I wasn't even born when JFK was assassinated. So my image of the event comes from that black and white film footage of the cavalcade through Dallas.
This book takes that black and white picture and puts the colour in because of two specific things this author does:
First it's told from the perspective of those who were there, from big name politicians to people lining the streets. Each gives their own little fragment of what they saw on the day, offering views of the event that you've probably not heard of before.
Included are stories from the secret service men guarding the president, construction workers watching the aftermath of the shooting, the shocked NBC reporter who asked a man where the nearest phone was (the man was Oswald, exiting the Book Depository), the reaction across the nation as the news was announced, how ordinary folk, celebrities and the powerful learned of the news and reacted, what police and doctors saw, stories from journalists and family members... it's a fascinating insight into the confusion, disbelief and fear on the day.
Second it's written in chronological order, giving a real-time minute by minute account which builds the tensions and ironies in this story and makes you wonder 'what if'... for example there are a couple of passers-by who see Oswald at the window with a gun and wonder whether to report it but assume in the end he must be Secret Service, put in place to protect the President.
The book is written in a very easy to read way. Very compelling. I read my copy in one go. Sorry everyone I know, you're getting this for Christmas!
- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 1495 KB
- Print Length: 288 pages
- Publisher: Short Books Ltd (7 November 2013)
- Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00GL9QO8Q
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Customer Reviews: 55 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #57,065 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)