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Reclaiming History: The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy

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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 vas
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Published (first published January 1st 2007)
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Say my glory was I finished this book.

Reclaiming History, Manson prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi's mammoth work on the assassination of John F. Kennedy, is the biggest, longest single-volume book I have ever read. It is 1,510 pages long, which does not include a lengthy introduction that is paginated with Roman numerals, or the thousands and thousands of annotated endnotes that are available only on CD (because if you put those endnotes in the book, it would be the size of a child, rather than mere
Dec 02, 2008 Dave rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone with an open mind
Recommended to Dave by: Father
(Warning: This book is giant. 1612 pages of content. Commitments be cautioned. Skeptics will be skeptical. CT's might (will) be embarrassed and criticized)

The Good: Reclaiming History is a clear, concise, deep, and logical book. It is easy to read, and very amusing. When completed (or skimmed, whichever seems more reasonable to you), the mystery will most certainly be solved, and any doubt surrounding the honesty of the Warren Commission, CIA, FBI, or mob will be wiped clear. Bugliosi uses simpl
Feb 05, 2008 Tresy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There's an old saying, never get in an argument with someone who can buy ink by the barrel. There should be a second: never get in an argument with Vincent Bugliosi. Former Manson prosecutor ("Helter Skelter") and scourge of OJ Simpson ("Outrage"), Bugliosi seemed to go into understandable seclusion after watching and raging about the insanity of the Clinton witchhunt ("No Island of Sanity") and the Bush-Gore debacle ("Betrayal of America").

Now we know what he was really up to: marshaling his o
I have no doubt about Vincent Bugliosi's credentials, that he is certainly a talented prosecutor is apparent from the Manson trial as well as his other works. The Kennedy Assassination however is not his strength. What Bugliosi attempts to do with this book is to literally bury everything ever written on this particular day in November beneath his own literal mountain of research and high page count-included along with the 1,600 page work itself is over 900 pages of his own copious footnotes, pe ...more
Garry Wilmore
May 28, 2008 Garry Wilmore rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
With 1518 pages of text, this was easily the longest book I have ever read. It was also, literally, the heaviest. The volume weighs five pounds, and during the nine weeks I spent reading it, I sometimes joked about having to register it as a deadly weapon, since throwing it at someone could cause death or serious injury. I probably will not read it a second time, but may purchase it as a reference volume, as it is on sale now at a nearby Borders for $9.99. (The copy I read was checked out of the ...more
Robert Taylor
Mar 19, 2010 Robert Taylor rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
136 days is what it took me to read this 1600 page monstrosity of lies and conjecture. The first part is good which is a just a fictional narrative of the way the story could have been, according to the Warren commision, but it has more holes in it than a screen door. The rest of the nonsense sections are just attacks on different conspiracy theories, most of which he chose are the weakest ones and he still doesn't do a good job at disproving them.

Oh yeah, and there's a cd-rom that comes attach
Feb 19, 2013 John rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
An Ass of You and of Me
or, Buyer Beware: Initial impressions, but not really a review, of Reclaiming History

One must assume that Vincent Bugliosi is honest, and that his book on the JFK assassination is likewise honest. Reclaiming History is Bugliosi's long awaited entry into the war of words over what really happened to John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963.

This is a massive book, so massive that the publisher, W.W. Norton, elected to put all of its end notes and other source notes onto an accom
Jul 14, 2007 Barb rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who saw movie JFK, Conspiracy theorists, anyone who thought there was a "magic" bullet.
Wow! I finally finished this book! I am now adding it to my favorites list.

Vincent Bugliosi has written THE definitive book about the Kennedy assassination. Yes, it is well over 1500 pages (small margins, small font), but it is written in a very readable narrative style and I read it in chunks (over several months!)

First, if you do nothing else, you must read the first section "Four Days in November" just to get a feel for the minute by minute who was where, who did what, who said what, etc. Th
Howard Willens
Jul 01, 2013 Howard Willens rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bugliosi's book Reclaiming History about the JFK assassination is truly a book for the ages. No one will ever attempt, I am sure, to do what this skilled prosecutor spent 20 years doing -- investigating not only the details of the assassination and the conclusions of the Warren Commission but also the endless conspiracy theories challenging those conclusions. I worked on the Warren Commission staff and believe that Bugliosi accurately portrays both the strengths of our work and the limitations u ...more
Mark Kirby
Jan 06, 2012 Mark Kirby rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Having read The Official Warren Commission Report On The Assassination Of President John F. Kenedy years ago at the reccomendation of my father (a retired FBI Agent) I've never questioned the fact that Lee Harvey Oswald killed the President and did so alone. But this more curent book does an excellent job presenting the facts in a very readable fashion. Bugliosi, who is a retired prosecutor, has the luxury of knowing what all the conspiracy theorists claim, and can therefore address all of them ...more
Jul 19, 2010 Vheissu rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: JFK Conspiracy Nuts
Recommended to Vheissu by: Vheissu
Bugliosi has done something that conspiracy theorists have not, which is he named the killer. To my knowledge, no conspiracy theorist has ever named a shooter that was not quickly debunked.

Bugliosi asks why people would believe a story based on no evidence while ignoring the actual facts right in front of their face.
Jan 26, 2013 Chad rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Let's be very clear about one thing. This is simply the best, most detailed analysis of the JFK assassination ever published, and will remain that for all of time. Vincent Bugliosi is a prosecutor by trade and as such this volume reads like a supremely researched prosecutorial argument. If you feel that his writing is biased on a pre-conceived notion that Lee Harvey Oswald was the lone assassin, you're not wrong. However, as you read through this 1,518 page epic, you begin to understand why.

Jessica Carr
Jul 08, 2015 Jessica Carr rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I listened to this on cd while driving, meaning I listened to it over a long period of time, sometimes in very short spurts and other times in long stretches. I really enjoyed it. The first part of the book is a chronological fact based story of many different threads of the JFK assassination and it's aftermath. It's easy to follow even though there a literally thousands of details. The second half is an analysis of different conspiracy theories, and the facts used to prove (or disprove) each th ...more
Feb 22, 2009 Leftbanker rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: conspiracy nut jobs
Shelves: reference
At the very beginning of this book Bugliosi is giving a lecture to a to a group of lawyers. He asks them how many think that there was some sort of conspiracy behind the JFK assassination. Most of the lawyers raise their hands. He tells them that he can change their opinion about this in less than one minute. He then asks them how many have bothered to read the Warren Commission report. Only a few people raise their hands. Case closed.

I honestly didn't have much of an opinion about the JFK assa
Feb 06, 2009 Richard rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Richard by: Thinkers and historians.
Shelves: crime
This is an very long book (15 CD's). My compliments to Mr. Bugliosi for completing such a monumental work. HOWEVER, I'm not convinced. Mr. Bugliosi has obviously made up his mind that Oswald did this on his own and a conspiracy is out of the question. He did a great job in arguing how all the players were inept and how a collective effort was almost impossible but what I missed from his work was how inadequate all the policing agencies were, at the same time. Evidence was altered or destroyed (t ...more
Carol Littlejohn
Oct 30, 2009 Carol Littlejohn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For years I've believed that Lee Harvey Oswald did not act alone. I've now changed my mind and the reason is this book. Bugliosi (author of "Helter Skelter") presents compelling evidence in horrific detail (the book is about 1,5000 pages long!). I challenge a reader to read this book and then argue that the assassination of John Kennedy was a conspiracy. There is no stone unturned and sometimes a reader may wish the author would not go into such morbid detail. That's why I give the book four sta ...more
Barry Krusch
Jul 25, 2012 Barry Krusch rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
An essential book, but DANGEROUSLY misleading, as I show in my book IMPOSSIBLE: THE CASE AGAINST LEE HARVEY OSWALD. It is too bad Bugliosi has cancer; we will now may never know his response to my challenge to him to prove his points before an arbitrator.
David Willis
Jan 14, 2014 David Willis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book should lay all JFK conspiracy theories to rest. Unfortunately it hasn't got anywhere near the credit or publicity it deserves.
Jason P

Sixteen hundred plus pages later, I am finally done Reclaiming History: The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy. I am just thankful that I listened to the audio book, and didn't actually read this thing.

This book was a tome and a half, apparently with an extra cd-rom with another nine hundred or so pages of footnotes, citations, headers, footers, probably some love letters from Vince Bugliosi's republican mistresses and groupies,and maybe even some fast-food receipts Vince added in there
Stephen Terrell
Vincent Bugliosi is one of America's great lawyers. He turns his formidable skill of research, investigation, marshaling facts, and steel-trap analysis to lay out the virtually indisputable case that Lee Harvey Oswald, a paranoid sociopath and loner with delusions of self-importance, acted alone in shooting President John F. Kennedy as well as Dallas policeman J.D. Tippet.

Bugliosi's work is formidable. His text is supported by thousands of reference to the actual records - photos, video, witness
Lisa A. Carlson
Jan 25, 2014 Lisa A. Carlson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: history buffs
Recommended to Lisa A. by: NY Times
Shelves: non-fiction
It has been 50 years since the assassination of JFK and yet, questions still haunt those who witnessed and were actively there in Dallas, Texas. Attorney Vincent Bugliosi has given readers a fascinating account of what occurred and debunked what many call other conspiracy theories. For those of us born during this time we have never had so much clarity as in this engaging and sophisticated 1600 page book giving us details we'd never learn in a history class. Details of the Kennedy car, the troub ...more
Susan Liston
I can't say that I've read ALL of this book, it's a million pages long and extremely detailed, I read that it took Vincent 20 years to write it. It might also take that long to read, but I plug away at it now and then. (I'm sure Bill O'Reilly spent 20 years researching his book, too. haha kidding)
Russell Berg
Dec 22, 2013 Russell Berg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent work debunking the myths surrounding the assassination of JFK. Very organized and thoughtful without becoming boring or pedantic. There is a short section in the middle where he takes down the conspiracies about the CIA and FBI that moves more slowly but overall an excellent work.
Dec 02, 2013 Rho rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the longest most detailed books I have read about the assassination - debunks all the conspiracy theories.
This book is a gazillion pages long, but with this lenght should provide the best coverage of this tragic and amazing event. Had to have it on my list!
Shannon Marshall Lush
I had the pleasure of listening to the audiobook version, narrated by the actor Edward Herrman, who was authoritative. The audiobook doesn't skimp, either; it comprises 19 hours of material spread over 15 individual CDs.

To begin with, I personally was convinced by Bugliosi's words that Oswald acted alone within approximately 4 hours of the duration of the audiobook; the rest was simply confirmation for me. Vincent Bugliosi, a brilliant trial lawyer with impeccable credentials who researched and
Sep 03, 2014 James rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the most traumatic moments in American history is the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. So many people could remember where they were when he was shot, just like many remember where they were on 9/11. Yet despite how much this hangs on the American mind, the most basic facts about the assassination are completely lost and unclear to the vast majority of American's thanks to conspiracy theorists, and filmmakers like Oliver Stone. Even today, 50 years later, around 75% of American ...more
I wish Bugliosi had contained his narrative to the facts of the case. In the latter portion of the book he delves into "reasoning" (speculating) about the behavior of Oswald and others. I hate that. Assumptions about how people behave are not evidence for anything. Whether it's a cop saying a spouse didn't cry enough or cried to much and, therefore, is the killer... or Bugliosi finding it inexplicable that Oswald would apply for other jobs if he was embroiled in a conspiracy. It's nothing but co ...more
Josh Liller
While I have always been a little curious about JFK's assassination because of several 90s TV documentaries claiming various impossibilities in the assassination (too many shots in too short a time, magic bullet, etc) this is the first (and likely last) book on the subject I have read. I'm sure many conspiracy theorists will dismiss me and my review on those grounds, but I make no claims to be an expert; I am only giving my impressions of the book as a reader as well as some broad opinions of it ...more
Jerry Smith
Oct 15, 2013 Jerry Smith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, crime, 2013-read
Bugliosi is a great writer and a persuasive author and speaker but you would never accuse him of being a concise one. This tome runs to over 1300 pages, not including the end notes that are on a CD that I didn't get to - frankly, who has the time?

I read this after reading "Parkland" which makes up around 400 pages of this book and works well as a standalone in its own right, covering as it does, the actual assassination up until the burial of JFK.

I have read JFK assassination literature (that is
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  • Case Closed: Lee Harvey Oswald and the Assassination of JFK
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  • Legacy of Secrecy: The Long Shadow of the JFK Assassination
  • The Eleventh Day: The Full Story of 9/11 and Osama bin Laden
  • Rush to Judgment: A Critique of the Warren Commission's Inquiry into the Murder of President
  • The Day Kennedy Was Shot
  • Four Days in November: The Original Coverage of the John F. Kennedy Assassination
  • The Dark Side of Camelot
  • Mrs. Paine's Garage and the Murder of John F. Kennedy
  • Six Seconds in Dallas: A Micro-Study of the Kennedy Assassination
  • Five Days in November
  • The Secret Team: The CIA & its Allies in Control of the United States & the World
  • The Death of a President: November 1963
  • High Treason: The Assassination of JFK & the Case for Conspiracy
  • Oswald's Tale: An American Mystery
  • A Question of Character: A Life of John F. Kennedy
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 lived in Pasadena, CA.
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