The JFK Assassination

The JFK Assassination

by James DiEugenio, Oliver Stone

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In this updated and revised edition, James DiEugenio dissects the new Oscar-nominated film, The Post, and how it disingenuously represents the Pentagon Papers saga, to the detriment of the true heroes of the operation. The story of the film stems from the failed attempt of Academy Award–winning actor Tom Hanks and producer Gary Goetzman to make Vincent Bugliosi’s mammoth book about the Kennedy assassination, Reclaiming History, into a miniseries. He 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.

JFK: The Evidence Today lists the myriad problems with Bugliosi’s book and explores the cooperation of the mainstream press in concealing many facts during the publicity campaign for the book and how this lack of scrutiny led Hanks and Goetzman—cofounders of the production company Playtone—to purchase the film rights. DiEugenio then shows how the failed film adapted from that book, entitled Parkland, does not resemble Bugliosi’s book and examines why.

This book reveals the connections between Washington and Hollywood, as well as the CIA influence in the film community today. It includes an extended look at the little-known aspects of the lives and careers of Bugliosi, Hanks, and Goetzman. JFK: The Evidence Today sheds light on the Kennedy assassination, New Hollywood, and political influence on media in America.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781510739840
Publisher: Skyhorse
Publication date: 05/01/2018
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 552
Sales rank: 1,148,195
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

James DiEugenio is cofounder of two organizations, the Citizens for Truth about the Kennedy Assassination and the Coalition on Political Assassinations. He is coeditor of The Assassinations, a book on the deaths of JFK, Martin Luther King Jr., Robert Kennedy, and Malcolm X.

Oliver Stone is the Academy-Award winning director of Platoon. Stone also directed a political trilogy on American presidents that included JFK, Nixon, and W.
Academy Award-winning Oliver Stone has written and directed over 25 feature films and 6 documentaries, among them some of the most influential and iconic films of the last decades. Some have been at deep odds with conventional myth— films such as Platoon, Born on the Fourth of July, JFK, Natural Born Killers, Nixon, and Untold History of the United States.

Table of Contents

Foreword ix

Introduction xii

Part 1 How a Calamity Befell Us

1 The Prosecutor 3

2 The Producers 36

3 You Call This a Trial? 49

Part 2 Exposing Reclaiming History

4 On First Encountering Reclaiming History 73

5 Oswald's Defense 88

6 Bugliosi on the Zapruder Film and the Autopsy 130

7 Bugliosi vs. Garrison and Stone 170

8 Bugliosi on the First Forty-Eight Hours 195

9 Bugliosi and the FBI 233

10 Chicago and Mexico City 271

11 Bugliosi Hearts the Warren Commission 307

12 The DA Acquits Everyone 342

Part 3 From Reclaiming History to Parkland, and Beyond

13 Hanks as Historian: A Case Study 379

14 Where Washington Meets Hollywood 392

15 Playtone and Parkland 414

16 Hanks, Spielberg, and the Pentagon Papers 428

Afterword 450

Acknowledgments 459

Notes 460

Bibliography 503

Index 508

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