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The Great Zapruder Film Hoax: Deceit and Deception in the Death of Jfk Paperback – 15 Sep 2003

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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Open Court Publishing Co ,U.S. (15 Sept. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 081269547X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812695472
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 15.2 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,118,890 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A picture can capture a 1000 words" or so they say. In this remarkable new text, the much talked about Zapruder film depicting JFK's assassination conveys many words, and raises numerable questions and areas of controversy, debate and authenticity of key events and witnesses. Although undoubtedly of great analytical and scientific skill, James Fetzer sets out his findings in a clear and gripping way and it is very much "edge of your seat" reading. Don't be put off by the numerous photos or diagrams. Any mystery this enormous requires back-up documentation and to study it will help you to fill in the gaps of your knowledge. After all it is video footage that is the centrepiece. The book also portrays the chilling background to which information was either made public, or distorted or withheld in the days when secrecy was everything.
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Well, where do you start? For me the most disturbing points about this book are not the alleged revelations about the Zapruder film, but the fact that this poorly written, poorly printed, poorly organised work will do more harm to the conspiracy cause than good. If you are new to the whole JFK thing, then make sure you read other, better researched and level headed books (Crossfire by Jim Marrs, Rush to Judgement by Mark Lane & On The Trail Of The Assassins by Jim Garrison are superbly written, exciting and eye-opening, and I strongly recommend these to give any beginner a good foundation in the case).
It would take ages to go into detail about every fault with this book, but the main concerns I have are: 1) I would guess that around only 50% of the contents deal with the actual details of the Zapruder film and the rest on irrelevant aspects of the assassination and promoting the authors seminars. 2) Photographs are very poorly reproduced (They look like too dark photocopies) making them useless. 3) There is no continuity, making the whole thing very confusing; The contents are erratic and have no flow. 4) There are so many silly spelling and punctuation mistakes, it calls into question the accuracy of the entire thing. 5) There is too much bitching about, and insulting of, other researchers and their work. 6) While there are some valid, interesting points which suggest that the Zapruder film MAY have been faked, these are not adequately explained or proven, and some issues are ignored all together. Not enough of the book is dedicated to explaining these issues. 7) The book is written in a way which assumes that you already know the assassination inside out, so not good for beginners. I could go on, but these reviews are limited to 1000 words!
In short, this book is too poorly written, printed & organised; I have given it 3 stars because it does contain some very interesting points and information
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Who would have guessed that the film that everyone looked upon as a definitive record of the tragedy of 22nd November 1963, turns out to be, at the very least, dubious. James Fetzer has done some thorough analysis, and comes up with some compelling evidence that the film has many elements that simply defy reality, for example:-

The crowd lining the pavement in the foreground of Zapruder are provably not the same people that are shown in other films and photographs taken from different angles. They also show no reaction or emotion as the limousine approaches, as if they were superimposed from a different point in time.

There were many eye-witnesses who spoke of the presidential car coming to a complete, or almost complete, stop at the time the shots were fired. The car in the Z film makes a continually smooth forward motion, but when the figures in the car are examined closely, they are seen to suddenly lurch forward in a manner consistent with the car braking hard.

There are several examples of some of the figures on the lawn making sudden unnatural movements in the space of just one frame, indicating the removal of frames. Some of the figures just don't look human, such as the mysterious "running man".

If one compares the size of some of the figures in the background, with objects of known dimensions like lamp-posts, it becomes clear that these figures have been magnified so as to fit into the picture.

Fetzer has certainly done his homework, and goes into much technical examination of the film itself, which I must admit I found difficult to follow at times, but the features listed above, (and others), when studied closely, seem to bear out what he says.
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