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This review is from: Voodoo Histories: The Role of the Conspiracy Theory in Shaping Modern History (Hardcover)
At one time I was a firm believer in the conspiracy theory of John F. Kennedy's assassination. But then new facts emerged, the ballistic evidence fell into its correct perspective, and it turned out that Oswald had fired all the shots after all. I then had to go through the strange, and strangely pleasurable, sensation of opening my mind and allowing myself to let go of a long-held opinion. In this book David Aaronovitch covers not only the Kennedy case, but a wide range of other conspiracy scenarios, debunking them with wit, intelligence and a refreshing dose of common sense, allowing innumerable readers the opportunity to experience that same pleasurable sense of opening their minds and letting go of long cherished `facts'. Voodoo Histories provides the tools for us to cut through the half truths, fantasies and wish fulfillment that lie behind the majority of conspiracy theories, and as a bonus it explores the question of why we feel the need to have conspiracy theories at all. On top of which, it is extremely well written. Very highly recommended.
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Initial post: 18 May 2009 17:06:46 BDT
Last edited by the author on 18 May 2009 17:07:32 BDT
Hi Andrew, I was interested in the fact that you used to be a "firm believer" in the conspiracy "theory" concerning the assassination of Kennedy. What changed? Did you just believe the theory or the evidence? It's probably silly and daft to try and be a dissenting voice in the review of a book that seeks to analyse and disprove conspiracy theories. However I would say that the murder of Kennedy is probably different. I have read one or two books concerning Kennedy's assassination. I have also seen the famous Zapruder film and Kennedy always dies the same way; getting his brains blown out from the front. Or have you also seen a different version of this film?
Posted on 1 Feb 2010 19:45:16 GMT
Last edited by the author on 8 Feb 2010 05:25:45 GMT
The Guardian says:
I too was converted from a 'grassy knoll' conspiracy-believer in the Kennedy assassination to the reluctant conclusion that all the shots were fired by Oswald, when the forensics are closely studied. Add to this that Oswald had previous form trying to shoot a major political figure & had the skill, opportunity & motive to shoot Jack Kennedy.
This realization doesn't mean that other people might not have wanted Kennedy dead for all kinds of reasons, or that, if Oswald had failed, others might have tried to kill the President for other nefarious reasons within a year. You just have to face the fact that he was actually killed in the end by Oswald, acting alone.
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