In Reclaiming Parkland: Tom Hanks, Vincent Bugliosi, and the JFK Assassination in the New Hollywood, James DiEugenio looks at the John F. Kennedy assassination through the lens of Hollywood.
Voiced with urgency by Brian Troxell, Reclaiming Parkland is a takedown of Reclaiming History, Vincent Bugliosi's defense of the Warren Commission report and Tom Hanks' attempt to dramatize it as a feature film. In his polemic, he painstakingly attacks the claims made in Bugliosi's volume.
Troxell uses a full voice and brusque delivery, particularly in passages of scene, for this book that will delight conspiracy seekers.
Reclaiming Parkland details the failed attempt of Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman - cofounder of the production company Playtone - to 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 Goetzman - including 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 audiobook that delves into the Kennedy assassination, the New Hollywood, and the political influence on how films are made today.
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I am a huge fan of James DiEugenio's writing and as such this was another enjoyable book.
I'd compare it to 'You'll Never Eat Lunch in this Town Again' by Julia Phillips - her account of her career as a film producer.
Some books sound as if they're being read and some books sound as though the author himself is telling the story (sometimes they are): this book falls into the latter category.
I did not have an emotional reaction to the book as I know the story somewhat well, having now listened to or read a number of books on the subject. It did not make me laugh or cry but it did make me feel somewhat disillusioned with those who have a lot of power.
Great book. The narrator did a super job and he had me entertained to the very last word. This is a book I will listen to at least a half dozen times again.
"Truth and Accountability Come A Knocking"
The depth of research and documentation.
Sylvia Meagher's book "Accessories After the Fact" because of the competent research and documentation.
Clear without preachy intonation. Good pronunciation and almost errorless.
No- - -the book is full of astounding facts which refute Vincent Bugliosi's myopic quest to validate fraud.
This book effectively demonstrates that "Reclaiming History" was a fraudulent attempt to validate an earlier (Warren Commission) fraud. "Reclaiming Parkland" uses much of the information gained from 2-million new pages of evidence the Assassinations Record Review Board (ARRB) released, which previously had been obfuscated by "authorities" in an effort to seal the deal for Johnson, Dulles, Ford, McCLoy, Hoover and a host of others who benefitted by JFK (and Bobby) being neutralized. This book adds to the massive weight of evidence, which has been suspected by most, shouted by many and ignored by those in a position to reveal the truth and, just perhaps, restore what was lost after JFK was forever stilled.
There are books with modern science applied to old evidence. Sherry Fiester's book "Enemy of the Truth" is one. Vince Palamara's "Survivor's Guilt" and Gayle Nix Jackson's "Orville Nix; the Missing JFK Assassination Film" are two other fine works, hopefully coming to Audible soon, which are more than worthy of reading.
One which is available here is "JFK And The Unspeakable" by James W. Douglass. This is a must read for all Americans who want hope of a better future and some truth about the reasons JFK was dispensed with.
"The CIA in Hollywood is worth the price alone"
I loved the thoroughly documented facts presented in this book, as well as learning the hidden history of our country and its military apparatus.
Though there are many characters, Allen Dulles, Vincent Bugliosi, Tom Hanks and others, I can't say that any of them are my favorite because they each contribute to a false perception of American History that has ultimately damaged our country.
He makes it easier to take in the information which can be otherwise very dry in text form. It's just easier to hear someone speaking to you.
Having known a lot of this information beforehand, I wasn't shocked by anything but the information about the CIA's infiltration into Hollywood was particularly disheartening for the future of cinema and television.
Jim DiEuginio delivers another fantastically researched and documented take down of the 'Lone gunman" myth as presented by the Warren Commission and Vincent Bugliosi's book Reclaiming History. While a large part of this book focuses on Bugliosi's massive tome of disinformation and barely researched half truths, some of the most interesting sections of this book are about the CIA's influence on Hollywood, especially since the release of Oliver Stone's JFK. Considering how important it is for a supposedly free country to have an artistic medium which criticizes and inspires careful reflection of authority and misguided policies it's particularly disturbing just how controlled the Hollywood scene is. The author discusses four important people in the recent shaping of American History in film and television, Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg, Chase Brandon and Phil Strub. The first two we all recognize, the latter two were fascinating if not obscure characters to learn about, for they are direct military liaisons between the West Coast and the military establishment. These two men have the single handed ability to shape scripts and even completed movies if they believe it in any way portrays the military in a negative light, even if the subject presented is 100% true. They can withhold military resources used for filming, which could potentially skyrocket the budget of a film and thus make it harder for a director to present their vision. An example would be 13 Days, about the Cuban Missile Crisis. The author does an excellent job of exposing this shady influence in what I would only classify as the slickest form of propaganda I've yet seen from the military establishment. This book is further proof that we as artists and creators need to keep challenging the status quo and to bring to light the uncomfortable truths of our own history, because right now we are suffering from ignorance. This is a relatively small part of the book but, in my opinion, is the single best reason to get it because of how important it is. DiEuginio is a class act and this work is further proof of it.
"Excellent book on the eternal JFK cover-up"
Destiny Betrayed (2nd Ed.) was James DiEugenio's excellent macro-level view of the JFK assassination. This book is more of the micro-level view, and goes into great detail to explain how and why Hollywood and its DC friends continue the cover-up to this day. The narrator also does a superb job.
"Immune to MSM Brainwashing"
DiEugenio hurdles an Everest of misinformation, disinformation, deceit and outright lies surrounding the US coup d'etat which occurred on 11/22/1963.
Hollywood's gift wrapping of war, the NFL's "paid patriotism" and cynical corporate "support our troops" sponsorship is so entrenched that it is essentially invisible.
DiEugenio’s Reclaiming Heartland answers Bugliosi’s Reclaiming History point by point and anyone who has read Bugliosi owes it to themselves to read DiEugenio’s rebuttal before reaching any conclusions. Reclaiming Heartland is not a quick read, but the time and concentration it demands are amply rewarded. The book assumes a reasonable amount of fore-knowledge of the main events and principal characters. None of this is easy because even the smallest details associated with the JFK assassination are contested – the only undisputed facts seem to be who was assassinated, when and where. The how and the why and who pulled the trigger/s may never be known, mired as they are in unaccountable and unscrupulous individuals and organisations, dirty deals, vested interests, diverse agendas, big money, lies, cover-ups, silences, and witnesses taking their secrets to the grave. Still, as documents become available with the passing of time, and some are willing to speak many decades after the event, some facts emerge clearly from the vast web of disinformation. Anyone interested in the world around them and who actually runs it would be better off spending some of their spare time reading this book rather than absorbing Hollywood propaganda. On second thoughts, don’t wait until you have spare time, make time for this essential book.
Great book. Intensive research. Has really made me think about how we as a public have been brain washed. Thanks
"A Summary of an Anti-American Radical"
Starting with the assassination of President Kennedy, America is in rapid decline according to this author. However, I wonder how something can be in decline when it was never great according to DiEugenio. I disliked the entire philosophy thrown on these pages. I wish I never made this purchase and do not recommend the book.
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