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Gerald Posner received a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of California at Berkeley in 1975 and a law degree from Hastings Law School in 1978. He was one of the youngest attorneys ever hired by the Wall Street law firm of Cravath, Swaine and Moore. He co-founded the New vis mere York law firm Posner and Ferrara. He is the author of more than ten books including Killing the Dream: James Earl Ray and the Assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., Case Closed: Lee Harvey Oswald and the Assassination of JFK, and God's Bankers: A History of Money and Power at the Vatican. (Bowker Author Biography) vis mindre

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Posner, Gerald Leo
San Francisco, Californie, Etats-Unis
University of California, Berkeley
University of California, Hastings College of the Law
Posner, Trisha (wife)
Cravath, Swaine & Moore
The Daily Beast
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John Martin of ABC News says "Gerald Posner is one of the most resourceful investigators I have encountered in thirty years of journalism." Garry Wills calls Posner "a superb investigative reporter," while the Los Angeles Times dubs him "a classic-style investigative journalist." "His work is painstakingly honest journalism" concluded The Washington Post. The New York Times lauded his "exhaustive research techniques" and The Boston Globe talked of Posner's "thorough and hard-edge investigation." "A meticulous and serious researcher," said the New York Daily News. "Posner, a former Wall Street lawyer, demolishes myths through a meticulous re-examination of the facts," reported the Chicago Tribune. "Meticulous research," Newsday.

Anthony Lewis in the New York Times: "With 'Killing the Dream,' he has written a superb book: a model of investigation, meticulous in its discovery and presentation of evidence, unbiased in its exploration of every claim. And it is a wonderfully readable book, as gripping as a first-class detective story."

"What we need is a work of painstakingly honest journalism, a la 'Case Closed,' Gerald Posner's landmark re-examination of the assassination of John F. Kennedy," concluded Joe Sharkey in the New York Times.

Gene Lyons, in Entertainment Weekly: "As thorough and incisive a job of reporting and critical thinking as you will ever read, Case Closed does more than buttress the much beleaguered Warren Commission's conclusion ….More than that, Posner's book is written in a penetrating, lucid style that makes it a joy to read. Even the footnotes, often briskly debunking one or another fanciful or imaginary scenario put forth by the conspiracy theorists, rarely fail to enthrall...Case Closed is a work of genuine patriotism and a monument to the astringent power of reason. 'A'"

Jeffrey Toobin in the Chicago Tribune: "Unlike many of the 2,000 other books that have been written about the Kennedy assassination, Posner's 'Case Closed' is a resolutely sane piece of work. More importantly, 'Case Closed' is utterly convincing in its thesis, which seems, in light of all that has transpired over the past 30 years, almost revolutionary....I started 'Case Closed' as a skeptic - and slightly put off by the presumptuous title. To my mind historical truth is always a slippery thing. The chances of knowing for sure what happened in any event - much less one as murky as the Kennedy assassination - seem remote. But this fascinating and important book won me over. Case closed, indeed."

Posner was one of the youngest attorneys (23) ever hired by Cravath, Swaine & Moore. A Political Science major, Posner was a Phi Beta Kappa and Summa Cum Laude graduate of the University of California at Berkeley (1975), where he was also a national debating champion, winner of the Meiklejohn Award. At Hastings Law School (1978), he was an Honors Graduate and served as the Associate Executive Editor for the Law Review. A partner in Posner & Ferrara, the New York law firm he founded, he represents a mostly international clientele from offices in New York and Washington D.C.

In the past, he has been a freelance writer on investigative issues for several news magazines, and a regular contributor to NBC, the History Channel, CNN, FOX News, CBS, and MSNBC. In 2009 he was the Chief Investigative Reporter for The Daily Beast. A former member of the National Advisory Board of the National Writers Union, Posner is a member of the Authors Guild, PEN, The Committee to Protect Journalists, and Phi Beta Kappa. His wife, author, Trisha Posner, helps him on the research for all his projects.




Meu comentário ao livro de Posner é simples, sólido e hollywoodiano : como pôde um homenzinho doente como Lee Harvey Oswald (isto é, um lobo solitário agindo como justiceiro) cometer um ato tão horrivelmente monumental? Eis o verdadeiro vórtice da história. Eis minha resposta, em forma de pergunta, à pergunta "quem matou JFK?" A tese de Posner não é, de resto sólida, porque muito poucas ideias, pessoas ou eventos na vida o são. Sim, admito que a teoria conspiratória se encaixa perfeitamente nas minhas ideias, as de um adepto do tradicionalismo conservador, esta corrente anti pós-modernista que defende o elitismo hierárquico no centro da sociedade. As conclusões a que chegaram os membros da Comissão Warren que investigou o assassínio de JFK não foram satisfatórias. Na realidade, indicam que, longe de ser isolado, o crime foi resultado de um complô bem organizado. Cada investigador guardou a íntima convicção de que o atentado havia sido planejado e executado por alguma entidade. Mas… qual? Na ausência de provas, a comissão resignou-se a encampar a tese de um desequilibrado atirador solitário. Todos assinaram embaixo. Tentaram tranquilizar a opinião pública e pôr um ponto final naquele trauma. Guardo a certeza de que John Kennedy foi vítima de um complô. Os mandantes hão de estar todos mortos. Quem sabe, um dia saberemos. Ou não.… (mere)
jgcorrea | 16 andre anmeldelser | Jun 1, 2022 |
A great "non-fiction" book, in the sense that it's gripping and racy, but not particularly good history (it's a chronicle, a recording of facts, rather than an understanding of them) nor a good book. This latter is the thing's main problem: the subtitle was clearly an afterthought, and Posner has just thrown in everything he researched, rather than finding the excellent core of the book (i.e., the story of the Vatican Bank) and sticking to that. So you have to read a bunch of stuff about late 19th century popes, which is dull, and the early 2th century popes, which isn't particularly interesting, and then about Pius XII, which horse has been beaten to death, and only then do we really get to the good stuff--over a hundred pages in. Take my word for it, you can just start reading at the founding of the IOR.

After that, it's mostly great stuff, with the caveat that he really does stick a whole bunch of stuff in there. It's not clear to me why the child-abuse stuff is in there, even allowing for the "and power" part of the subtitle; not clear why the papal elections stuff is in there (though that's a bit fresher, at least).

So, basically, there's 300 pages of roaring, roiling idiocy and corruption, and the odd attempt to reel it all in. Fun fact: the popes the most likely to try to deal with corruption are those who are the least publicly popular (so, not John XXIII, not JPII), up until Francis, who might just be pulling off the double act.
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stillatim | 8 andre anmeldelser | Oct 23, 2020 |
Well written and researched - thoroughly infuriating from start to finish.
tpitts6 | 8 andre anmeldelser | Sep 11, 2020 |



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