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All Rights Reserved. Cancel Submit. It makes sense that people would consider a conspiracy. John Wilkes Booth was part of a group of conspirators, although Garfield and McKinley were likewise the victims of lone gunmen. With politics being what they were in the s - people worried about Communists, minority races, homosexuals and mob hitmen - and JFK being who he was, it seems almost impossible to believe one man could have acted on his own.
It's as William Manchester is quoted in the book, and in the television special I saw: "If you put six million dead Jews on one side of a scale and on the other side put the Nazi regime [ But if you put the murdered President of the United States on one side of a scale and that wretched waif Oswald on the other side, it doesn't balance.
You want to add something weightier to Oswald. It would invest the President's death with meaning, endowing him with martyrdom. He would have died for something. Gerald Posner masterfully demonstrates this in his book. It is easy to see after reading in so much detail about Oswald why he seized the opportunity to kill the President, and it's likewise easy to see how much emotional turmoil Jack Ruby went through before spontaneously deciding to kill Oswald. Not only that, but it becomes obvious that these two were bit players, maybe not even that.
They both had fantasies that they were more than they really were. Oswald wanted to be a great Marxist or Communist. He wanted to be recognized. Jack wanted to be known, as well.
Case Closed: Lee Harvey Oswald and the Assassination of JFK Summary
The bullets, the trajectory, the number of shooters, the evidence in the Book Depository, and witness accounts are all addressed. This book came out in , so it is somewhat dated, but he was able to use computer modeling to recreate some of the questionable situations. He also uses medical evidence to account for certain things such as why JFK looks like he is reacting to a shot from the front when he was shot from behind. This is really an excellent book and a must-read for anyone interested not only in the assassination itself but also the history of our country in the s and 60s and the prevailing mindset of the time.
View 1 comment. Where does the evidence lead? That is the central question in both the realms of both science and history.
We can believe what we want, but it will be either with a factual basis to support it or it will not. Generally, sources that are credible, and are as close to the event as possible have the most weight in determining the factuality of an event. The use of primary sources from the time of the event is also crucial in determining the facts of the matter at hand. The picture that emerges is one of a incredibly small man who possesses two of the worst traits possible; arrogance and stupidity.
His mental state one could charitably claim as disturbed, yet he never got any help. He comes to his Marxism by reading and cannot adequately defend himself against competing views except by argument. He goes to Russia, finds life there to be in opposition to the worker's paradise he envisioned, and comes home with his Russian wife and child. Upon returning home, he drifts from job to job and attempts to curry favor with the American Communist Party by being the only member of his local Fair Play for Cuba organization. He is delusional, grandiose, yet paranoid.
Above all else, he wants to make a name for himself. In the end, it is that need to be famous which puts him on the sixth floor of the Texas Book Depository on that fateful day. Posner spends much time going through the timeline of the events of that weekend, along the way destroying the various conspiracy theories that have arisen in the last 50 years. Some of the competing theories have at least a kernel of logic and truth to them, but some - such as the switching of JFK's body at Love Field on Air Force One - simply defy logic and common sense.
But Posner dissects all of the major alternate theories and goes about eliminating them as possible explanations. The problem with most conspiracies is they can only be kept truly secret is if only one person is left alive who knows the plot. Mar 27, Dick rated it really liked it. Posner does a superior job of running down all the allegations and conspiraicies.
His detailed run down of the facts, rumors and innuendoes is impressive. For those who think there was more than one person shooting that day - read this book. For those who think that Lyndon Johnson was involved - read this book. The pristine bullet is explained - which has subsequently been proven through use of computer modeling - to have hit both the president and the governor.
And the bullet was not pristine - Posner does a superior job of running down all the allegations and conspiraicies. And the bullet was not pristine - conspiracy folks will show that part of the bullet that appears undamaged. Feb 14, Paul Spencer rated it liked it. Way too much detail but Posner obviously had to cross every t and dot every i in order to make a convincing argument that Oswald acted alone. He convinced me. The thing about all the Kennedy conspiracy theories and this is true of pretty much all conspiracy theories is they're really meant to reassure us that the world is an orderly place even if it's an evil one.
What Posner reveals is just how random world events are, so random that a loser, with little to distinguish himself in life other Way too much detail but Posner obviously had to cross every t and dot every i in order to make a convincing argument that Oswald acted alone.
The shot heard 40 years later - Los Angeles Times
What Posner reveals is just how random world events are, so random that a loser, with little to distinguish himself in life other than his skill at marksmanship, can change the course of history. First off, I would like to say that the case will never be entirely closed, thanks to Jack Ruby. America was done a great disservice by not having a full trial of Oswald. While this book is meticulous it its examination of the actions, beliefs and motivations of Oswald, the author does have one annoying aspect that seeps into his analysis of the most prevalent conspiracy theories.
He constantly refers to those who pursue various conspiracy stories as "buffs". This is a slight and belittles those First off, I would like to say that the case will never be entirely closed, thanks to Jack Ruby. This is a slight and belittles those who have arrived at a different conclusion. Would Posner the author like to be constantly called a lone gunman buff or single shooter theorist?
That small matter aside, I am convinced that Oswald was the only shooter. And I really wanted to believe that some conspiracy had to be the truth. The evidence is just not there.
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