Friday, 11 October 2013 21:26

Parkland

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The sum total of the film is so limp, banal, and uninspired that, one really has to ask: Why did Landesman take this on in the first place? But further, why did Hanks go through with it on the big screen? Something like this was more cozily housed on cable TV. That's how reductive of a gigantic subject this film is, writes Philip Sheridan.

Tuesday, 29 October 2013 21:17

James DiEugenio, Reclaiming Parkland

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Jim DiEugenio's second book on the JFK assassination, which takes Bugliosi's pretentious and inflated bag of obfuscation as its framework for dismantling the Warren Commission, the Clark Panel, and the HSCA, and for further revealing how beholden the film and TV industry has become to Washington in general and to the CIA in particular.  A masterful dissection of a rotting corpse, and the rightful heir to Accessories after the Fact. [Al Rossi]

Friday, 27 December 2013 20:35

Larry Sabato, The Kennedy Half Century

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Except for where he notes some of the problems with the JFK assassination's evidentiary record, this book is pretty much not just without distinction, but so agenda driven as to be misleading. On the 50th anniversary of Kennedy's murder, we needed a lot better, writes Jim DiEugenio.

Wednesday, 16 October 2013 20:12

Jesse Ventura, They Killed our President

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This book may well represent the high point of Jesse's legacy ... We can all be thankful of the fact that he felt compelled to commit his power and influence toward noble causes, rather than sell his soul to the highest bidder, like so many others have, writes Frank Cassano.

Monday, 29 November 2010 19:58

Gordon Goldstein, Lessons in Disaster

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Although [Bundy] thought [Halberstam's The Best and the Brightest] was an entertaining and informative read, he concluded that the central thesis was just wrong. It was not the advisers—the best and brightest—who did the staff work who got us into the Vietnam War. It was the difference in the men who occupied the Oval Office. It was the difference between Kennedy and Johnson, writes Jim DiEugenio.

Monday, 29 November 2010 19:45

James Blight, Virtual JFK (Part 2)

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The book is well worth buying. In my view, it closes the chapter on a debate that has been going on since 1992. As shown here, it's a debate that should have never started, concludes Jim DiEugenio.

Monday, 29 November 2010 19:38

James Blight, Virtual JFK (Part 1)

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I actually wish the film had been longer so it could incorporate more of [the] facts and more of the revelations of the Assassination Records Review Board, since these all but closed the book on this ersatz debate about JFK and Vietnam, writes Jim DiEugenio.

There is an almost pathological use of conditionals; may have, perhaps, could have, if, etc. Conversely, there is an overabundance of hackneyed declaratives where conditionals should have been used, as well as an over-reliance on unnamed sources. And yet this dogged pursuit and elucidation of the documentary record is supposed to be the sine qua non of these two books, writes Bill Davy.

Saturday, 29 March 2014 19:10

Dale Myers, With Malice (Part 2)

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The second and concluding installment of a long and detailed critique of Myer's arguments for Oswald's culpability in the Tippit murder.

Sunday, 09 March 2014 19:00

Dale Myers, With Malice (Part 1)

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The first installment of a long and detailed critique of Myer's arguments for Oswald's culpability in the Tippit murder.

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