• by Vincent Bugliosi
  • Narrated by George Newbern
  • 16 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Now a major motion picture! The exciting and definitive narrative of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963.
In Parkland (originally titled Four Days in November), author Vincent Bugliosi "has definitively explained the murder that recalibrated modern America" (Jim Newton, Los Angeles Times Book Review).
Releasing this fall, the movie - starring Paul Giamatti, Zac Efron, Jacki Weaver, and Billy Bob Thornton - follows a group of individuals making split-second decisions after this incomprehensible event: the doctors and nurses at Parkland Hospital, the chief of the Dallas Secret Service, the cameraman who captured what has become the most examined film in history, the FBI agents who had gunman Lee Harvey Oswald within their grasp, and Vice President Lyndon Johnson who had to take control of the country at a moment's notice.
Based on Vincent Bugliosi's Reclaiming History - Parkland is the story of that day.


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I haven't seen the movie "Parkland" yet. It may or may not be any good. But I'm grateful that it led to the publisher finally releasing an unabridged version of this masterful account of the Kennedy assasination.

The history of the book is interesting in itself. Vincent Bugliosi originally published a 1500 page book about the assasination, a book that took him some 20 years to write and which included this enthralling narrative as the first part. (The book would have been even longer, but the publishers decided to put the voluminous notes on an accompanying CD.) The other parts of the book described the various investigations into the assassination, official and unofficial, and it dissected the various conspiracy theories in excruciating detail. Later, the opening narrative was released as a standalone book, which was then adapted into the movie. That standalone section is what we have here.

Bugliosi sticks scrupulously to observable, documented fact in this account. For example, at the moment of the assassination, he doesn't tell us what Oswald was doing. What he tells us is what two of the eyewitneeses saw (a man firing from the sixth floor window in the School Book Depository). Later he describes the lineups where they identified Oswald as the man. Readers can draw their own conclusions.

Of course there's no question where Bugliosi stands. With a few adjustments, he supports the Warren Commission findings pretty much straight down the line. Or maybe it would be more accurate to say that he supports the conclusions of the Dallas police department, especially Will Fritz's homicide squad: they methodically and painstakingly built the case against Oswald in the two days following the assassination. Of particular interest in the narrative are the reconstructions of the interrogations of Oswald. Step by step, the detectives work through his denials; they never got him to confess, but it's hard to read this account without admiring their work.

I know that by saying that, I'm opening myself up to ridicule by those who remain convinced that Kennedy was murdered by a vast conspiracy. Been there, done that. I've read many of the books published on both sides of the issue, and over the years I've come to the conclusion that when it comes to misrepresentation, credulity, and disingenuously taking things out of context, there's plenty of blame to go around. I've gradually surrendered my own conspiracy theories - partly because of the vigorous arguments put forward by Bugliosi in the parent volume to this book.

I also love Oliver Stone's "JFK." It's a great movie, one of the best I've ever seen. But "JFK" is art; "Parkland" - at least the book - is history.

A note about the narration. George Newbern does an excellent job. He gives distinctive voices to the different people involved, usually by suggestion rather than outright mimicry - a series of impressionistic portraits rather than impressions. One voice in particular deserves comment: Newbern nails Oswald. It's not just the twang, not just the inflection; it's the arrogance, the evasiveness, the buried fear, the sense of a deeply damaged man. I haven't heard Newbern before, but I definitely want to hear him again.
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- Tad Davis

Propaganda..Spoiler Alert: JFK dies

Would you try another book from Vincent Bugliosi and/or George Newbern?

I have read other Bugliosi titles before and liked them. His book on Manson was very good. Parkland is a well written book and the writing style is easy to follow. My issues with this book are really about the content.

What does George Newbern bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The narration is good and doesn't distract from the story.

Was Parkland worth the listening time?

The first part was a pretty good minute by minute account of the day but the second half, detailing the investigation, was very droll and patchy. Bugliosi paints the secret service, the Dallas PD and Sheriffs Department and the FBI as flawless organizations who "did the best they could" and Jack Ruby as a sympathetic character.

Any additional comments?

I've read dozens of books on Kennedy and the assassination, including the entire text of the Warren Commission Report. I've had a curiosity that began in 4th grade over 20 years ago, so when a new book comes out it get's my attention. I'm not a conspiracy theory true believer and I was just as critical of Oliver Stone but this book a) contains nothing new and b) goes so far to present Oswald as the lone assassin that relevant facts that have made people question the Warren Commission for decades are either ignored or presented as fiction. At best Parkland is a one sided version of an event that really needs to be touted as such. At worst it is revisionist history.

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- Melody

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-10-2013
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio