Reclaiming History: The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy
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Reclaiming History: The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy

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This extraordinary and historic book required twenty years to research and write. The oft-challenged findings of the Warren Commission—Lee Harvey Oswald, acting alone, shot and killed President John F. Kennedy—are here confirmed beyond all doubt. But Reclaiming History does much more than that. In addition to providing a powerful and unprecedented narrative of events and a...more
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Published May 17th 2007 by W. W. Norton & Company (first published May 15th 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...more
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...more
Dec 02, 2008 Dave rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
Garry Wilmore
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
Sep 27, 2007 Spencer is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
I lucked into a near-mint "used" copy, with the disc, for about half the cover price. I am in the sloooow process of occasionally dipping into this massive tome.

Bugliosi is quite right to maintain that there are whole forests of crap research and plain disinformation concerning the JFK assassination. But there is plenty of extremely weighty evidence indicating some manner of conspiracy. Based on the latter evidence, I remain to be convinced that Oswald acted alone. I respect Bugliosi, and maybe...more
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
Mar 08, 2008 Barbara rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
Howard Willens
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
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
Robert Taylor
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...more
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...more
Mar 11, 2010 Richard rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  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
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.

Nov 22, 2013 Leftbanker rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
Carol Littlejohn
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
LA Carlson
Jan 25, 2014 LA Carlson rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: history buffs
Recommended to LA 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
David Willis
This book should lay all JFK conspiracy theories to rest. Unfortunately it hasn't got anywhere near the credit or publicity it deserves.
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...more
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...more
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
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...more
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.
Lizabeth Tucker
Former prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi, the man who helped convict Charles Manson, has turned to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. His goal is to debunk all the many conspiracies based on incorrect or imagined *facts*.

We start with a moment by moment accounting of the days from the morning of Kennedy's visit to Dallas to the arrest of Jack Ruby for killing Lee Harvey Oswald. [I do hope someone was told that Ruby left his dog in the car outside police headquarters.] I was fascinated by...more
A masterpiece, this exhaustive (1500+ page) work conclusively reviews and debunks the various conspiracy theories surrounding JFK's assassination.

The three standout sections in "Reclaiming History" are the "Four Days in November" minute-by-minute account of the assassination (which has been published as a standalone book) and the insightful biographies of Lee Harvey Oswald and Jack Ruby. The remainder of the book delves into more technical details about the assassination which may be of less int...more
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!
One of the longest most detailed books I have read about the assassination - debunks all the conspiracy theories.
Bugliosi makes exhaustive facts read like a novel.
I started reading this book because I had just finished "Helter Skelter" and was impressed with Bugliosi's writing style and logical presentation of the facts of the case. I saw he'd written about JFK's assassination, and thought that it would be a good way to learn more about the events, since I trusted Bugliosi to give it to me straight.

I had seen the movie "JFK." I had heard the rumblings of "conspiracy," and "grassy knoll," and "patsy." I had also seen some later experiments to see if the "s...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
Will likely withstand the test of time as the most remarkable and definitive account of the tragedy, its facts and its mythos. It was an exhaustive, exhausting, excruciatingly pedantic read, but a must for a sworn conspiracy buff like me. Buff or not, in this case I am converted - there is entirely too much evidence pointing to Oswald as JFK's lone gunman, and far too little in the other scale of the balance. I had just never had the opportunity until now to consider all the facts and opinions t...more
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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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