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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (358 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Vincent Bugliosi Narrator: Edward Herrmann Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2007 ISBN: 9780743566681
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The nation's foremost prosecutor takes on the most important murder case in American history

For over forty years the truth about the assassination of President John F. Kennedy has been obscured. Now Vincent Bugliosi, author of the biggest selling true-crime book of all time, finally releases us from a crippling distortion of American history.

Twenty years in the making, Reclaiming History resolves, beyond any reasonable doubt, every lingering question surrounding the Kennedy Assassination. Bugliosi confronts and destroys the theories that have grown up since the assassination, revealing their selective use of evidence, flawed logic, and outright deceptions. Providing a powerful and unprecedented narrative of events and a biography of the assassin, he confirms the oft-challenged findings of the Warren Commission -- Lee Harvey Oswald, acting alone, shot and killed President John F. Kennedy -- and exposes every conspiracy theory as a fraud on the American public.

A narrative compendium of fact, forensic evidence, reexamination of key witnesses and common sense, Reclaiming History surpasses all other books on the subject. With his irresistible logic, command of the evidence, and startling inferences, Bugliosi draws on his legendary skills as a prosecutor to shed fresh and definitive light on this long American nightmare. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “ What Bugliosi has done is a public service…in the arguing Bugliosi truly shines…this book should be applauded.” 

    New York Times Book Review

  • “He doesn’t abide lapses in logic…he exhilarates the reader with rat-a-tat annihilations of others’ false premises and shaky inferences.” 

    Atlantic

  • “With this work, Bugliosi has definitively explained the murder that recalibrated modern America. It is a book for the ages.” 

    Los Angeles Times Book Review

  • “Destined to be the most significant challenge (save the Warren Report) to conspiracy theories, Bugliosi’s study will provoke controversy and debate.” 

    Booklist (starred review)

  • Winner of the 2008 Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Fact Crime
  • A 2008 Audie Award Finalist

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sam Schimek | 2/15/2014

    " Impressive. I used to say that Posner's Case Closed was the final word on the assassination, but this washes over you. The author has a good sense of the telling detail and shows his background by laying out the case like a prosecutor. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eric | 2/10/2014

    " Proves once and for all that JFK was killed by Lee Harvey Oswald, acting completely alone. Very interesting history and recap of the event, plus examines why all the conspiracy theories around his death can't be true. Long, but I enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Missy Gard | 2/10/2014

    " Outstanding presentation of (apparently) extensive research. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy L. | 2/8/2014

    " I can't say that I'm reading straight through all 1,612 pages (and the footnotes on CD), but Bugliosi's compendium is a valuable addition to the Kennedy assassination literture, exposing a lot of questionable "research" that have fanned the conspiracy flames for years. I still recommend Posner's book for readable and compelling account of Oswald's assassination of Kennedy. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nancy | 2/5/2014

    " WAY TOO LONG to read, and too heavy to hold! I read right up through Oswald's arrest, then found it more manageable to flip to the index and refer back to sections of interest. The notes are included on a CD (which I never took the time to look at). I would've preferred being able to look at the notes while reading the book, but I guess that would've added another 100-200 pages! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephen | 1/25/2014

    " This is a long but very readable book that puts conspiracy theories RE the JFK assasination to rest. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 bobby van leering | 1/23/2014

    " contradictive in its entirety. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rob | 1/19/2014

    " There was no conspiracy, and after reading Bugliosi lay it all out for you, you would be being intellectually dishonest if you still thought there was. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ed | 1/18/2014

    " Pretty good book. I think the author has done a good job for most of the facts. The biggest problem I found was the Author's ego detracted at times. Do not see why he felt the need to take swipes at Case Closed. Often the attacks appeared to be more about ego. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeffrey Thiessen | 12/14/2013

    " Absolutely enormous book, but necessary, as it comprehensively shuts down every single conspiracy theory in regards to Kennedy's murder. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael | 12/6/2013

    " I have learned a lot about the Kennedy assassination that I didn't previously know, or that I had forgotten. I don't think that anybody could read this book and come away believing that anybody other than Lee Harvey Oswald pulled the trigger and that he acted alone. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rebecca | 11/27/2013

    " I decided not to read, after really trying. I was intimidated by the size of the book, although I have loved everything Bugliosi has written. Perhaps it was just the wrong time. (and the book was too heavy to carry with me in my pack). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dustin | 1/12/2013

    " I love Bugliosi, but I didn't read or rate this book for his writing style (which I typically love, but it's somewhat lacking here). This is, by far, the most comprehensive book on the assassination of JFK. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mitzi | 10/4/2012

    " This is a BIG book, and I love big books. Excellent case study, full of footnotes, absolutely excellent. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Nin | 8/27/2012

    " DNF. I thought the author's Helter Skelter was well written and interesting, but this one did not hold my attention. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tony | 3/17/2012

    " What should be the final answer to all the conspiracy nuts that think space aliens, paid by the Mob, killed JFK. But you know what -- they'll never stop believing the weirdest possible scenarios. It's more fun than believing the simplest solution. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adam Smith | 12/18/2011

    " This book was completely fascinating. It was hard to put down and you lose all track of time while reading it. The book starts on the day of the assassination of JFK and presents the details of all the characters involved in the crime and the solving of it in a fast paced and captivating way. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aaron | 12/5/2011

    " The first three chapters are amazing. I could not put down the book during the first chapter, which in itself is nearly a book, detailing hour by hour, minute by minute movements of the major people in the Kennedy assassination. The chapter three biography on Oswald is superb. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 SL | 7/22/2011

    " Well, it's way too long and repetitive, but the extended bios of Ruby and Oswald are worth the price of admission alone. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judy | 5/10/2011

    " Most of this book was amazing, I just got a little bogged down in certain parts. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica | 4/11/2011

    " Amazing comprehensive history of the assassination of JFK. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charles Pearce | 2/24/2011

    " A great book. Very full of meaningful detail (it should be at 1500 plus pages).I am completely convinced that Oswald acted alone. This is because I now know the difference between evidence and the reasons to suspect (method, motive, and opportunity). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John | 2/8/2011

    " For a confirmed Conspiracy Theorist like myself ... its hard to say this, but: He did it. By himself. And so did the other guy! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 8/3/2008

    " I've always been facinated by the Kennedy assassination. This is a totally different view from the conspiracy theory...don't know if it has changed my mind yet, though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bleak | 6/11/2008

    " Adequate, but stripped of the conspiracy debunking material from the hardcover it has no real raison d'etre. "

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About the Author
Author Vincent Bugliosi

Vincent Bugliosi received his law degree in 1964. In his career at the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office, he successfully prosecuted 105 out of 106 felony jury trials, including 21 murder convictions without a single loss. His most famous trial, the Charles Manson case, became the basis for his bestselling true-crime classic Helter Skelter. Two of Bugliosi’s other true-crime books also reached #1 on the New York Times bestseller list—no other American true-crime writer has ever had more than one book that achieved this ranking. Bugliosi lives with his wife in Los Angeles.

About the Narrator

Edward Herrmann (1943–2014) was one of America’s top audiobook narrators. He won multiple Audie Awards and twenty-two Earphones Awards, and his narration of the King James version of the Bible remains a benchmark in the industry.