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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Case closed indeed.brilliantly blowing all conspiracies out of the water.
see above for details.the clues are always in the titles.
maybe soon a realistic jfk movie can be made from books like this.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It may not be the last word on this subject but it should be
Some of the other reviews here are quite hysterical. Ok, I am prepared to accept that Posner may have cherry picked some of his sources to support his central hypothesis. That's to be expected. He is, after all, a journalist.

However, his various assertions about Oswald's life, social outlook, state of mind in November 1963 and modus operandi, reinforced by...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Case closed indeed.brilliantly blowing all conspiracies out of the water., 27 Jan 2014
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see above for details.the clues are always in the titles.
maybe soon a realistic jfk movie can be made from books like this.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent read, 16 Jan 2014
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Best book on the JFK assassination.
I was very impressed with the evidence put forward by the author in making the case for Lee Oswald being the sole assassin.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars clinical, convincing and correct, 10 Dec 2009
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J. P. Ryder "J. P. Ryder" (London) - See all my reviews
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Gerald Posner seems to be the author that all conspiracy theorists love to hate. If you read this book with an open mind you'll soon understand why.

Posner tackles the unfettered and careless fantasists with clinical precision and effect. His challenges to the entire 'conspiracy idea' render this book as one of the most important ever written on the murders of President Kennedy and Police Officer Tippit.

But, in truth, that's not the best virtue of the book.
The author does a wonderful job of exposing the real Lee Harvey Oswald. Posner digs deep and exhumes the real man who perpetrated the assassination. He dispels all the nonsense that's been written and said about Oswald in desperate attempts by disingenuous commentators to exonerate a young man who killed two, grievously injured another (John Connally) and attempted to murder another (Edwin Walker). Oswald can also be said to have attempted to murder the officers who arrested him in the Texas Theatre - after all he did pull a fully-loaded revolver on them. Had he killed any one of them would we still be debating his innocence today?

Those who have sought to defend Oswald since his own murder usually opine that he `never had his day in court'.
In fact Oswald has had a better defence in death that he ever could have expected had he lived to face trial. The great and the good have come to his aid for more than forty years and none have come close to raising anything like `a reasonable doubt' in his defence. In this book Posner shows why.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Definitive Work on JFK Assassination, 2 Feb 2014
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Spectacularly well researched piece, debunking common myths and preconceptions and sticking to the facts to create an immersive look into the worlds of those involved in the assassination. Having grown up on JFK (the movie) and the 'absolute certainty' of a conspiracy, this book proved to be a very decisive reminder that what you KNOW TO BE TRUE isn't always the case. Outstanding work from the author.
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13 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An accurate insight exploding conspiracy theories, 20 Mar 2000
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I was delighted to discover Posner's book some years ago and was impressed with his detailed knowledge of Oswald and the JFK assasination. It simply is a must read for those interested in America's most notorious murder, and will challenge even the most ardent conspiracy theorist to re-evaluate the weight of evidence against Oswald.Posner paints a fascinating insight into Oswald, and is unencumbered by the extensive use of footnotes. Excellent.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It may not be the last word on this subject but it should be, 28 Jan 2012
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Some of the other reviews here are quite hysterical. Ok, I am prepared to accept that Posner may have cherry picked some of his sources to support his central hypothesis. That's to be expected. He is, after all, a journalist.

However, his various assertions about Oswald's life, social outlook, state of mind in November 1963 and modus operandi, reinforced by extensive and authoritative footnotes, amount to a fairly comprehensive debunking of the various conspiracy myths. Oswald's alleged connections to US and Russian intelligence, Jack Ruby, anti-Castro elements and The Mafia are well and truly filleted. One of central planks of the conspiracy based cottage industry is, of course, the sequence of events regarding the assassination itself. Here Posner lucidly presents the now widely accepted case evidence for how Oswald was proficient enough with a bolt action rifle to get off three shots in just over 8 seconds and killed JFK and wounded Connally. His dissection of the whole Jim Garrison shenanigans and Oliver Stone's "JFK" movie is another highlight.
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14 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well researched in fact !, 8 Mar 2007
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Having spent more than 25 years as a serious researcher on this subject and some three hundred books down the line, I found this (actually very well researched) book to be quite compelling. The problem with the pro conspiracy stance is that it takes multiple detailed criticisms that in turn add up to seemingly serious questions, but does not address the high level broader issues with the available evidence. Posters' book is a fine introduction to the lone gunman stance and a strong foil to the pro conspiracy books that outnumber it and other similar books by about 20 to one. Unfortunately very few people have read the full facts on this case - you would need years to do so, so we rely heavily on authors to be fair and sensible - Posner comes reasonably close to being sensible - though clearly he has to make a passionate stance to make his book stand out.

For those who doubt the Oswald did it stance, read this book - at least it will make you think. Consider one key point of the case - the single bullet theory. Now look at a picture of Kennedy and Connally in the limousine - there are some in this book and ask your self how could a bullet traveling from behind and downwards go through Governor Connally entering just to the left of his right arm pit and travel downwards and across at approx 13 degrees to his mid line - without going through JFK first. No matter how much you want to believe that two people or more shot Kennedy and Connally, it's almost impossible that it happened any other way than the official report states. As one reviewer says here , "Get over it". Oswald did it - boring though that may be and this book goes a long way to proving it. Silly comments like if Oswald had done it he would have been proclaiming his success are plain conjecture. Consider also this simple point - 98% of the witnesses who had an opinion on the direction of where the shots came from said they all came from the same direction. If you prove one shot came from above and behind - which has been proven beyond any doubt then you have a highly compelling case against shots coming from anywhere other than the book depository. Take the positive reviews here as a more accurate representation of this book. Buy it.
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22 of 35 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Case Still Open, 8 Oct 2007
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The beauty of a book like Case Closed is that it claims to have all of the answers. If the reader is willing to blindly accept everything the author states as fact, they may be left feeling as if they know the answer to the great American murder mystery. There's no doubt that Posner is a strong, if simplistic, writer and as a former lawyer he knows how to present a case. And he most certainly has his lawyer hat on when he presents what basically amounts to a prosecutors brief. He cherry-picks the evidence, choosing only the witness testimonies and statements that support his arguments whilst ignoring and misrepresenting those that do not. Worst of all, when there is no evidence to support one of his claims, he says there is anyway!

Case Closed is rife with factual errors. In fact there are probably more inaccuracies in this book than in any of the hundreds of pro-conspiracy books that Posner spends half of his time criticising. For example:

p255: Posner claims that railroad workers on the overpass could not have seen puffs of smoke from rifle fire on the knoll "since modern ammunition is smokeless, it seldom creates even a wisp of smoke." This is provably false. Even a government investigation of the assassination refuted this. (see HSCA report p606)

p13n: Posner cites the reports of two Soviet psychiatrists claiming that they support the notion that Oswald was mentally unsound. They do not. (see Warren Commission hearings vol. 18 p464-73)

p257: Posner claims that eyewitness Ed Hoffman could not have seen a gunman behind the picket fence atop the grassy knoll because his view was blocked by "four large railway freight cars." All known films and photos show this to be false.

p329: According to Posner the exact moment Governor Connally was hit can be pin-pointed at frame 224 of the Zapruder film because "the right front of the Governor's suit lapel flips up from his chest." He neglects to mention that the bullet hole in Connally's jacket was several inches down from the lapel in the jacket body beneath the right nipple area.

And so on.

This is not to say that Case Closed is entirely without merit. Regardless of whether or not you agree with the author's conclusions, it is a very enjoyable read. Even though I know it is woefully biased and inaccurate I was gripped by Posner's biography of Oswald. And he does debunk a few of the sillier theories on the assassination (such as the bizarre body alteration theory put forth in David Lifton's book "Best Evidence"). Still, it's probably best to treat this book as what it is; a work of fiction.
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10 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Superb Book, 13 May 2003
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In addition to being highly readable, the depth of Posner's research and the weight of his evidence makes his case unanswerable.
It is also a damning comment on the shoddy work of the conspiracy theorists.
Instead of following the usual route of speculating and looking for conspiracies, he devotes much of the book to looking closely at what Oswald actually did with his life. He proves conclusively that he was a complete loner who never had any positive contact with the CIA, KGB, Mafia, Jack Ruby or anyone else.
He also shows that modern scientific analysis of the assassination has proved conclusively that only Oswald fired the shots.
As for those who still refuse to face the facts; well, as Posner says, the conspiracy lobby is big business these days, and there are a lot of people who have a vested interest in keeping it going. And there are also many people for whom it has become almost a religious belief.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars High quality, 6 Sep 2013
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I have a dog eared copy of this book and wanted a newer copy. Faultless delivery, excellent quality. Only 6 for a hardback copy.
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