "If Bugliosi says it is so, then it is so". When I learned that Bugliosi was a proponent of the no-conspiracy side of the assassination I began to have my doubts about the conspiracy ideas---I never once thought that Bugliosi would be wrong in his assertions, the man does not do anything lackluster, he must be as well-informed and thorough about any such possibilities. My opinion that Bugliosi had the right ideas about Oswald's involvement began to take on a more solid form when I read in his introduction that he prosecuted Oswald in a mock-trial in London that was as close to the real thing as Oswald would get to a real trial, the defense attorneys presented as many of the conspiracy theories as they could get away with, and Bugliosi blasted all of them out of the water. He convinced 12 jurors that Oswald was guilty, and he convinced the majority of them that he acted alone. One of the pivotal moments of the book was when he addressed Oliver Stone's film "JFK" and Jim Garrison's trial of Clay Shaw, he managed to shatter something, that I held incredibly dear to me, to pieces -- but he restored something much more. In an area where I thought we would never be able to find the truth, I now know the truth. Oswald did it. Oswald acted alone. Jack Ruby killed Oswald. Ruby acted alone.Read more ›
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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. Bugliosi has exhausted every source to give us the best information and the best conclusions possible. I don't care how long it is or how many footnotes and citations are made, because I wanted the truth and I got it. I wrote two books about the assassination that we used in his reference works--"The Mind of Oswald" and "Dallas and the Jack Ruby Trial." He handled those references well so I assume he has handled all his reference material just as well. Thanks to his work, we really don't have to delve into the crazy stories about conspiracy theories that are still coming out by people who weren't there and don't know what happened that day as well as I do (working at Parkland Hospital where Kennedy was brought, and later Oswald, and finally Jack Ruby. Dr. Diane Holloway Cheney
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Given the widespread distrust in government that the JFK assassination conspiracy theories have fostered, and the fundamental danger (largely unrecognized) that such distrust poses, this may be the most important book of our time. Comments in the critical reviews here range from the absurdly pointless (‘Bugliosi’s book is too long’) to the shamelessly uninformed, misinformed, and boarderline insane. I’ve not found a single coherent argument against Bulgiosi’s book that withstands fact-checking and logic. Unlike many of the critical reviewers here, I read the entire book (though not the notes on the CD). Yes, it is long, as long as it needs to be. Will it serve as an effective antidote to the national JFK conspiracy theory psychosis? I am not optimistic. I think there are far too many people who passionately want to believe that there was a conspiracy of treason, betrayal, and assassination, at the highest levels of our government. As we see in the negative reviews and comments here, facts do not matter to such people.

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’.
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A very long book but open to any page and it grabs you, if you have an open mind. Bugliosi has no qualms about what he thinks about seriously stuck conspiracy theorists. For years I had doubts but I only had what the media reported and I have learned two things; Do not trust the media and Lee Oswald was the lone assassin President John F Kennedy. One chapter you will be right there in the limo as it turns onto Elm St. That day, November 22, 1963 changed the world. Mr.Bugliosi is not out to change any minds, he takes you into the details where the devil is. There is more than enough evidence against Oswald to convict and nothing has ever turned up as proof of or even a hint of a conspiracy. If one thinks Oswald did not do it then Oswald's own statement of being a "patsy" makes him guilty. He was not framed and if you think so then ask why did he bring his rifle to work and how did bullets from his rifle end up killing the President and wounding the governor? His rifle and his bullets are enough to convict him. If you have hung your beliefs on "cheap mail order rifle and scope" then consider that twenty dollars then is about $160 today. A fair price for a surplus rifle. It is also not impossible to fire three rounds in the time Oswald did. Experts all disagreed and found it hard to duplicate that but one needs to own a firearm and practice with it before a judgement is issued. Oswald did not even have to use the scope either. The scope was mounted in a way that the iron (open) sights could easily be used. The action of opening and closing the bolt to reload is not four steps but one. Acquiring the target in iron sights after each reload is much easier than it would be using the scope. The rifle model had been in manufacturing since 1891. Oswald's rifle was made in 1940.Read more ›
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