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Best Evidence

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  430 Ratings  ·  26 Reviews
Critics called the movie JFK fiction, but they won't be able to say that about this shocking, unimpeachably convincing book that pieces together startling new disclosures behind John F. Kennedy's assassination. David Lifton's skilled analysis leads to one irrefutable conclusion: that the plot did not begin in the twisted mind of a lone assassin but was a successfully execu ...more
Paperback, 920 pages
Published November 1st 1992 by Signet (first published 1980)
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Pete daPixie
I have to take my hat off to David S. Lifton. The author was just a UCLA Physics student in '63.
Sparked by the Zapruder 'head snap' footage he pulled on a thread that began a fifteen year trawl through U.S. Government archives. The Warren volumes, the House Select Committee, a huge list of released documents under the freedom of information act. 'Best Evidence', published 1980, is not chasing after a shooter on the grassy knoll, or concerned with Oswald, Ruby or JM Wave. Lifton's body of evidenc
Aug 22, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was probably thirteen or so when I first came across this book in my local bookstore. Back then, I didn't know that there was any reason to question the fact that Lee Harvey Oswald killed JFK; heck, I didn't even suspect that the American government would ever deliberately lie to the public. This book opened my eyes - and not just about the JFK assassination. It would take me a little while longer to learn to distrust every single thing the government tells me, but David Lifton definitely succ ...more
David Todd
Oct 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I picked up David Lifton's Best Evidence in 1981, I think the original paperback edition. I had just moved to Saudia Arabia, where I learned the English language bookstores had limited selections. Back home for a week to accompany my family to Saudi, I stopped in a bookstore, saw this, and picked it up. Prior to this, I had never given the JFK assassination much thought, and certainly didn't wonder whether the official version was correct or not.

This book was an eye-opener. Lifton painstakingly
Michael Dorosh
Jul 31, 2011 rated it did not like it
Complete farce and an embarrassment to not only empirical researchers, but quite possibly to humanity as a whole. Lifton has managed to invent theories out of thin air that are so ludicrous as to make one's eye's bleed after 50 pages or so, and yet the book never stops, with one hideously asinine supposition after another. Sadly, I ate this up when I read it in University, but luckily I've been exposed in later life to better books such as Case Closed and now Reclaiming History by Bugliosi. Comm ...more
Norman Nelson
"Best Evidence" by David Lifton from 1981 is a groundbreaking book on the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Lifton chronicles his own journey in understanding the truth behind the president's murder. As a graduate student in engineering at UCLA in the mid- 60s Lifton discovered that a Warren Commission lawyer, Wesley Liebler, had joined the UCLA faculty. Lifton introduced himself to Liebler and the two began a frequent colloquy on the facts of the assassination. Liebler believed the findings of ...more
Tom Gase
Jun 01, 2013 rated it liked it
A very powerful book. While reading this book I had to put it down in a coffee shop at least five times and say, "Wow, this ACTUALLY happened???" I was very intriqued with the portions of the book in which the author, James Lifton, describes how their was two ambulances and possibly two caskets (or even a body bag) with the President in it or not in it. In fact, when Jackie was next to the casket before going on to Air Force One, it might have been a fake empty casket. Yeah, hard to swallow.
Apr 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book is about the author 19s process of doing research and investigation into the Kennedy Assassination. He uncovers huge differences between the Warren Commission evidence, FBI evidence and the different autopsy reports. Part of the story is how he gets pulled into more research the more he found. He builds a personal relationship with one of the people on the Warren Commission and uses that insight into what was considered as the 1Cbest evidence 1D. There is fantastic documentation into t ...more
Oct 11, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: espionage
I don't like conspiracy theories because they require a machine with thousands of moving parts to operate flawlessly in total secrecy. A successful conspiracy, therefore, requires less than a handful of people to control the primary source of evidence. This is Lifton's premise regarding the Kennedy assassination.

As a conspiracy theory, Lifton's is logical and elegant. Whether it's true or not is a separate issue. Do I believe Oswald acted alone: one pathetic dweeb (the guy had the IQ of a radish
Dick Baldwin
Jul 24, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone wanting to cut through the levels of crap in the JFK assassination case
It's hard to ignore the evidence set down by Lifton in this book, which does not go into the usual and obvious theories of who or how many people shot at JFK. Instead, the best evidence of the crime is examined -- and in this case the "best evidence" is JFK's remains. Autopsy photos, doctor and FBI reports at both Texas and Maryland facilities point to the same thing: the wounds inflicted and areas around them were altered from the time the body left Parkland to when it was received at Bethesda. ...more
Steve Higgins
Dec 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Fascinating book although I can't really accept Lifton's central thesis that President Kennedy s body was altered to fit in with the Oswald lone shooter theory. What is great about this book is Lifton's personal slant on how the mystery of the assassination gripped him and took over his life almost. Best of all, the book takes a new look at the Warren Commission and instead of saying look, the Warren Commission was false and a complete cover up he takes a sensible look at their work and how the ...more
Jul 04, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I read this book after reading Jim Garrisons On The Trail of The Assassins and Jim Marrs Crossfire. David Lifton offered more scientific evidence then anyone I have read on the subject. This is a VERY DIFFICULT book to read. If you are dedicated to the JFK case and have not read this book, it is a must. I might suggest sitting down with a copy of Greys Anatomy when you are reading it. This is not for the meek.
Sep 05, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This is the hardest book I've ever read. It took me weeks to get through it, but that's because it made me think on every page, and often look back to previous pages to reread previous evidence. I go back and read it every 10 years or so. I don't know if the hypothesis is correct - I suspect it isn't - but it is meticulously investigated, researched and footnoted, and for that reason it's a satisfying read.
Mar 23, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I may have the year wrong... I picked this one up as well as several others when Oliver Stone's "JFK" came out. If you believe there was a cover-up of the assassination (and I do,) this is a must-read. Lifton was a NASA computer programmer who put off going back to grad school to write this weighty tome.
It's a very logical and detailed deconstruction of the record surrounding those few days when the autopsy was performed at Bethesda Naval Hospital. Well worth reading.
Stacy Patterson
Jun 29, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommended by a friend, this is probably the only book I've read that supports a conspiracy theory of any kind, let alone regarding JFK. I found it interesting at the timed and had fun diving into the questions and unknowns, but I eventually donated my copy as it's just not something I feel compelled to keep on my shelf. If you are interested in a different take and the concept of "best evidence" - not perfect evidence or DNA or CSI - give it read.
Jun 16, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I think I picked this up at the library during the 25th anniversary week of Kennedy's assassination. While I believe there was a conspiracy to kill him, I'm not a fanatic about it. If the evidence presented in this book is as the author claims, it does seem to point to a plot and cover-up of major proportions.

It's an interesting subject, I suppose, but not one to which I give much thought.
Apr 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite
If you are only going to read one book about the assassination this is it. Written in the first person it is a spellbinding account of the authors investigation into JFK's autopsy and the cover up surrounding it. Using documents in the public domain and interviewing first had witnesses to teh autopsy reveals truth that will shock you. Reads like a mystery story. A real page turner!
Jan 09, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: jfk
The book that got me started. The first people to see JFK after he was shot was the doctors at Parkland and what did they say about where the bullit must of hit his head. Take a week and really read this book.
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Mar 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
I remember this as being a powerful and engaging read. Who can judge the truth of it, but fascinating nonetheless!
Fredrick Danysh
Many believe in conspiracy theories for President Kennedy's assassination. The author presents information that is claimed to have been overlooked or ignored by the Warren Commission.
Mar 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Fascinating, well-written, and utterly terrifying.
Feb 06, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Proof postive that JFK was not assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald.
Jul 21, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Successfully fed my JFK assassination conspiracy theories
Aug 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
Lifton offers the best account of the only valid evidence available in this case, and the Warren Commission Report is rendered laughable by his version of events.
Nov 10, 2007 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: JFK assassination conspiritors
Certainly not the best on this subject. Lifton really stretches to find a different angle. Sure it could be there, but, whew, it gets redundant after a while
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