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  • Hardcover: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing (1 Oct. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1626365334
  • ISBN-13: 978-1626365339
  • Product Dimensions: 1.6 x 0.4 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Johnny Nineball on 31 Oct. 2013
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This is a tremendously impressive bit of work. To state perhaps the main and most obvious thing first, Mr. DiEugenio thoroughly dissects and reveals the emptiness of Vincent Bugliosi's 2600 page (including notes) tome Reclaiming History that tries to re-justify the Warren Commission report. Many people have apparently found Bugliosi convincing and cite him as their irrefutable evidence that Oswald killed JFK and acted alone. What DiEugenio does is pick Bugliosi's duplicitous account apart, revealing his omissions and distortions in stark clarity and beyond the shadow of a doubt.

Mr. DiEugenio deserves our gratitude for bothering to undertake this important yet tedious task, and our pity for having to wade through every page of Bugliosi's enormous door-stopper. I would be willing to bet he is the only person in the world who has accomplished that unenviable feat. One can't of course do an honest review if one fails to finish the book, and Bugliosi's book is one that has sorely needed this kind of treatment. Now it has been definitively exposed for what it is, thanks to DiEugenio's efforts. And rest assured you are in good hands with this author; not only is he as well versed in JFK research as anyone alive, he is a remarkably clear, logical, even-handed, and engaging writer as well. He writes with humor, but he never stoops to the kind of scathing derogatory ad hominem verbal violence that is so startlingly off-putting in Bugliosi's style. DiEugenio sticks to the facts, and doesn't assert anything he can't amply back up with documents and witnesses.

The stranger and more interesting thing really, given what is ultimately the flimsiness of Bugliosi's defense of the Lone Nut hypothesis, is why Bugliosi would have put his reputation on the line over it.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Frans C. on 2 Dec. 2013
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I read many books on the Kennedy assassination, but Reclaiming Parkland is one of the best. It is absolutely incomprehensible that there are people who keep on defending the Warren Report. Reclaiming Parkland is an absolute must read for anyone interested in the subject. Chapter by chapter Vincent Bugliosi"s Reclaiming History is dissected completely with strong arguments put forward by the authors.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Robert Falconer on 10 May 2014
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With so much disinformation and fabrication surrounding that fateful day in Dallas, it's refreshing to read an account that focuses simply on facts. DiEugenio provides so much evidence to support his case that even the most sceptical of readers will be hard pressed not to admit that the official version of events cannot possibly be true. A well written and truly informative work - highly recommended.
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6 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Paul Baker on 18 Nov. 2013
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Jim DiEugenio, once again, skirts around the central core facts of the JFK assassination which prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that one man alone murdered JFK. Instead he attempts to discredit Bugliosi, and anyone else who attempts to alter his warped world view. This is how Jim tends to work. Just listen to his ranting and raving on Black Op Radio. In particular, his debate with John McAdams on Black Op Radio is very interesting, as well as cringeworthy (listen to Jim fail to answer the final question).

Never mind that ballistics prove that the bullets that killed JFK came from a rifle that Oswald owned. Never mind that Neutron Activation Analysis proves the single bullet theory. Never mind that the shots came from the place that Oswald worked. Never mind that Oswald was seen taking his rifle into work that morning. Never mind that Oswald was seen shooting at the President from the sixth floor, south east window of the TSBD. Never mind that Oswald took off in the wake of the assassination and murdered a policeman shortly afterwards ...

... (Jim thinks that there were no shots fired from the sixth floor that day, by the way. How can anyone take him seriously?)

In Reclaiming History, Vincent Bugliosi gives 53 reasons that Oswald was guilty as hell. It's all kind of obvious, really. Why can't Jim DiEugenio see that? Read this book and the answer to that particular question will in turn become obvious.

Parkland, the film will be - I hope - the perfect antidote to the almost continuous lie that is Oliver Stone's "JFK".
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36 of 40 people found the following review helpful
Mr. DiEugenio is one of the very best! 30 Jun. 2014
By Greg Hubanks - Published on
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It appears, Mr. DiEugenio, that you and I may have something in common. You wrote that you might be the only person to read Mr. Bugliosi's, "Reclaiming History" in its entirety. I guess there are at least two of us. I read it all because I believe it is important to read both sides of an issue. Now, after reading his book and your book in response to it, I can say without any hesitation that Mr. Bugliosi comes nowhere near your level of thorough, well-written, well-researched work. I have read Mr. Bugliosi's other books too and also enjoyed them as you have; but he is frankly out of his league as an investigator in terms of writing about the Kennedy assassination. I might also add that I have also read your other works, Mr. DiEugenio (e.g., Destiny Betrayed), and find them all to be highly credible and worthy of putting you in the same category as Sylvia Meagher, Harold Weisberg and other earlier first generation investigators. Your Citizens for Truth about the Kennedy Assassination (CTKA) website and the Probe articles are simply some of the very best work out there.
My Disclaimer...Before any of the lone assassin believers jump on my review and accuse me of being some kind of false reviewer, I will just say this: I am a retired school administrator who has been interested in the Kennedy assassination since it occurred over 50 years ago. I have read about 85 books on this topic and while that entitles me to no inherent credibility, it has given me a broad perspective. For those of you who unfairly criticize Mr. DiEugenio and his work, please take the time to read the entire Reclaiming History and the entire Reclaiming Parkland along with other works (new and old) on this important event in the history of our country before you serve up statements that are flatly untrue. You certainly have a right to unload your unsupported opinions, but to do so before doing your homework, is irresponsible. Thanks for the excellent work Mr. DiEugenio!
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Reclaiming Parkland destroys Bugliosi, Hanks 26 Feb. 2014
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Reclaiming Parkland destroys the Warren Commission, its supporters, like Bugliosi and Hanks, with page after page of facts.
Then it goes further to punish them for their selective use of the facts and logic. DiEugenio embarrasses those who try to play a shell game with evidence. You'll wonder how Bugliosi can look at himself in the mirror. This book... chapter after chapter exposes the fraud in Reclaiming History.
It is relentless in dismantling the lone assassin myth house of cards. It is a brutal rebuttal to Bugliosi who in his arrogance, now lives to see his 20 years of work smashed as a waste. We owe Jim DiEugenio a debt for taking on this monster, stabbing it in the heart with a wooden stake, to see Bugliosi's work turn to dust is a just reward. Then when you might even feel sorry for Bugliosi, or embarrassed for him. DiEugenio puts Tom Hanks in his sights and delivers more of the same punishment. You will never think of Tom Hanks the same way after reading this book.
Reclaiming Parkland is a important book, and in my view one of the very best books on the JFK assassination. This is a must read for anyone interested in the topic, and if you are reading this, buy it now, you will not be sorry. Buy two you'll want to keep one, and lend the other out.
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Another masterwork by our most devoted JFK historian 11 Mar. 2014
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James DiEugenio is a name that every schoolboy should know. He has devoted his life to uncovering the truth not only behind the JFK assassination but also the behind the JFK character assassination, promulgated by the corporate-controlled mainstream media, that has followed. I highly recommend this book as well as the Second, Revised edition of DiEugenio's classic on the subject, "Destiny Betrayed." With each tome, he sticks to the facts, avoids groundless speculation, and supports his work with scholarly research, methods, and sources.
27 of 33 people found the following review helpful
Reclaiming the truth 16 Feb. 2014
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Jim DiEugenio is one of the best JFK researchers active today. The heart of the book is a lengthy and detailed dissection of Bugliosi's epic fraud, RECLAIMING HISTORY, previously published on the internet. We also learn a great deal about Bugliosi's background as assistant District Attorney of Los Angeles, his questionable ethics and his considerable ego.

He also covers the hopelessly flawed mock trial of Oswald on British TV, and the background of Tom Hanks and his attempt to make a miniseries out of Bugliosi's book. Very relevant to our own time is a look at the close CIA and Pentagon relationship with Hollywood to ensure that movies and TV shows portray the military-industrial complex in the best possible light.
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Absolutely A Splendid Rebuttal Of Bugliosi's Tome Of Nonsense 23 April 2014
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I loved this book! An absolutely brilliantly written rebuttal of Vincent Bugliosi's nonsense that required a giant Red Oak tree to publish. I cannot add much more than has been written about the bogus mock trial in the UK between Bugliosi and Spence. This farcical mock trial that attempted to prove the guilt of Intelligence agent Oswald for the execution of President Kennedy is utterly discredited in a dozen ways to Sunday by Mr. Di Eugenio. Di Eugenio, who actually read the nonsense in Bugliosi's tome, shreds the content chapter by chapter. The writing is so wonderfully assembled that it was a joy to read Reclaiming Parkland. Di Eugenio's wit and subtle sarcasm is what makes reading it so much fun. The author does not take cheap shots, he simply points out the obvious flaws in Bugliosi's book (1700 plus pages plus 1000 more on a CD Rom) which attempted to justify the virtual nonsense in the "Johnson Report", better known as the Warren Commission. Di Eugenio's bibliography is extensive and extremely well researched. Having seen Bugliosi several times in A&E, Biography and History Channel episodes (financed by the same Intelligence agencies that were key to the execution of President Kennedy), what I found humorous is Bugliosi's often repeated warning; "Citizen's should not invest the time to research the execution of the much beloved President, because it is a time consuming and endless quest that will ruin your life". Now put into perspective that Bugliosi invested more than TWENTY ONE years in the "research" that is Reclaiming History!

The last several chapters were new information for me. The detailed Pakistan/Afghanistan misadventure and how the CIA and other agencies screwed up Afghanistan at the end of the Soviet Union's ill advised venture during the late seventies until their withdraw in the late eighties. By funneling our extensive monies and equipment through the ISI, the Pakistani equivalent to our own FBI/CIA we sowed the seeds for the dysfunctional situation we created for the Muslim extremists. Di Eugenio also spends a chapter on the fictional movie, Charlie Wilson's War. Again the liberties used by Hanks and company to present the movie as "historical" turns out to be nowhere close to actual events.

The final chapter of how the Intelligence Agencies have infiltrated Hollywood was also new to me. The influence is deep and pervasive, which should give pause to anyone watching military type movies created by Hollywood. Saving Private Ryan, again with Hanks and Spielberg, is another example of the extensive liberties Hollywood has used to create myths of actual events. The author thoroughly discredits Hanks and his production company, Playtone. It turns out Hanks is really not that well informed about history. Neither is Spielberg.

In summary, I highly recommend this book for all JFK researchers and while a I was fundamentally informed of most of the JFK research, readers who are not familiar with the history of that horrific event might first want to read James Douglas's outstanding book, JFK & The Unspeakable, Why He Died and Why It Matters. Di Eugenio should be given a tremendous amount of credit for investing the time to take apart Bugliosi's nonsensical tome and for the incredible amount of research he did to write a succinct and important book. I also highly recommend his previous book Destiny Betrayed. Without question one of the very top echelon researchers in the JFK field. His bibliography is one of the deepest and most complete of the many authors I have read on the Coup that horrible day in Dallas on November 22, 1963.

Stephen Courts
April 23, 2014
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