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Best Evidence [Mass Market Paperback]

David Lifton
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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and Credible Sept. 15 2001
By apoem
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I have read many of the JFK Conspiracy Theory books that are out there. This one lives up to it's title.
Lifton's theory is that wounds were altered between Dallas and Bethesda. He provides credible proof that this could have happened. The pictures in this book only enhance the text and help to clarify the proof he offers.
There are many theories floating around in book form regarding the murder of JFK. This is one theory. However,I find this to be a believable theory. I believe this theory offers a good explanation of the events, particularly the discrepencies in the autopsy photographs. Rather than including everyone that had anything to do with JFK in a cover up, Lifton limits the number of people he includes. This makes it that much more believable in my opinion. (Too many people involved in a cover up and it's no longer a secret right?!) I particularly appreciated the fact that there were new to me pictures included in this book.
I would suggest that for people who are interested in studying the JFK assassination, this book is one that they should read.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting! Accurate? June 29 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Like many others, I have read the Lifton text. While I find many theories interesting, I'm troubled by the lack of "best evidence" when it comes to the surgical alteration of wounds. When and where did this occur? It was my understanding that Jackie Kennedy accompanied the casket from Dallas to Washington. Still, I do not consider Lifton "one of those radical conspiracy theorists". He makes some logical deductions which should inspire further in-depth investigation. To conclude, I was troubled in 1963 and I remain troubled in the year 2000. To believe a lone gunman killed JFK is simply absurd. The film of the assassination speaks volumes. JFK was shot from the front and not the rear. The "single bullet theory" is laughable and is accepted only by those not well versed in ballistics and the basic principles of physics. Strange isn't it? A total of 37 years have passed since this tragic event and the cover-up continues. Will the American people ever know the truth of what happened on that dismal and unforgettable November day?
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4.0 out of 5 stars The most credible theory I have read so far Jan. 11 2000
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I found Lifton's book both fascinating and enlightening. Never before have I found such dedicated and in-depth study of the actual documented evidence without hint of hysteria or paranoia. The trouble with films like 'JFK' based on the work of theorists life Grodin, is that, for all it's grassy-knoll witnesses and government sources, it simply is too lazy or credulous to look at the medical evidence. In one of his books, Grodin dimisses the pre-autopsy surgery theory out of hand. He would rather think that the autopsy doctors were all in on the conspiracy, so he doesn't have to explain certain discrepancies in his theory. Like the back wound. And the missing brain. Such "Dealey Plaza-based" reconstructions soon fall apart after investigation and bring ridicule on conspiracy believers. Not so Lifton's work. Every statement is backed up by substantiated and credible evidence. His clear, analytical thinking is one thing rare in many similar books which recycle old theories with their circular logic. Lifton's lifelong commitment to this subject shows through his exhaustive research.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Conspiracy of Logic Oct. 21 1999
By Simon
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They say truth is stranger than fiction. People often ask whether David Lifton is in touch with reality? Or is he intricately locked in a nightmare from which he never awoke? For my part, this is a genuine soul search. Lifton didn't gravitate in blind fury towards conspiracy. He didn't suspect vast numbers of people of deliberately hiding the truth. Whatever you think of his thesis, "Best Evidence" is saturated in analysis and held together by relentless logic. For me this makes his theory incredible. It also makes it impossible to dismiss. Suppose, if you will, that Oswald was the sole killer of JFK. In that case Lifton is totally wrong and his book is grotesque fiction. But it remains logical. His logic is just based on a false premise (to use his own language). For me the question is: are any of his crucial premises false? Lifton's conlusion is fantastic. But consider the alternative. For Lifton to be wrong, all the Parkland Hospital doctors and nurses, who originally attended Kennedy, collectively misperceived or falsely described what they saw. Or if they didn't, then all the Bethesda autopsy witnesses did. Lifton doesn't pull this testimony out of thin air. It's on the record. Lifton accounts for all of it in a way few other authors have done. Most critics on the subject rely on discrediting witnesses, usually on a large scale. The same problem applies to defenders of the Warren Report. The point about David Lifton is that he doesn't discredit. He explains. His explanation is outrageous, bizare and even absurd. Logic can be like that at times.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Dishonest, and simply false Sept. 18 1999
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I read "Best Evidence" when it first came out, and I too was impressed. Since that time, however, Lifton'e entire thesis has been completely demolished, and he lacks the integrity to acknowledge it. The total basis for his theory is that the the appearance of Kennedy's body in Washington DC, after the trip from Dallas, conflicted with the descriptions written by the Dallas doctors who had seen the body originally. CBS News (I believe it was them), years later, tested his thesis by showing the pictures of Kennedy's body, taken in Washington, to the Dallas doctors who had seen it originally. Without exception, every one of the doctors confirmed that the appearance of the body in the Washington pictures coincided with what they had seen in Dallas. As a result, the Lifton theory has completely collapsed.
The most important lesson to be learned from the series of events I just described, however, is not the baselessness of Lifton's own theory. Rather, it tells us how dishonest and impervious to facts the conspiracy theorists are. They are emotionally wedded to their insistence that Kennedy was killed by a conspiracy, and their emotional faith is much stronger than their personal integrity or their ability to reason. Lifton is just one of them, but you will never find a single believer in the "a conspiracy killed JFK" nonsense who is willing to confront ALL the evidence. In every case, when one of these paranoid rabble-rousers is confronted with ALL the facts, you will find that he evades, lies, or hysterically insists that the facts which he doesn't like are just the product of the same conspiracy whose existence he has been unable to demonstrate.
The damage done by people like Lifton goes beyond the issue of "Who killed JFK?
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1.0 out of 5 stars Consider the Source...
This is the same David Lifton who, in the 1960's, asserted that artificial scenery had been secretly constructed and placed at Dealey Plaza before the assassination, and then was... Read more
Published on Jan. 16 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Still One of the Best 11-22-63 Books Out There
Mr. Lifton's 15-year odyssey before Best Evidence was published in 1981 is an amazing story in itself. Read more
Published on Nov. 30 2003 by Pete Zerria
3.0 out of 5 stars A very interesting book, but does not prove theory.
Overall, the book makes a lot of very interesting points concerning the medical evidence and the JFK autopsy. Read more
Published on Oct. 10 1999
1.0 out of 5 stars The biggest "hole" in this book is in his logic.
David Lifton demonstrates what happens when non-historians attempt to write history: confusion and irrational conclusions. Read more
Published on Aug. 16 1999 by Steve Anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars Honest and forthright
This is the first book I've read on this subject, and I was anticipating it to be a one-sided shout of conspiracy. But Mr. Lifton treats his readers intelligently and honestly. Read more
Published on Aug. 3 1999
2.0 out of 5 stars Most Incredible Theory Ever
Lifton's book is one of the strangest I've read. In part, it is very confusing and does not appear to "connect all the dots" about how and when all the physical evidence... Read more
Published on May 19 1999
1.0 out of 5 stars Lifton is nuts
This book is garbage for the simple fact that Kennedy's body was NEVER left alone. Not for a second. Anyone who believes this book is in need of a mental evaluation.
Published on May 2 1999
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