Reclaiming History: The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy

By Vincent Bugliosi | W.W. Norton | $49.95 | 1,612 pages | 2007

Should you read this expensive book that weighs 5 pounds? Probably so, but I have an alternative solution.

Order the abridged audio version read by Edward Herrman from Simon & Schuster. It will also cost you $49.95, and the compact discs run for 18 hours. But Mr. Hermann is a good reader and the abridgement is prudent.

Former prosecutor (Helter Skelter) Bugliosi obliterates every single one of the conspiracy theories. The truth is that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone and fired three shots. The first shot missed, the second wounded Kennedy and Connelly, and the third blew out our President's brain.

Where were you on Friday, Nov. 22, 1963? Cynthia and I were en route from Infantry School in Georgia to JAG School in Virginia. We detoured to the Blue Ridge Parkway and perhaps were the last two Americans to know of the tragedy.

This is a classic book. You should read it, listen to it, or both.