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Four Days in November: The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy

4.11 of 5 stars 4.11  ·  rating details  ·  613 ratings  ·  86 reviews
Four Days in November is an extraordinarily exciting, precise, and definitive narrative of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963, by Lee Harvey Oswald. It is drawn from Reclaiming History: The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy, a huge and historic account of the event and all the conspiracy theories it spawned, by Vincent Bugliosi, fa ...more
Paperback, 688 pages
Published May 17th 2008 by W. W. Norton & Company (first published 2007)
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Chuck Thomas
Just finished reading this book. As the former Prosecutor who tried the murder cases against Charles Manson, author Vincent Bugliosi tackles the assassination of John F. Kennedy as only a Prosecutor would. The book is deeply detail oriented, offering a minute by minute account beginning with the morning of Fri. November 22, up through the moments when both JFK and assassin Lee Harvey Oswald are both buried in their respective graves on Mon. November 25. In between, Bugliosi offers a narrative on ...more
Jason Phillips
I want to thank Mr. Bugliosi for clearing my head, once and for all, of any notion of these ridiculous conspiracy theories that have been circling around this awful event. To think that many Americans would even allow that there was some vast government/criminal conspiracy speaks volumes about how these theories have clouded our collective knowledge about what happened on 11/22/63.

I recently visited Dallas for a conference and took an early morning walk to Dealey Plaza, having never been there.
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Jerry Smith
I'm a fan of Bugliosi. There is a place for rich detail and factual presentation in literature and he provides that in spades. I was actually somewhat dismayed to learn that, at over 400 pages in the version I read, this book is but part of the more in depth look at the conspiracy theories that swirl around the assassination of JFK - "Reclaiming History". I now have that book since I wanted to continue the train started by this volume and at over 1300 pages, I might be a while finishing that one ...more
Leah
This is a must read book. It is the first part of the tome written by Bugliosi (Manson prosecutor, Helter Skelter author). It sets out the chronology of the Kennedy Assassination in a compelling way. As a child I always felt that all of us living in and around Dallas were held responsible for the Kennedy Assassination. I never really studied it and I found this both readable and thourough. I am currently reading the eniter book "Reclaiming History: The Assissination of John F. Kennedy." Love thi ...more
Caroline
More Kennedy stuff. I'm in the mood. This book is actually drawn from a larger book, Bugliosi's 2,000 page Reclaiming History, which is a comprehensive study of the assassination and debunking of the various conspiracy theories. This book is a very in-depth narrative of the four days from the morning to the assassination to the funerals of JFK and Lee Harvey Oswald four days later. It's very readable, very dramatic and very precise, and I have to confess, it is persuasive. But I just don't belie ...more
Charles Eliot
Parkland is the perfect book for somebody who wants to know more about the assassination of President John Kennedy on November 22, 1963, but who has no patience for conspiracy theories. If you want to read one good book that tells the main story as best we can know it, this is it.

In the Acknowledgments section at the end of Parkland, Vincent Bugliosi writes that the story of the Kennedy assassination is "endless", and I believe him. Parkland is in fact a massive 500-page excerpt from Bugliosi's
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Corey
Extraordinary book based on massive, thorough research. Guess what? LHO assasinated JFK. Its an open and shut case, beyond a reasonable doubt. The evidence is overwhelming. A few conspiracy buffs have twisted things abound or just made stuff up. People have a hard time believing one left wing nut job killed the President, but that's what happened. It wasn't the CIA, or LBJ, or the Maffia. No conspiracy. Why do we Americans fall for the conspiracy theory every time. Having read the book, I now fe ...more
Kevin
Update:

Having completed the book, I'd describe it as a worthy companion to Manchester's book. While Manchester's detailed account largely stays with the Kennedy side of the story, Bugliosi's presents extensive detail of the Oswald/Texas portion, including very detailed information of the movements of Oswald around Dallas City Hall, various interrogation and lineup sessions, and much more detail than I've ever read about Ruby's initial questioning.

There are some fascinating elements to this story
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Sheila DeChantal
At the time of Kennedys death I was not even a thought yet. Kennedy was gone 4 years before I ever had a breath in my lungs, yet isn’t it amazing how I as well as others of my age and younger still can feel such compassion and pain for the loss of this man.

Parkland, originally titled Four Days In November is about the events that surrounded Kennedy’s untimely death as well as the timeline of Oswald during that same day and the next few days afterwards.

I listened to Parkland on audio and this was
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Patricia Ibarra
I still remember when we were told at school that kennedy had been killed. We were taken out to pray, but as I was a girl I did not give it a second thought. So now that I read this book I was very interested to learn what happened in those 4 hectic days. When we read about murderers in the news, we seldom connect that person with his background and close family. Impressive research of Bugliosi, who presents both cold facts and treats the assassins as human beings, with their own life, passions, ...more
John Hardin
The best book I've read on the JFK assassination. Bugliosi spares no detail as he literally goes minute-by-minute on the events of those tragic days. I haven't read the book this one was derived from, "Reclaiming History," but this edition is the most detailed account of the events without going into the speculation on what probably happened and who else could've been involved.
Jerilyn
Excellent audiobook, I also preordered the DVD from B&N, can't wait. The narrarator is excellent it really makes you feel like you are riding in the presidential cavalcade right through Dealey Plaza in Dallas. You are right there walking hand in hand with Jack Ruby down in the garage before he shoots Lee Harvey Oswald. Wow, really enjoyed this, can't wait for the video!!
Bruce Jones
This book is a minute by minute reportage of the timeline over the four days surrounding the assassination of JFK. It is based on evidence compiled not theory or conspiracy conjecture and for that it carries a lot of force. To my mind it dispels once and for all the notion that anyone other than Lee Harvey Oswald acting alone shot JFK. Fascinating
Barb
If you are an American history buff and intrigued by the J Kennedy assassination, this is a must read.
Obviously, very timely - with the 50th anniversary coming up
Bugliosi wrote this in a manner that was easy to read, somewhat conversational and made you want to keep turning the pages even though you knew how it would end.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book.
Beth
Parkland is the detailed look of the four days in November 1962 when the Parkland Hospital became a central part of the story of the JFK, and then Lee Harvey Oswald, murders. The story is greater than that of the hospital, and the details and what seems objective retrospective look at what happened were fascinating. JFK's assassination seems to be one of the most dissected moments of US history, with many assumptions and inaccuracies perpetuated through the years. Bugliosi addresses some of thes ...more
Gary
A great piece of extended journalism; presenting a detailed and compelling account of what actually happened.

(The evidence is analysed, and the conspiracy theories disposed of, in Reclaiming History, the bigger work from which this timeline of the events is lifted.)
Mark
Beware, your conspiracy theories will be at risk reading this book. A riveting, persuasive account of how Lee Harvey Oswald killed President Kennedy, alone.
Stan
Excellent telling
Teardra
Based simply on the evidence recorded in the Warren Commission report, Bugliosi does an excellent job in recounting the events of the Kennedy Assassination. The author was a prosecutor in the state of California and his expertise is clearly evident as he lays out the chronology of those fateful 4 days in November. He is clear and concise. Were this my first book on the subject matter, I may have given this one five stars. There are 2 factors that were involved in my four-star rating. The first i ...more
Bryn Dunham
To state plainly; this is a detailed narrative of the events revolving around the JFK assassination from many of the key players such as Lee Harvey Oswald, Jack Ruby, the Dallas PD, DAs office, FBI, Secret Service, Parkland Hospital Staff, and the Oswald family.

The book begins on the morning of the 22nd with LHO leaving for work with an odd package he tells his ride are curtain rods and ends with his burial near Fort Worth on Monday 11/25.

This was a very informative read that clearly explains
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Michael Sloan
This book is a portion of a larger one Bugliosi wrote entitled Reclaiming History, which, having read this, I am compelled to seek out and at least read the chapters focused on his debunking of conspiracy theories surrounding the assassination of JFK. Feels wrong to entirely place judgment on this book knowing it is part of a bigger argument, and that probably many of my lingering questions will be addressed in Reclaiming History. Four Days is concentrated on the timeline of events that links Le ...more
Carl Murnan
With the recent 50th anniversary of President Kennedy's assassination, I thought I'd dive into one of the most respected books I could find on the topic of the assassination itself. While I have fairly decent knowledge of the event, I haven't yet read a book that deals strictly with the assassination itself (as well as the follow-up investigation). Most books I've read have a more "conspiracy theory" angle, with a lot of guesswork and conjecture, and I wanted to balance that out with a book that ...more
Kevin Hammond
Vincent Bugliosi does a masterful job with “Four Days in November” (or “Parkland” – if you came to this after the movie was created) by writing in a griping and compelling manner that will have you reliving the horrific events in that long weekend November 1963, when seemingly the entire country shut down.

Concentrating on the facts at hand, using over fifteen-hundred footnotes in approximately four-hundred pages, Attorney Bugliosi lays to rest dozens of conspiracy theories while reconstructing t
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Atzin Moraless
November 22, 1963 was an event in history that always captivated my curiosity and not up until now have I read a thorough explanation of what 'really' happened. Although, an intensely intriguing and methodical book I am still not satisfied with the investigation. Bugliosi seems to have written this book - like helter skelter - the way the officials and media spoonfed it to the nation. It feels almost as if Bugliosi doesnt want to bother in expressing his own personal opinions to avoid getting mi ...more
Eric Mccutcheon
This was a very powerful book. While I had a basic understanding of the events around Kennedy's assassination, I had little information on the details. That is no longer the case. I felt that Bugliosi was detailed and precise without losing any of the emotion and poignancy of the times. I loved the way the book was structured with the multiple narrative threads following the timeline. This is the way that history should be written so that people can grasp not just what happened, but how it affec ...more
Roxanne
The narration was really good. But having experienced the event at about 5th grade - this version of what happened certainly does not capture what I experienced. Future generations will not get the real picture of Kennedy's assassination by reading this book. I did like details given that I did not know - but I do question some of the sources. There is no mention of all the questionable facts - and the discrepancies in the case. But an interesting addition to the historical research.
Tracy
After watching the movie of the same name, I wanted to read this for a few reasons; one being that I really am a fan of Vincent Bugliosi, another that the movie offered viewpoints of this seminal event that are not regularly heard of and finally it addresses the conspiracy theories that have become more and more common as the years progress. My mom had always talked about JFK's assassination as most people who lived thru it, and I grew up hearing about it regularly, which in turn led me to read ...more
Donna Burtwistle-Popplewell
The topic of JFK's assassination is one that I never tire of reading about...this audiobook was extremely interesting. Bugliosi has certainly done his research and should be used to counteract the conspiracy theorists out there. I learned a ton of information about Oswald and his family, as well as the other people who played significant and tragic roles of those sad, sad days.
Sacha
A very interesting read but obviously written in commission of the 'Protectors of the Warren report'. The parts about Jack Ruby, so in grief for the Kennedy family that he killed Oswald to spare them from going to trial on this, is absolutely ridiculous. No way Oswald did it.
Sarah Becker
Really enjoyed reading this. Immediately ran out to the library for it after watching the movie Parkland. A fascinating (and real, obviously) story that I now can't believe I knew so little about!
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American attorney and author, best known for prosecuting Charles Manson and his followers for the murder of Sharon Tate and others.

In his books he claimed that O.J Simpson and Lee Harvey Oswald were guilty of the crimes they were accused of.

In his latest book he states that George W. Bush should be prosecuted for murder.

Bugliosi lives in Pasadena, CA.
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