The Zapruder Film

The Zapruder Film : Reframing Jfk's Assassination

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It is the most famous home movie of all time, the most closely analysed 26 seconds of film ever shot, and the most disturbing visual record of what many have called ""the crime of the century"". In 486 frames - a mere six feet of celluloid - Abraham Zapruder's iconic film captures from, beginning to end, the murder of President John F. Kennedy in broad daylight. The film has become almost synonymous with the assassination itself and has generated decades of debate among conspiracy theorists and defenders of the Warren Comission's offical report. David Wrone, one of America's foremost authorities on the assassination, re-examines Zaproder's film with a fresh eye and a detailed knowledge of the forensic evidence. He traces the film's 40-year history, fom its creation through its initial sale to ""Life"" magazine, analysis by the Warren Commission and legal battles over bootleg copies, to its sale to the federal government for 16 million dollars. Wrone's major contribution is to demonstrate how the film itself necessarily refutes the Warren Commission's lone-gunman and single-bullet theory. He asserts that the film provides a scientifically precise timeline of events, as well as crucial clues regarding the shots fired that day. Analysing it frame-by-frame, in relation to other evidence, he builds a convincing case against the official findings. Without speculating who actually shot JFK and why, he concludes that the president's death was the result of a conspiracy.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 400 pages
  • 158.5 x 247.9 x 33.78mm | 775.64g
  • Kansas, United States
  • English
  • New
  • 22 colour photographs, 18 b&w photographs
  • 0700612912
  • 9780700612918
  • 1,260,598

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"An important, valuable, and compelling addition to the literature on the assassination that argues convincingly that the film is both authentic and contains evidence of a conspiracy."--Michael L. Kurtz, author of The JFK Assassination Debates: Lone Gunman versus Conspiracy"Wrone's knowledge of the assassination's complex and daunting evidentiary base is unparalleled."--James H. Lesar, founder and president of the Assassination Archives and Research Center

"The vivid images captured by the Zapruder film are eminently recognizable, perhaps more so than any other film footage ever captured, so much so that anyone who reflects on JFK's assassination quite likely does so from Abraham Zapruder's vantage point."--Walter E. Dellinger III, Maggs Professor of Law at Duke University and former Solicitor General of the United States ". . . clearly written and accessible to a wide audience. It will be useful to students of American society, particularly in the fields of criminology and law, sociology, political science, and history."--Critical Criminology"Wrone has provided a stimulating, clearly written, and well-researched study of an issue that may never be satisfactorily resolved."--Journal of Southern History

"One of the most sober JFK assassination books of 2003 or any other year. . . . Wrone seems to be without an ideologically motivated agenda. He seems interested only in finding and presenting the evidence responsibly. . . . Of all the Zapruder film analyses I have read, Wrone's is the most lucid for a nonexpert, and the calmest in tone."--Cleveland Plain Dealer

"Future assassination researchers will consult this fascinating history of the indelible Zapruder film. Strongly recommended."--Library Journal

"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. . . . Strongly recommended."--Library Journal

"A stimulating, clearly written, and well-researched study."--Journal of Southern History
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