Reclaiming History

Reclaiming History

The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy

Book - 2007
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At 1:00 p.m. on November 22, 1963, President John F. Kennedy was pronounced dead, the victim of a sniper attack during his motorcade through Dallas. That may be the only fact generally agreed upon in the vast literature spawned by the assassination. National polls reveal that an overwhelming majority of Americans (75%) believe that there was a high-level conspiracy behind Lee Harvey Oswald. Many even believe that Oswald was entirely innocent. In this continuously absorbing, powerful, ground-breaking book, Vincent Bugliosi shows how we have come to believe such lies about an event that changed the course of history.The brilliant prosecutor of Charles Manson and the man who forged an iron-clad case of circumstantial guilt around O. J. Simpson in his best-selling Outrage Bugliosi is perhaps the only man in America capable of writing the definitive book on the Kennedy assassination. This is an achievement that has for years seemed beyond reach. No one imagined that such a book would ever be written: a single volume that once and for all resolves, beyond any reasonable doubt, every lingering question as to what happened in Dallas and who was responsible.There have been hundreds of books about the assassination, but there has never been a book that covers the entire case, including addressing every piece of evidence and each and every conspiracy theory, and the facts, or alleged facts, on which they are based. In this monumental work, the author has raised scholarship on the assassination to a new and final level, one that far surpasses all other books on the subject. It adds resonance, depth, and closure to the admirable work of the Warren Commission.Reclaiming History is a narrative compendium of fact, forensic evidence, reexamination of key witnesses, and common sense. Every detail and nuance is accounted for, every conspiracy theory revealed as a fraud on the American public. Bugliosi's irresistible logic, command of the evidence, and ability to draw startling inferences shed fresh light on this American nightmare. At last it all makes sense.
Publisher: New York : Norton, c2007
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9780393045253
0393045250
Branch Call Number: 973.922092 Kenne-B 6939
Characteristics: xlvi, 1612 p. :,ill., maps

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LarryStonebridge
Feb 10, 2017

Not worth reading! Clearly ignores the mountains of evidence that points to a conspiracy!

LRS1969 Nov 13, 2015

This is simply a misinformation campaign by someone clearly with the (paid?) agenda of trying to close the issue with a major support of the actual evil of the Warren Commission.

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99thfoot
Nov 25, 2014

Please note that the book "Reclaiming Parkland" noted by "sonjacharles" in the comment string below is now available from the Ottawa Public Library. As much as one has to take conspiracy theorists with a grain of salt, Mr Bugliosi cannot be accepted as the be all and end all of the history of the JFK assassination.

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Silversamlady
May 23, 2014

Yes, it's long & repetitive, but given the self-serving conspiracy theorists who know that people listen to & give even a little credence to his scholarly work on this case because they know him to be a thorough attorney & researcher; furthermore, that he's right more often than he's wrong and he's the best prosecutor this country's ever seen. The fact is that the case against Oswald makes itself when you understand that his wife & brothers believe in his guilt. People want to believe that the government is always lying and involved in a coverup--ever since Watergate, & these ghouls are making money on the grief of the Kennedys, the Tippits, the Oswalds, & the Rubensteins. It's time to put a stop to this nonsense & let the late President & First Lady & their family rest in peace.

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alpert99
Dec 18, 2013

I read the section on Oswald (about 300 pages) and am now convinced there was no conspiracy. This has affected my outlook on life in general for the better.

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Tydomin
Jul 05, 2013

Finally: A book that details the beliefs of the CNs.

Simple enough: The only detail that makes this slaying different from others is that the victim was a President of the United States, the 2nd worst president in U.S. history.

Conspiracy Theories are comforting. A "king" or president is not supposed to be felled by a nobody. Had the victim been Oswald's wife or another unknown, thousands of trees would not have died to detail a rather mundane killing.

The only 'regret' is that Kennedy did not live to be defeated in 1964. That Teflon President was about to lose that adoration, and just for the record, hearing Zak-leen talk about wanting to die with him in World War III was a bit overdone.

Oswald's life is fascinating; if ever a man were raised to be an assassin, he was that man.

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StarGladiator
Apr 19, 2013

[Update: Just recently found out Bugliosi freceived an upfront payment of $1 million for this pile of offal!]
There are simply too many items which are either not addressed in this humongous book by Bugliosi, or that he gets wrong. One glaring item: he claims the three so-called tramps were successfully identified as Doyle, Abrams and Gedney - - - that has been thoroughly debunked! The newsy who ran down some men who were hobos at that time in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area, was soundly one-upped by some real researchers who obtained photos of Abrams, Doyle and Gedney at that age, and there is simply no similarity. [And no, none were Hunt or Harrelson, et cetera!]
Unlike Bugliosi, who provided no photos - - I will:
http://www.whokilledjfk.net/tramps.htm
Plus,
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aQQrpj_iyNM&feature=player_embedded
[This is the Youtube vid of Doyle in the present explaining they were BOOKED and given 6 DAYS for vagrancy - - which contradicts Bugliosi's story.]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dG5EJwTypoM
[Oh yeah, Bugliosi claims the cops are Marvin Wise and Roy Vaughn, when it was Marvin Wise and Billy Bass - - that Bugsy gets soooo much wrong!]
http://cityhallblog.dallasnews.com/files/2013/11/TheThreeTramps.jpg
Bugliosi further claims that the Rockefeller Commission, which he claims is made up of // distinguished Americans \\ [thus above repute], further validated a match - - - those members being Nelson Rockefeller [who hated JFK], Gen. Lyman Lemnitzer [you remember him, he signed off on Operation Northwoods, a plan to murder innocent American citizens, JFK didn't reappoint him to the Joint Chiefs after that], C. Douglas Dillon, JFK's treasury secretary with whom he had many an argument, and Ronald Reagan - - - none my idea of upstanding types, and I'm certain Catherine Austin Fitts would have lots to say about Dillon!
Reading recommendations: Rockefellerocracy, by Richard James DeSocio, and The Secret Team, by L. Fletcher Prouty. [There are many more worthy of reading, but you'll understand everything with these two.] And those tramps were indeed never successfully ID'd, but one was an assassin from the French OAS, Jean Souetre, and the other a contract assasin, Moise Maschkivitzan, a Belgian of Russian-Jewish descent and Lazlo [last name uncertain], a Hungarian who deserted from the French Foreign Legion to join the OAS bunch.
And finally, to further dispell Bugliosi's fictional tripe, affidavits from the Dallas County Sheriff's office [see James D. Kitching item] stating those in the tramps photo weren't recognized as being booked that day --- again contradicting Bugliosi:
http://jfk.hood.edu/Collection/Weisberg%20Subject%20Index%20Files/W%20Disk/Weisberg%20Harold/FOIA%20Requests%20Chronology/Item%2021.pdf
A most telling last film clip of Lee Oswald, who is repeatedly asking for legal representation, even though the police, and the Warren Commission Report both claimed he declined it:
http://ftpcontent.worldnow.com/kdfw/projects/JFKvideo/video/jfk006.html

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sonjacharles
Dec 22, 2012

This book is trash. It has been completely discredited by James DiEugenio's book, "Reclaiming Parkland." "Reclaiming Parkland" was just published October of 2013 and so far the library does not have a copy. You can request that the library buys it. I urge you to read it. Reclaiming History is the worst book ever written on JFK's assassination.

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paul1
Feb 12, 2011

This book demolishes all the conspiracy theories that have spawned since the murder of President Kennedy by Lee Harvey Oswald. Yes, it is a very heavy tome, but with so much misinformation, half truths and outright lies that are spewed forth by the conspiracy theorists Vincent Bugliosi needs the space to examine all the evidence around the 3 murders in Dallas (Kennedy, Tippet and Oswald). Bugliosi goes through all the material related to this event (eyewitness testimony, forensic pathology, camera and movie evidence and wide ranging historical documents). He is very thorough-going, delving into the minutest details of the investigations. I thought the inclusion of the CD with endnotes (which include discussion of the gunshot dictabelt recording) an excellent idea. Unfortunately, few people will choose to read this book. A great pity since it does an excellent job of showing that all the conspiracy theories surrounding the assassination are chimera.

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bahdabingh
Jul 13, 2007

My only complaint with our wonderful library system is the sometimes-unfair loan period. Book length
should be a factor, in addition to reader demand.
I didn't even try Mr. Bugliosi's latest once I found out it's a fourteen day, non-renewable.

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