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Case Closed: Lee Harvey Oswald and the Assassination of JFK

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4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

Where does the evidence lead? That is the central question in b

Where does the evidence lead? That is the central question in both the realms of both science and history. We can believe what we want, but it will be either with a factual basis to support it or it will not. Generally, sources that are credible, and are as close to ...
Where does the evidence lead? That is the central question in both the realms of both science and history. We can believe what we want, but it will be either with a factual basis to support it or it will not. Generally, sources that are credible, and are as close to the event as possible have the most weight in determining the factuality of an event. The use of primary sources from the time of the event is also crucial in determining the facts of the matter at hand.


The book spends its first 40% concentrating on Oswald himself. The picture that emerges is one of a incredibly small man who possesses two of the worst traits possible; arrogance and stupidity. Time and again, Posner provides eyewitness testimony to the fact that Oswald was simply a blithering idiot and/or a complete loon. His mental state one could charitably claim as disturbed, yet he never got any help. He comes to his Marxism by reading and cannot adequately defend himself against competing views except by argument. He goes to Russia, finds life there to be in opposition to the worker's paradise he envisioned, and comes home with his Russian wife and child. Upon returning home, he drifts from job to job and attempts to curry favor with the American Communist Party by being the only member of his local Fair Play for Cuba organization. He is delusional, grandiose, yet paranoid. Above all else, he wants to make a name for himself. In the end, it is that need to be famous which puts him on the sixth floor of the Texas Book Depository on that fateful day. Posner spends much time going through the timeline of the events of that weekend, along the way destroying the various conspiracy theories that have arisen in the last 50 years. Some of the competing theories have at least a kernel of believability to them, but some - such as the switching of JFK's body at Love Field on Air Force One - simply defy logic and common sense. But Posner dissects all of the major alternate theories and goes about eliminating them as possible explanations. The problem with most conspiracies is they can only be kept truly secret is if only one person is left alive who knows the plot. BOTTOM LINE: This is the definitive work on the Kennedy assassination and worth reading whether you believe Oswald did it or not.

posted by BrianIndianFan on October 27, 2013

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4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

Circular logic

I was very disappointed by Posner¿s Case Closed. I would have welcomed a well argued book supporting the single-gunner theory of the Kennedy assassination. Unfortunately, despite its many favorable reviews and the author¿s claims to greater significance, the book is lit...
I was very disappointed by Posner¿s Case Closed. I would have welcomed a well argued book supporting the single-gunner theory of the Kennedy assassination. Unfortunately, despite its many favorable reviews and the author¿s claims to greater significance, the book is little more than one more overwritten, chronological condensation of The Warren Commission report. Although it has a long bibliography, the attentive reader (I guess that most of the reviewers were not) cannot help but notice that virtually all of the footnotes cite ¿factual¿ evidence from The Warren Commission report itself. The author, who claims to have a law degree, has a serious problem with circular logic. The many conspiracy theories, which in their totality comprise a rejection of the official explanation of the assassination as presented in The Warren Commission Report, cannot be refuted with evidence taken the very Warren Commission Report they take issue with! Given this basic flaw in the book, the author¿s ridicule of many conspiracy theory advocates as people out to make a quick buck, is really a case of the pot calling the kettle black. His habit of lumping all conspiracy theory proponents together is also quite annoying. The book is full of strange contradictions and omissions, too. He correctly notes that witnesses are notoriously unreliable, casually dismissing virtually all witnesses supporting alternative views of the killing as misguided, mistaken or dishonest, and then proceeds to devote at least half of this book to the testimony of innumerable Warren Commission witnesses. Even though the author has virtually no experience or knowledge of organized crime in the US, he dismisses any possible mafia involvement in the killing, based, once again, on what many would legitimately call questionable FBI testimony. This is especially curious, because this is testimony from agents working under the intense scrutiny of a man who repeatedly and enthusiastically for most of his life denied the existence of organized crime in the United States, J. Edgar Hoover. In what is my favorite quote in the book, Posner shows that the mafia could never have been involved in the assassination, by referring to the WC testimony of a long-time FBI agent. ¿They don¿t ¿ go after judges, they don¿t go after FBI agents or cops¿they will only go after those people when they have stolen money from them and double-crossed them.¿ A more succinct argument for mafia involvement could hardly be made. After all we now know that the mafia heavily funded the Kennedy election campaign, only to become the target of an intense Justice Department crackdown. It is not surprising that the book is full of the very contradictions that gave rise to the alternative theories to the WC Report, since it relies so heavily upon it. Over a third of the book is devoted to an extremely tedious and detailed version of Oswald¿s life, starting with his birth, based entirely on WC materials, too. I think Posner also inadvertently highlighted the glaring weakness and implausibility of the ¿rear-entry¿ theory of the fatal shot, by pointing out how dozens of expert trauma doctors in the Dallas emergency room were too busy attending to the President¿s small throat wound to notice that the right front forehead of a patient (who was lying on his back) was missing. At least, that is the explanation presented in the WC Report and repeated in this book. In fact, we now know that all the doctors described the President as having an enormous exit wound toward the right, rear of his head. Since most of Posner¿s ¿original¿ research is based upon reports in the media, it is only fair to point out that recent media efforts have uncovered important documents in the confidential archives of the Warren Commission that directly refute the Commission¿s version of the doctors¿ testimony and which raise serious doubts about the Commission¿s objectivity and the sustainability of the single-shooter theory.

posted by Anonymous on December 28, 2003

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2004

    Same old cover up.

    Any thinking person who has seen the Zapruder film which clearly shows the motion of Kennedy's body being thrown back and to the left into Jackie could ever think that the death shot came from the rear. Apparently Mr Posner does not clearly understand simple physics.

    2 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2013

    Very misleading. Ignorant of many of the basics in ballistics an

    Very misleading. Ignorant of many of the basics in ballistics and trajectory. Impossible conclusion given the numerous accounts rendered by eye-witnesses as to where the shots were fired from. This "book" was written to please either the ignorant, or to please the establishment. Don't do as I did, don't waste you valuable time reading this swill. Big mistake. Thank God it was a gift. So glad I didn't pay for it.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2003

    does not close the case

    This book does not look deep enough into the assasination. I have read both sides of the story, and I have to say that i cannot understand how anyone could not see the obvious conspiracy. As horrible as the film is to watch, it is extremely important in clearing any doubts. His head clearly moves back and to the left. Now, there is a large amount of other evidence supporting the conspiracy theory, but in actuality, all you need to know is that his head did not move forward and all questions are answered. I'd love to hear a reasonable explanation for this; I have yet to hear one. Garrison is a remarkable man- he has the courage to come out and state what he believes is true, knowing so many people will oppose him. It makes me sick to know that there are still people leading our country who know exactly what happened that day, but will not come out with it.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2003

    Are you kidding me?

    Lee Harvey Oswald couldn't not have been the lone assassin, not a chance. I can tell that by watching the Zapruder film. It is EXTREMELY evident that the President was shot from the front. Why else would his head jolt backwards? I do not believe, nor will I ever be convinced that Lee Harvey Oswald was the lone assassin of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy.

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  • Posted November 21, 2013

    One of the biggest fraudulent accounts ever written regarding th

    One of the biggest fraudulent accounts ever written regarding the JFK assassination.

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