Reclaiming History: The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy

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W. W. Norton & Company, May 17, 2007 - History - 1696 pages

For fifty years the truth about the assassination of President John F. Kennedy has been obscured. This book releases us from a crippling distortion of American history.

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.

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Hard to argue with how good this is, and what an achievement – the work of one man over 20 years, covering as much of the goings on surrounding the assassination as can feasibly be fit in one book ... Read full review

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"We're heading into nut country," Kennedy remarked en route to Dallas. I have the same feeling whenever I approach the obsessive conspiracy literature, which invariably ignores the mountains of ... Read full review


Four Days in November
The Investigations
President Kennedys Autopsy and the Gunshot Wounds to Kennedy
The Most Famous Home Movie Ever the Magic Bullet and the SingleBullet
Lee Harvey Oswald
Oswalds Ownership and Possession of the Rifle Found on the Sixth Floor
History of the Conspiracy Movement
Mysterious and Suspicious Deaths
Ruby and the
Secret Service
Right Wing
The Odio Incident and AntiCastro Cuban Exiles
CoverUp by the CIA and FBI in the Warren Commissions Investigation of
Jim Garrisons Prosecution of Clay Shaw and Oliver Stones Movie

Identification of the Murder Weapon
Oswald at the Snipers Nest and Evidence of His Innocence
The Grassy Knoll
A Conversation with Dr Cyril Wecht
Secret Service Agents on the Grassy Knoll
The Zanies and Others Have Their
Other Assassins
Summary of Oswalds Guilt
Introduction to Conspiracy
Conclusion of No Conspiracy
The Murder Trial of Jack Ruby
A Conversation with Marina
LincolnKennedy Coincidences
In Memoriam
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Vincent Bugliosi (1934—2015), was the prosecutor of Charles Manson and author of Helter Skelter, Outrage, and other #1 bestselling books.

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