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  • Case Closed

  • Lee Harvey Oswald and the Assassination of JFK
  • By: Gerald Posner
  • Narrated by: Scott Aiello
  • Length: 20 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: History, Americas
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (30 ratings)

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Summary

The assassination of John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963, continues to inspire interest ranging from well-meaning speculation to bizarre conspiracy theories and controversial filmmaking. But in this landmark audiobook, reissued with a new afterword for the 40th anniversary of the assassination, Gerald Posner examines all of the available evidence and reaches the only possible conclusion: Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone.

There was no second gunman on the grassy knoll. The CIA was not involved. And although more than four million pages of documents have been released since Posner first made his case, they have served only to corroborate his findings. Case Closed remains the classic account against which all books about JFK's death must be measured.

©1993, 2003 Gerald L. Posner (P)2015 Audible Inc.

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Follow the Evidence

This is an example of thorough, evidence led journalism. It is a book which starts with the man at the centre of the story, Lee Harvey Oswald. You learn so much about him, it really gives you an idea of his character and his philosophy. The first half of the book is a necessary portrait of man who is otherwise buried and forgotten under a pile of alternative theories regarding the JFK assassination. it is the essential piece of evidence at the heart of the whole tale, which is otherwise miraculously forgotten. It is a wonder that Oliver Stone's movie is the only movie out there! The unadulterated facts are far more fascinating.

If you are looking for answers and would like to know why the well repeated conspiracy stories are really only afloat because of everyone keeps repeating them: listen to this book.

As an aside I had this on my "to read list" for a good couple of years. This book was much more appealing as an audio book as it was handy and gave many hours of interesting listening. I may just read the book too, I certainly will be investigating Mr Posner's other books.

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Very interesting and information

This book really filled in some gaps and answered some questions I still had regarding the JFK assassination. I found it to be well narrated and very informative.

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Well presented in depth case

This book along with Micheal Schermer's book Conspiracy and Conspiracy Theory (what to believe and what not to believe), forced me to grow up a little, with regard to how I form opinions about world events. Arouse your inner sceptic if you dare, don't believe everything you see in the movies.

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well worth listening to

What made the experience of listening to Case Closed the most enjoyable?

it was thoroughly researched and explained

What did you like best about this story?

as a conspiracy theory believer it convinced me that there is no conspiracy ! and so now i can stop wasting any more time with wondering what is going on

What does Scott Aiello bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

fluent speaking and convincing narration

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

no

Any additional comments?

a good addition to your library

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Same conclusion as the Warren Commission

What disappointed you about Case Closed?

Author ignores evidence from credible witnesses.

Has Case Closed put you off other books in this genre?

No not at all

What aspect of Scott Aiello’s performance might you have changed?

Nothing, he is only as good as what he is given to read

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Boredom

Any additional comments?

A re hash of the Warren Commission

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  • D. Allen
  • 09-12-21

Stop Being Fooled

I hear so many people say that they know "facts" that "prove" that the murder of JFK was a conspiracy. Unfortunately, most of these "facts" were gleaned from books written by authors who have no basis for their claims and statements. This book is different. While Vincent Bugliosi's "Reclaiming History" is far more thorough, if you don't have time to listen to that work, this book is your next best book.

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  • John
  • 02-10-21

Case Still Closed!

I read this book a number of years ago and wanted to give it a new listen recently. I agree with Mr. Posner and his evidence 100%. If Oswald had not been killed the evidence in a trial would have been overwhelming and even with his death it still is.

Case Closer Oswald did it. It’s a shame the Stone movie based on Jim Garrison’s lunacy received so much attention and a bigger shame on him for the people he hurt.

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  • Glenn N.
  • 17-09-21

A spot-on analysis

Enjoyed as much as the paperback. Posner destroys all the unfounded conspiracy theories. Solid narration other than some mispronunciations, particularly the name of G. Robert Blakey who was consistently referred to as "Blakely."

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  • MJC
  • 14-08-21

Case Closed, Indeed

I was a conspiracy theorist until I noticed that no major theorist ever presented EVIDENCE. Only questions, innuendo, half-truths and unfair accusations. That, evidence does not make. Then the Zapruder film was scanned and enhanced and slowed down showing EVIDENCE of the headshot being from the rear. So I searched out books that might try to support the Warren Commission’s findings. Case Closed is a phenomenal work and I feel stupid for ever buying Oliver Stone, Jim Garrison and the like. Conspiracy theorists are the best creative writers of our time.

Read (listen to) this book!!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 29-06-20

Unconvincing story line

Doesn't present any new theories on the assassination of the president. Simply attempts to discredit others while not providing his own thesis. If you want to get information on the assassination of President Kennedy then give this book a try, but overall there is not anything of significance in this book not already known.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 13-06-15

Giving the truth - with some attitude

Would you listen to Case Closed again? Why?

This book requires more than one hearing. It has details and information that may take a bit to sink in - especially when it contradicts with the conspiracy "proof" that has bombarded us for generations. The author holds nothing back when he goes through the timeline step by step. Even better - and in sharp contrast to many previous authors - he gives the background and/or personal issues of the witnesses. Unlike many previous authors or theorists on the assassination, Posner does not take each witness report like gospel. He discusses how statements have changed over the years or how photographic evidence counters the human remembrance of the day. He points out where the government made mistakes as well. In addition, he shows how the conspiracy theories have had to be adjusted to fit when new technology allows for a better understanding of the physical evidence.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The author's voice comes through in such a clear fashion - particularly when he shows an amused sarcasm at the wilder theories of the conspiracy followers. The narrator does a wonderful job in his portrayal of the author as well.

Have you listened to any of Scott Aiello’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

While I wanted to listen to this book straight through in one sitting, it wasn't feasible. I would gladly take it on a long drive or plane ride - talk about passing the time with something interesting!

Any additional comments?

If the only background you have of the JFK assassination comes from Oliver Stone's movie JFK? You have to listen to Case Closed.

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  • James Ciotti
  • 10-07-16

Proof Positivs

well documented and researched. It is hard to deny Oswald wasn't the lone assassin after listening to this presentation. Most people cannot fathom a diminutive loser could bring down a person as dynamic as JFK. The sun, the moon and the stars aligned in Dallas that day and created one of the most tragic events in history.

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  • George J.
  • 07-10-15

Great book

Best book I on JFK's murder that I have listen to. The book has a very analytical approach and is entertaining.

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  • Suslik
  • 29-09-21

I'm thoroughly impressed

Amazing research, logical conclusions while successfully recognizing bunk for what it is and extremely well read to boot.

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  • Bee Dooner Farms
  • 05-06-19

Correct, Case Closed!

Finally, something that makes sense.

Just the fact that Oswald started to work at the School Book Depository weeks before the decision was made for the president to come to Dallas, has always been clear evidence of NO CONSPIRACY.

This and the remainder of the facts are very clearly presented.