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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.
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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.
©2013 James DiEugenio (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
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4 out of 5 stars
By Mark Lynch on 02-05-17

Comprehensive Vincent Bugliosi takedown

With this book Jim DiEuginio has produced a fantastically well researched and documented rebuttal to Vincent Bugliosi's book Reclaiming History. Poor old Mr Bugliosi really doesn't stand much of a chance once Mr DiEuginio's gets going delivering one literary broadside after another. Mr Bugliosi's book and the Warren Commissions fiction are brutally torn to pieces. In the process we learn some quite astonishing details about the JFK assassination. This is a very good and well narrated book from one of the leading JFK researchers.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Diane Creel on 16-04-14

Illuminating!

Where does Reclaiming Parkland rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I am a huge fan of James DiEugenio's writing and as such this was another enjoyable book.

What other book might you compare Reclaiming Parkland to, and why?

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.

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

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.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

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.

Any additional comments?

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.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Peter on 29-12-14

Truth and Accountability Come A Knocking

What did you love best about Reclaiming Parkland?

The depth of research and documentation.

What other book might you compare Reclaiming Parkland to and why?

Sylvia Meagher's book "Accessories After the Fact" because of the competent research and documentation.

What about Brian Troxell’s performance did you like?

Clear without preachy intonation. Good pronunciation and almost errorless.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

No- - -the book is full of astounding facts which refute Vincent Bugliosi's myopic quest to validate fraud.

Any additional comments?

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.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Tom Fairlie on 15-04-15

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.

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