Vincent Bugliosi, the famous Los Angeles District Attorney best known for his successful prosecution of the Manson Family, was inspired to research the John F. Kennedy assassination after participating in a mock trial presented on Showtime in 1986. The “trial” featured many of the original witnesses, with noted defense attorney Gerry Spence representing Oswald. Shocked at the prevalence of conspiracy theories and the number of people who rejected the evidence of Oswald’s lone guilt, Bugliosi spent the next 20 years researching and writing “Reclaiming History.”

Vincent Bugliosi and Gerry Spence in Showtime’s “On Trial — Lee Harvey Oswald”

What he produced is the definitive summation of the subject. Divided into two major sections…


Contrary to popular belief, Neil Armstrong was not the first man on the moon — however, he and Buzz Aldrin were the first people to return from the Moon alive. Through my own research, I have uncovered a history of humanity’s ventures into space, far richer than the standard narrative.

The Moon as seen by the Galileo Spacecraft. Image courtesy NASA/JPL/USGS

Since mankind first gazed at the heavens, he has dreamed of setting foot on the moon. The first serious attempt to accomplish this was by the Chinese nobleman Wan Hu in the second millennium B.C.(or in the 16th century Ming Dynasty period — the record is unclear). Wan attached 47…


Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels

The Communist Manifesto, like the Bible, the Qur’an, and The Origin of Species, falls into that category of books that are more discussed than read. Many people feel entitled to hold an opinion about each of those without having read them or even having held a copy in their hands. This is because when a book becomes a symbol of a social movement or a belief system, one’s opinion of what the book represents takes precedence over the book itself.

However, there’s no excuse in this case. The Communist Manifesto is barely 50 pages, and while the references may…


Great White Shark (https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/aug/12/warming-seas-10-new-shark-species-british-waters-great-white)

The problem with sharks is they’re just too sharp. If only they could be captured safely, their teeth filed down a little to blunt them, and released, they would then only gum their human victims. This strategy is left unexplored in Jaws, lauded as the first great summer blockbuster, and the highest-grossing film of all time until it was supplanted by Star Wars two years later.

The first problem is the title, so general as to be meaningless. Doesn’t every animal except the lamprey have “jaws?” As Steven Spielberg pointed out, the word was familiar but not in regular use…


Tiefland was reportedly Hitler’s favorite opera, but this film is completely cinematic with no arias whatsoever. Best known for her documentaries,Triumph of the Will and Olympia, Tiefland was Leni Riefenstahl’s first (and last) foray into fictional cinema. She displays the tight storytelling (there’s hardly a wasted moment) and innovative camerawork that were both evident in her earlier films. No one does crowds of people like Riefenstahl, and in several scenes with groups of peasants, their movements are as gripping and surprising as the much larger groups in her other films. Tiefland showed what Riefenstahl was capable of when she had…


The founding document of the United States of America had one purpose, and one purpose only — to proclaim the independence of the original thirteen American colonies from Great Britain. The government of the United States is not based upon it; that document is the Constitution. There is, in some quarters, a desire to view the Declaration as a part of the Constitution; this is patently incorrect. While the Declaration has been mentioned in numerous court cases, not a single point of law or legal decision has turned upon it. It has no provisions, as does the Constitution, for amendment…

Larry Benjamin

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