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Blood on the Snow: The Killing of Olof Palme

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The Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme, a major figure in world politics and an ardent opponent of apartheid, was shot dead on the streets of Stockholm in February 1986. At the time of his death, Palme was deeply involved in Middle East diplomacy and was working under UN auspices to end the Iran Iraq war. Across Scandinavia, Palme's killing had an impact similar to that of ...more
Hardcover, 233 pages
Published April 7th 2005 by Cornell University Press
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Oct 20, 2013 Adrian added it
I'll never look at Sweden the same way again. Normally a paragon of cool efficiency this tale of total bumbling by the Stockholm police is a revelation. Every mistake that could be made in solving the mystery of who killed Olaf Palme, was. Author Bondeson doggedly tracks down every possible conspiracy theory attached to the assassination and effectively lays them low. At the point when I was becoming exhausted by his research and his limitations in English (the word 'sinister' gets a particular ...more
Dec 29, 2015 dejah_thoris rated it really liked it
This is going to be the first of several non-fiction works by this author that I plan on reading because she writes on such interesting historical topics. Its being first was entirely random (our library had it but not those titles preceding it) but when I pulled it I wondered if I really care about the assassination of a politician I've never heard of from a such a small country. (Pardon my limited American viewpoint, but I'm being honest.) Well, if you haven't heard of the socialist Olof Palme ...more
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Aug 23, 2013 David Bales rated it it was amazing
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Interesting book on the mystery behind the assassination of Olof Palme, the prime minister of Sweden in February, 1986. Palme was one of the foremost Social Democrats in the world, a prominent voice for peace and disarmament and a notable, long-time European head of government. On the last day of 1986 he was gunned down at night in Stockholm in front of a cinema and since then conspiracy theorists have had a field day trying to come up with new and more outlandish solutions to his murder; the in ...more
May 09, 2014 Patrick rated it liked it
Engrossing account of the assassination of Palme and the police investigation. After going through all the suspects and theories I found his belief that it was done at the behest of middle men invovled with the Bofors deal most credible.
Left my university job and had to return all my library books (of which this was one) before I finished, so I never actually got to Bondeson's theory of who shot Olaf Palme. Certainly a subject I'd be interested in returning to one day.
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Outside of his career in medicine, he has written several nonfiction books on a variety of topics, such as medical anomalies and unsolved murder mysteries.

Bondeson is the biographer of a predecessor of Jack the Ripper, the London Monster, who stabbed fifty women in the buttocks, of Edward 'the Boy' Jones, who stalked Queen Victoria and stole her underwear, and Greyfriars Bobby, a Scottish terrier
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