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The Resource Reclaiming history : the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, Vincent Bugliosi

Reclaiming history : the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, Vincent Bugliosi

Label
Reclaiming history : the assassination of President John F. Kennedy
Title
Reclaiming history
Title remainder
the assassination of President John F. Kennedy
Statement of responsibility
Vincent Bugliosi
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Writing style
Award
Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Fact Crime, 2008.
Review
  • 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) --Staff (Reviewed March 5, 2007) (Publishers Weekly, vol 254, issue 10, p53)
  • /* Starred Review */ In this massive, compulsively readable legal study of JFK's assassination, Bugliosi (former L.A. county deputy district attorney; Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders ) claims that Oswald killed Kennedy and that the Warren Commission was right when it concluded that Oswald acted alone. There is a book-length section on Oswald, as well as hundreds of pages in which Bugliosi debunks both reasonable and outlandish conspiracy theories involving the CIA, the FBI, organized crime, Fidel Castro, Oliver Stone's film JFK , and even some extraterrestrials. No doubt, credible scholars of such significant contrary works as Max Holland (The Kennedy Assassination Tapes ) and Gerald McKnight (Breach of Trust: How the Warren Commission Failed the Nation and Why ) will have much to say in response. Using his impressive skills as an attorney, Bugliosi concludes that although he cannot prove beyond all doubt that there was no conspiracy, he has demonstrated Oswald's guilt beyond all reasonable doubt. Still, a legally sound verdict is not a historical verdict: the final historical conclusion may never be reached. However, this is an essential buy for all large public libraries—and for the price of two copies of Harry Potter , all other public libraries should buy as demand warrants. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 1/07.]—Karl Helicher, Upper Merion Twp. Lib., King of Prussia, PA --Karl Helicher (Reviewed April 1, 2007) (Library Journal, vol 132, issue 6, p100)
  • Manson Family prosecutor Bugliosi (Helter Skelter, 1974, etc.) takes on the endless and various host of JFK conspiracy buffs in this ponderous tome.By the author's count, there are nearly 350 organizations and individuals who have been implicated in the conspiracy theories swirling around the president's murder on November 22, 1963. Most of the buffs advancing them, he growls, are "as kooky as a three-dollar bill in their beliefs and paranoia about the assassination," and he has a point; one multi-conspiracy advocate, reminded that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service had not been named as a party in the assassination and cover-up, replied, "Give us time." The point of this metropolitan phone book–sized volume, it seems, is to dismantle those theories one by one, in sometimes tedious and overladen detail; but given the multiplicity of those theories and the evidence required to dispel them, it is hard to imagine that the book or approach could have been much different. Perhaps the most pervasive argument—apart from the overarching one that Lee Harvey Oswald could not, for various reasons, have acted alone—is that the Warren Commission deliberately acted to suppress evidence of conspiracy, to which one counsel tells Bugliosi, "The one thing I wanted to do was find a conspiracy…. If I could have found…that Oswald didn't do it, I'd have been the senator from Ohio, not John Glenn." In turn, Bugliosi examines and then dismisses theories concerning the so-called magic bullet found on Kennedy's stretcher, the audio reports of a second shooter, the alleged involvement of organized crime, the several charges that Fidel Castro or perhaps anti-Castro Cubans killed Kennedy and the omnibus innuendoes of Oliver Stone's film JFK, which rolled several conspiracy theories into one.Bugliosi does himself and his argument no favors with his tone of flippancy and dismissiveness, as when he chides conspiracy buffs for failing to admit the possibility that "a nut like Oswald would flip out and commit the act." Still, this compendium is oddly fascinating, even if it probably won't change anyone's mind. (Kirkus Reviews, April 1, 2007)
Biography type
contains biographical information
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173119
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1934-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Bugliosi, Vincent
Dewey number
973.922092
Index
index present
LC call number
E842.9
LC item number
.B84 2007
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Kennedy, John F.
  • Oswald, Lee Harvey
  • Conspiracies
Target audience
adult
http://bibfra.me/vocab/lite/titleRemainder
the assassination of President John F. Kennedy
Label
Reclaiming history : the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, Vincent Bugliosi
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Accompanying material
1 CD-ROM (4 3/4 in.)
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
633062
Dimensions
27 cm +
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xlvi, 1612 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780393045253
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2007001545
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780393045253
  • (OCoLC)80180151
Label
Reclaiming history : the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, Vincent Bugliosi
Publication
Copyright
Accompanying material
1 CD-ROM (4 3/4 in.)
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
633062
Dimensions
27 cm +
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xlvi, 1612 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780393045253
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2007001545
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780393045253
  • (OCoLC)80180151

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