DiEugenio is cofounder of two organizations, the Citizens for Truth about the Kennedy
Assassination and the Coalition on Political Assassinations. He was coeditor of
The Assassinations, a book on the deaths of JFK, Martin Luther King Jr., Robert Kennedy,
and Malcolm X.
Reclaiming Parkland: Tom Hanks, Vincent Bugliosi, and the JFK Assassination in the New Hollywoodby James DiEugenio
Reclaiming Parkland details the failed attempt of Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzmancofounder of the production company Playtoneto make Vincent Bugliosi’s mammoth book about the Kennedy assassination, Reclaiming History, into a miniseries. It exposes the questionable origins of Reclaiming History in a dubious mock trial for cable/i>/i>/i>
Reclaiming Parkland details the failed attempt of Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzmancofounder of the production company Playtoneto make Vincent Bugliosi’s mammoth book about the Kennedy assassination, Reclaiming History, into a miniseries. It exposes the questionable origins of Reclaiming History in a dubious mock trial for cable television, in which Bugliosi played the role of an attorney prosecuting Lee Harvey Oswald for murder, and how this formed the basis for the epic tome. Author James DiEugenio details the myriad problems with Bugliosi’s book, and explores the cooperation of the mainstream press in concealing these many faults during the publicity campaign for the book and how this lack of scrutiny led Hanks and Goetzman to purchase the film rights. DiEugenio then shows how the film eventually adapted from that book, entitled Parkland, does not even resemble Reclaiming History, though the script for that film displays the same imbalance that Reclaiming History does.
Reclaiming Parkland also includes extended looks at the little-known aspects of the lives and careers of Bugliosi, Hanks, and Goetzmanincluding Bugliosi’s three attempts at political office and a review of the Tate-LaBianca murders in the light of today’s knowledge of that case. DiEugenio also looks at the connections between Washington and Hollywood, as well as the CIA influence in the film colony today. Reclaiming Parkland is a truly unique book that delves into the Kennedy assassination, the New Hollywood, and the political influence on how films are made today.
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An excellent rebuttal to a massive tome that had been marketed as the book to silence all Warren Commission critics, Reclaiming History by Vincent Bugliosi. For those not in the know, Bugliosi is most famous for trying Charles Manson in the Tate / LaBianca murder case and owes his fame to the sensationalism of that particular episode. In the years since, Bugliosi has been the go-to commentator in the mainstream media in regards to matters of law and legal proceedings in national cases or controversial rulings, such as the Bush v. Gore ruling in the 2000 election. While the knowledgeable author, Mr. DiEuginio gives him due credit for his books about that particular case and others, he does a terrific service to history and academia by dismantling the lone gunman fairy-tale that is the main thesis of Reclaiming History. While the chapter by chapter take-down of Bugliosi's 2600 page (including CD) book is spectacular and unrelenting, by far the most interesting part of Reclaiming Parkland is toward the end in which the author discusses the role of the CIA and the military in Hollywood. He gives little known biographies of well known Hollywood Alums such as Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks that allows the reader to understand the mindset of someone who actually still believes in the long discredited Warren Commission when proposing to make a movie on the subject. The history of the movie Parkland is equally fascinating to learn about as it goes from a twelve part mini-series, in the vein of Band of Brothers, to a stalled project with little backing, to it's final anti-climactic, made for TV debut. Listeners of Black Op Radio are no stranger to Jim DiEugino's excellent critiques of the Warren Commission and all who support it bur for the uninitiated it may just make you rethink everything you've ever been told by the government and Television alike. Though, not in the book, excised chapters giving further detail about Bugliosi's and Tom Hanks' background can be found on the publishers website, which I definitely recommend reading. The treatment Jim D. gives to Bugliosi's handling of the Tate / LaBianca case is very much worth it if you truly want ot understand just what kind of person he is and puts a dagger to the over-inflated sensation that is Charles Manson as well as Bugliosi's reputation.