Blood on the Snow: The Killing of Olof Palme

Blood on the Snow The Killing of Olof Palme The Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme a major figure in world politics and an ardent opponent of apartheid was shot dead on the streets of Stockholm in February At the time of his death Palme

  • Title: Blood on the Snow: The Killing of Olof Palme
  • Author: Jan Bondeson
  • ISBN: 9780801442117
  • Page: 331
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme, a major figure in world politics and an ardent opponent of apartheid, was shot dead on the streets of Stockholm in February 1986 At the time of his death, Palme was deeply involved in Middle East diplomacy and was working under UN auspices to end the Iran Iraq war Across Scandinavia, Palme s killing had an impact similar to that ofThe Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme, a major figure in world politics and an ardent opponent of apartheid, was shot dead on the streets of Stockholm in February 1986 At the time of his death, Palme was deeply involved in Middle East diplomacy and was working under UN auspices to end the Iran Iraq war Across Scandinavia, Palme s killing had an impact similar to that of the Kennedy assassinations in the United States and it ignited nearly as many conspiracy theories Interest in the Palme slaying was most recently stirred by reports of the death of Christer Pettersson, who was tried for the murder twice, convicted the first time, and then acquitted on appeal.In his investigative account of Palme s still unsolved murder, the historian Jan Bondeson meticulously recreates the assassination and its aftermath Like the best works of crime fiction, this book puts the victim and his death into social context Bondeson s work, however, is noteworthy for its dispassionate treatment of police incompetence the police did not answer a witness s phone call reporting the murder just 45 seconds after it occurred, and further time was lost as the police sought to confirm that someone had actually been shot When the police arrived on the scene, they did not even recognize the victim as the Prime Minister This early confusion was emblematic of the errors that were to follow.Bondeson demolishes the various conspiracy theories that have been devised to make sense of the killing, before suggesting a convincing explanation of his own A brilliant piece of investigative journalism, Blood on the Snow includes crime scene photographs and reconstructions that have never before been published and offers a gripping narrative of a crime that shocked a continent.

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    1. I'll never look at Sweden the same way again. Normally a paragon of cool efficiency this tale of total bumbling by the Stockholm police is a revelation. Every mistake that could be made in solving the mystery of who killed Olaf Palme, was. Author Bondeson doggedly tracks down every possible conspiracy theory attached to the assassination and effectively lays them low. At the point when I was becoming exhausted by his research and his limitations in English (the word 'sinister' gets a particular [...]

    2. I guess the audience for this book is non-Swedes who wants to get some insight into the assassination and the following huge investigation of the murder. For Swedes and people already interested in the subject the book offers very few new interesting facts. I would recommend it if you would like to get a somewhat theory-agnostic overview on the large topic of the assassination of Olof Palme. For people already interested in the murder it will not give so much new insights on the matter.

    3. This is going to be the first of several non-fiction works by this author that I plan on reading because she writes on such interesting historical topics. Its being first was entirely random (our library had it but not those titles preceding it) but when I pulled it I wondered if I really care about the assassination of a politician I've never heard of from a such a small country. (Pardon my limited American viewpoint, but I'm being honest.) Well, if you haven't heard of the socialist Olof Palme [...]

    4. Interesting book on the mystery behind the assassination of Olof Palme, the prime minister of Sweden in February, 1986. Palme was one of the foremost Social Democrats in the world, a prominent voice for peace and disarmament and a notable, long-time European head of government. On the last day of 1986 he was gunned down at night in Stockholm in front of a cinema and since then conspiracy theorists have had a field day trying to come up with new and more outlandish solutions to his murder; the in [...]

    5. Engrossing account of the assassination of Palme and the police investigation. After going through all the suspects and theories I found his belief that it was done at the behest of middle men invovled with the Bofors deal most credible.

    6. Left my university job and had to return all my library books (of which this was one) before I finished, so I never actually got to Bondeson's theory of who shot Olaf Palme. Certainly a subject I'd be interested in returning to one day.

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