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The Zapruder film : reframing JFK's assassination /
David R. Wrone.
Lawrence, Kan. : University Press of Kansas, c2003.
x, 368 p.
0700612912 (alk. paper)
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Lawrence, Kan. : University Press of Kansas, c2003.
0700612912 (alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Library Journal on 2003-11-01:
The assassination of President Kennedy 40 years ago this month jolted Americans into the realization that their country would never be the same, says Wrone. This history of the 26-second Zapruder film and its role in the criminal investigation argues forcefully that Kennedy was shot by more than one person, none of whom was Lee Harvey Oswald. Wrone is neither a Warren Commission defender nor an outlandish conspiracy theorist but a careful historian who presents a strong case that the Warren Commission hastily and wrongly concluded that Oswald murdered Kennedy and that a single "magic bullet" shot both the President and Texas governor John Connally. Wrone calls Gerald Posner's influential 1993 Case Closed "one of the most error-ridden works on the assassination" but also condemns conspiracy enthusiasts like Oliver Stone for offering such shoddy speculations that the government and mainstream media often treat the work of serious assassination researchers as screeds bordering on the paranoid. Future assassination researchers will consult this fascinating history of the indelible Zapruder film. Strongly recommended for academic and most public libraries. While Lubin (art, Wake Forest Univ.) also makes some interesting comments about the Zapruder film, which he calls "a political thriller," his book offers only cursory comments about the assassination itself. Instead, he provides a series of provocative essays about how perceptions of the Kennedys have become part of our national memory. Lubin's spirited and gracefully written essays demonstrate that John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Kennedy became such dominant personalities because the public associated them with enduring themes of classical and popular culture. For example, the Kennedys, viewed as classic defenders of the poor, and The Beverly Hillbillies, the most popular TV show of 1963, were both known for poking fun at the rich. In addition, the macho image that Kennedy cultivated was enhanced by his reading Ian Fleming's best-selling James Bond novels. Following the death of the President, the Camelot myth of noble leadership and the protection of all subjects was readily accepted by a grieving nation. As Lubin shows, this myth was already ingrained in American culture, and he skillfully relates how Kennedy used it to stir the populace and create his own iconography. He also explains why these myths, reinforced by both ancient and contemporary images, remain vibrant. Strongly recommended for academic and larger public libraries. "Mr. President, you certainly can't say that Dallas doesn't love you!" These were the famously innocent last words that Nellie Connally, wife of the Texas governor, uttered to Kennedy seconds before he was killed. In a voice that is both forthright and personable, she presents her recollections of the momentous events of November 22, 1963, based on notes written shortly after the assassination but lost and not rediscovered until 1996. Nellie Connally is the last surviving dignitary who rode in that fateful presidential limo, and this memoir shows how the events of this national trauma personally affected her and the three Connally children. The reader shares her anger at seeing Lee Harvey Oswald receiving excellent medical treatment in the same hospital where President Kennedy was pronounced dead and where her husband almost died from an assassin's bullet. The three Connally children tell how they were pulled out of school that day, while rumors swirled that their wounded father was already dead. This unique account tells how Nellie Connally coped with the long recovery of her husband and how the Connally family lost its sense of security as a result of the assassination. This well-illustrated memoir by a witness to history is recommended for public libraries.-Karl Helicher, Upper Merion Twp. Lib., King of Prussia, PA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Appeared in Publishers Weekly on 2003-10-06:
The famous Zapruder film of the Kennedy assassination lasts a grand total of 26 seconds. In this 400-page book, Wrone (professor emeritus of history at the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point) dissects Zapruder's footage frame by frame, only to end up restating at length the well-worn argument, expressed much more succinctly in scores of other publications, that the film shows shots fired from three different angles, none of them correlating with Lee Harvey Oswald's perch at the Texas Book Depository. While Wrone's exhaustive consideration of the film itself quickly becomes tedious, he provides a few chapters that tell some intriguing stories, such as Zapruder's early actions in the initial hours after the assassination (when he first realized he possessed a valuable "property"), the several subsequent court fights over ownership in various sections of the film and the tangled history of the U.S. government's acquisition, decades after the event, of the film. Wrone also chronicles the various ways in which the film has been used and abused by both adherents and critics of the Warren Commission and summarizes the theory, advanced by the commission's more crackpot critics, that Zapruder's footage has been altered in order to eliminate the most damning evidence of conspiracy. Aside from these anecdotes, however, there is nothing new here, just reiteration of the scathing criticisms of the Warren Commission's conclusions. Wrone's book will appeal to only the most die-hard and detail-driven assassination buffs, though these findings by a sober historian may draw attention as we mark the 40th anniversary of the assassination. 40 photos, 22 in color. (Nov. 22) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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Bowker Data Service Summary
Analysing Abraham Zapruder's iconic film frame-by-frame, David Wrone builds a convincing case against the official findings of the crime of the century - the assassination of JFK.
Unpaid Annotation
David Wrone, one of the nation's foremost authorities on the JFK assassination, reexamines Zapruder's film with a fresh eye and a deep knowledge of the forensic evidence.
Table of Contents
Introductionp. 1
The Film
Abraham Zapruder Films the Assassinationp. 9
Development and Sale of the Filmp. 20
The Filmp. 38
The Film and Private Ownership of American History
Ownership, Copyright, and the Zapruder Film, 1963-1975p. 51
Control and Profits, 1975-1997p. 67
The Film and the Struggle for Access
Profits First: Time Inc. Sues Bernard Geis Associates for Theft and Misuse of Its Zapruder Framesp. 77
A Student, a Scholar, and the Zapruder Film: Gerard A. Selby Jr. and Harold Weisberg versus Henry G. Zapruder et alp. 85
Theorists and the Zapruder Film
Prisoners of Preconception: Conspiracy Theorists, Warren Commission Defenders, and the Zapruder Filmp. 97
Altered Evidence, Altered States: An Introduction to Those Who Claim the Film Was Alteredp. 121
The Film and the Evidentiary Base
Official Federal Policy: Do Not Investigatep. 141
The Man in the Doorwayp. 167
The Head Shot and Zapruder Frames 337 and 338p. 181
Photographic Proof of Conspiracy: Zapruder Frame 202p. 189
A Command Appearance: Jim Garrison, Zapruder, and Zapruder's Filmp. 199
The Film and the Single-Bullet Theory
Official Allegation: A Single Bullet Explains All Seven Nonfatal Woundsp. 209
Official Evidence: The Seven Nonfatal Woundsp. 233
The Struggle to Free the Film
Federal Purchase: The Government and the Zapruder Film, 1963-2000p. 255
Epilogue: The Zapruder Film and American Historyp. 277
App.: Documentsp. 279
Notesp. 295
Selected Bibliographyp. 339
Indexp. 351
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