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Six Seconds in Dallas: A Micro-Study of the Kennedy Assassination

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  116 ratings  ·  9 reviews
With dozens upon dozens of far-fetched theories about the JFK assassination, this book above all others is the most sane, the most rational, and the most logical. Using eye- and ear-witness testimony, drawings made from stills of the Zapruder film (which may have been tampered with but is NOT a fabrication!), and expert analysis, Josiah Thompson's SIX SECONDS IN DALLAS ...more
Published January 20th 1967 by Bernard Geis / Random House Inc
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Aug 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Probably the best of the original JFK Assassination "Conspiracy" books. Scientific evidence is analyzed in painstaking detail, as Thompson attempts to disprove many elements the Warren Commission used to come to their conclusion which has since been chipped away at. Rare and hard to find, but worth it for the read.
Ian Hamilton
Dec 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a serious, academic immersion into the Kennedy assassination, seemingly written with noble intentions back in 1967 before conspiracy theorists completely went off the deep end. There's nothing buried in here that hasn't been rehashed for decades, and some of its assertions and theories have been debunked since its publication, but it does reaffirm that there are too many holes in the Warren Commission's findings. And...the hardcover first edition sparkles in this reader's hands!
Pete daPixie
Nov 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
To add to my ever expanding collection of JFK assassination books, 'Six Seconds in Dallas' is one I have been looking to obtain for a long time. I met the author at JFK Lancer's 'November in Dallas' conference, snapped up the 1976 paperback publication and had it signed by the man himself.
Originally with a 1967 copyright, perhaps Josiah Thompson's painstaking probe into the Warren verdict, (he does not deal with Tippit or Ruby) now looks slightly obsolescent after fifty years of inexorable
Dec 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Based on the Zapruder film, and interviews (e.g., with the Connolys), Thompson is sure that there were three shooters and four shots fired. His book is still the best of the early conspiracy studies, and still holds up in the face of unreliable sources like the Warren Commission. The fact that it was never reprinted is interesting.
Sue Rawling
Jul 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Excellent discussion of the tragedy in Dallas. I read Death of a President 30 years ago and just visited Dallas last week. I cannot wrap my head around the Warren Commission findings.
Jul 27, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: history buffs
Shelves: political, historical
Having been a little young when this epic in US history took place, I was intrigued when I went to Dallas and took the tour of the Texas School Book Depository Bldg. and just had to know more. Written in 1967, it gave what the world then had as information.
Steve Higgins
Dec 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Gripping book about the Kennedy assassination. No rumours just facts that point to a clear conclusion, someone else was involved in the JFK shooting, not just Lee Oswald. Fifty years later and not many of the questions in this book have been answered, or ever will be.
Nov 22, 2013 marked it as to-read
The author is currently the subject of some mini-documentaries hosted by the NYT online. Fascinating event, my fav period in history.

A cursory attempt at trying to get hold of an old copy ... foiled! It's out of print and used editions sell for over $800 on Amazon. The plot thickens.
Nov 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
Brilliant case study of the assassination without devolving into conspiracy theory. Just the facts, ma'am.
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Josiah Thompson is an American writer, professional private investigator, and former philosophy professor. He wrote Six Seconds in Dallas, A Micro-Study of the Kennedy Assassination. In 1967 he published The Lonely Labyrinth, a study of the philosopher Soren Kierkegaard's thought, and in 1972, Kierkegaard: A Collection of Critical Essays. He also wrote a biography of Kierkegaard in 1974, and a ...more

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