Casey (lastbestchance) wrote in 50bookchallenge,

39. Reclaiming History: The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy

Reclaiming History: The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy
by Vincent Bugliosi

Started: March 5, 2011
Finished: April 18, 2011

O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay! After a month and a half, I finally finished this behemoth of a book. It says 1,518 pages but the print is so miniscule that it was really more like 4,000. Anyways, despite the length, I thoroughly enjoyed this read. Bugliosi is a masterful researcher and a pretty damn good writer too.  I'd give an A+ to the opening few hundred pages that give a minute by minute description of the facts as they happened on those four days in November 1963, an A+ to the lengthy biographies of Jack Ruby and Lee Harvey Oswald, and mostly around a B for the rest of this book. I did occasionally get tired of Bugliosi's tone when he was shooting down conspiracy theory after conspiracy theory as it read a lot like an attorney giving his final arguments to a jury. Though, of course, that's exactly what Bugliosi is and what he was trying to do here. Anyways, I'm glad I finally read this after I'd given it a couple of false starts over the last three or four years. 1,518 pages. Grade: A
Total # of books read in 2011: 39
Total # of pages read in 2011: 10,038

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