The assassination of John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963, continues to inspire interest ranging from well-meaning speculation to bizarre conspiracy theories and controversial filmmaking. But in this landmark audiobook, reissued with a new afterword for the 40th anniversary of the assassination, Gerald Posner examines all of the available evidence and reaches the only possible conclusion: Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone.
There was no second gunman on the grassy knoll. The CIA was not involved. And although more than four million pages of documents have been released since Posner first made his case, they have served only to corroborate his findings. Case Closed remains the classic account against which all books about JFK's death must be measured.
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Giving the truth - with some attitude
This book requires more than one hearing. It has details and information that may take a bit to sink in - especially when it contradicts with the conspiracy "proof" that has bombarded us for generations. The author holds nothing back when he goes through the timeline step by step. Even better - and in sharp contrast to many previous authors - he gives the background and/or personal issues of the witnesses. Unlike many previous authors or theorists on the assassination, Posner does not take each witness report like gospel. He discusses how statements have changed over the years or how photographic evidence counters the human remembrance of the day. He points out where the government made mistakes as well. In addition, he shows how the conspiracy theories have had to be adjusted to fit when new technology allows for a better understanding of the physical evidence.
The author's voice comes through in such a clear fashion - particularly when he shows an amused sarcasm at the wilder theories of the conspiracy followers. The narrator does a wonderful job in his portrayal of the author as well.
While I wanted to listen to this book straight through in one sitting, it wasn't feasible. I would gladly take it on a long drive or plane ride - talk about passing the time with something interesting!
If the only background you have of the JFK assassination comes from Oliver Stone's movie JFK? You have to listen to Case Closed.
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