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Parkland (originally titled Four Days in November) is the exciting and definitive narrative of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963. The film—starring Paul Giamatti, Zac Efron, Jacki Weaver, and Billy Bob Thornton—follows a group of individuals making split-second decisions after this incomprehensible event: the doctors and nurses at Parkland Hospital, the chief of the Dallas Secret Service, the cameraman who captured what has become the most examined film in history, the FBI agents who had gunman Lee Harvey Oswald within their grasp, and Vice President Lyndon Johnson who had to take control of the country at a moment’s notice. Based on Vincent Bugliosi’s Reclaiming History—Parkland is the story of that day—the movie is produced by Tom Hanks, Gary Goetzman (Game Change, Charlie Wilson’s War), Nigel Sinclair (End of Watch, Snitch), Matt Jackson (End of Watch, Snitch), and Bill Paxton, and written and directed by Peter Landesman.
"Bugliosi has definitively explained the murder that recalibrated modern America." —Jim Newton, Los Angeles Times Book Review

Baker & Taylor
An analysis of JFK's assassination and its surrounding conspiracy theories draws on forensic evidence, key witness testimonies, and other sources to explain what really happened and why conspiracy theories have become so popularized.

Book News
Birthed from Bugliosi's magnum opus Recaiming History, Parkland, previously published in 2007 as Four Days in November, covers the assassination of President John F. Kennedy from the morning of the fateful day through his and Oswald's funerals four days later. A riveting march through time and space, sometimes minute-by-minute, of the four-day period that traumatized America, it spotlights the people close to the action. In a tight chronology, the book begins with Marina Oswald rising at 6:30 on the morning of Friday, November 22, 1963, and ends at 4:00 in the afternoon as Secret Service agents accompany Marina to Rose Hill Cemetery to bury her husband four days later. This fascinating book is for scholars and the interested public. Annotation ©2013 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

& Taylor

A narrative account of the assassination of the 35th President, published as a companion to the release of the film being produced by Tom Hanks, follows a Parkland Hospital physician, a Secret Service agent, a cameraman and an FBI agent who make split-second decisions in the aftermath of the shooting. By the best-selling author of Helter Skelter. (This book was previously featured in Forecast.) Original. TV tie-in. 30,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Company, [2013]
ISBN: 9780393347333
Branch Call Number: 973.922 KENNE BUGLI
Characteristics: pages ; cm
Additional Contributors: Bugliosi, Vincent Reclaiming history
Notes: "Previously published under the title Four days in November"--Title page verso
"Drawn from an earlier work, Reclaiming history : the assassination of President John F. Kennedy (W. W. Norton, 2007)"--Title page verso


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The caption to the reproduction of Mary Moorman's Polaroid photograph reads, in part: 'Conspiracy theorists are convinced that the president's assassin was hidden somewhere behind the fence to the left.' SOME believe that. Others know that from one of the three men to the right front of the President's limousine emanates the fatal head shot. Specifically, the closest man to the limo, i.e., the bottom man, who holds up the weapon from which the fatal shot emits. If you don't believe me, use a copy machine to blow up his hand which is extended toward the President. You know how to do it: with each copy, blow that up again. Until you have a big copy of his hand pointed at the President. Tell me that doesn't look like a gun barrel to you. If it does, begin making some noise about it!

I've read extensively on the Kennedy assassination, and I can tell you that this book and the more complete "Reclaiming History" by the same author will give you about the best account of what really happened. The latter is particularly good on debunking hare-brained conspiracy theories. See also the invaluable "Case Closed," by Gerald L. Posner.

Sep 03, 2019

Well, I loved reading Helter Skelter by Vincent Bugliosi, so I decided to check this book out by the same author from the library. It was amazing. I am normally a slow reader, that is, I intentionally read slow when reading for pleasure. This book, however, I read hyper-fast. I particularly liked it because we all kind of "know" the principle characters and myriad theories from countless documentaries, but this offered minute-by-minute factual details, and eschewed conspiracy-nut ramblings.

Aug 16, 2017

The best book about the assassination. A must read, but it is overly detailed. It could've been shorter and if I'm not correct there is a shorter version called Parkland. The scariest thing I got from the story is how closely Ozwald's view of politics would match up with today's liberals. It's ironic to think they could sit down and agree on so many points politically with the man who murdered one of their hero's.

Dec 02, 2015

Thankfully, the Seattle Library system does not have this pile of trash, but to the readers at other libraries, I would respectfully suggest you first read the excellent comments by commenter, AQUILEA777 below, and next Google on the name // Eugene B. Dinkin \\ a great American hero who tried to prevent the murder of JFK by the vermin of America!
Mr. Dinkin was turned into a near-vegetable with electro-shock, and presently resides in a mobile home park in the vicinity of Van Nuys or Orange, California. Should you see him, please give him the utmost respect due a REAL AMERICAN, they are so few and far between today!
[And other Americans are sick and tired of traitors like Bugliosi!]

Nov 20, 2014

Novelized account based on corrupt Warren record. Bugliosi includes countless irrelevant details, pretends to know intimate thoughts of Oswald and Marina, dwells on Ruby's daily habits, but omits decisive contrary facts. He says nothing about witnesses who saw shots from behind the fence, nothing about the false Secret Service agent who turned back a policeman and others who charged up the grassy knoll in pursuit.

Before aborting, I got as far as Patrolman Baker's encounter with Oswald on the 2d floor about 90 seconds after the shooting. Oswald was holding an open Coke bottle. Though Baker aimed a drawn gun at him inches away, Oswald, who had supposedly just killed the President, showed no alarm. He was not out of breath after supposedly bounding down four flights just moments before.

The problem for conspiracy-deniers like Bugliosi is, Oswald did not have time to eject the third shell, wipe and hide the rifle, run down from the 6th floor, buy a Coke bottle from a vending machine and open it, all before Baker found him calm and unconcerned, looking like an innocent man. To make this fantastic tale seem semi-believable, the Coke had to be eliminated. That would cut a few seconds.

In a written statement (Commission Exhibit 3076) dated just one day before the date of the Warren Report, Baker said Oswald was "standing in the lunch room, drinking a coke" -- but the last three words were struck through and the change supposedly initialed by Baker.

The Warren Report says that Oswald was "empty handed" (p 5), that Oswald "had nothing in his hands" (p151), and that "Oswald's hands were empty" (p 152) -- citing supposed testimony before the Commission, with no reference to Baker's written statement.

Why did the Commission make such a point of the empty hands? Why mention them at all? Obviously because Oswald HAD been seen holding a Coke bottle, this had become common knowledge, and had to be strongly denied per the time factor. The Coke bottle would exonerate Oswald.

Why did Baker in his unaltered written statement so coincidentally say Oswald was drinking a Coke? Obviously because that was what Baker saw and had been telling people. Perhaps he just forgot he wasn't supposed to say it for the Commission. The whole thing is utterly fishy, yet typical of the Warren proceedings.

In his narrative, Bugliosi does not mention the Coke bottle, and, though he often repeats the Warren account nearly verbatim, also does not mention the empty hands, and certainly not the suspicious alteration of Baker's written statement. I expect Bugliosi proceeds in the same misleading way through the hospital, where all doctors recorded that Kennedy had been shot from in front. Why waste any more time on another blatant coverup book?

I admired Bugliosi's stands against Bush Jr's theft of the 2000 election and Bush Jr's lawless 2003 Iraq War. But on the JFK murder, Bugliosi sadly clings to the discredited falsifications of the Warren Report.

SpencerSpencer Oct 18, 2013

This was a mostly riveting and fact-oriented account of the weekend the JFK was assassinated and buried. Mostly interesting and well-detailed narrative. However, at some points I skipped a couple of pages because the over detailed account was too much for me. The basis for the film PARKLAND.


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