LIFE The Day Kennedy Died: Fifty Years Later: LIFE Remembers the Man and the Moment

LIFE The Day Kennedy Died: Fifty Years Later: LIFE Remembers the Man and the Moment

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by The Editors of LIFE
     
 

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Fifty years ago on November 22, 1963, in Dallas's Dealey Plaza, John Fitzgerald Kennedy, the 35th President of the United States, was assassinated while traveling in a motorcade with his wife, Jacqueline. LIFE magazine, the weekly pictorial chronicle of events in America and throughout the world, was quickly on the scene. The Kennedys had been our story: Jack

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Fifty years ago on November 22, 1963, in Dallas's Dealey Plaza, John Fitzgerald Kennedy, the 35th President of the United States, was assassinated while traveling in a motorcade with his wife, Jacqueline. LIFE magazine, the weekly pictorial chronicle of events in America and throughout the world, was quickly on the scene. The Kennedys had been our story: Jack and Jackie made the cover in his sailboat before they were married and he was a fresh-faced senator from Massachusetts, and the White House doors had remained open to LIFE throughout his presidency: Cecil Stoughton's photographs of Caroline and John-John in the Oval Office, Jackie's tour of the renovation, tense behind-the-scenes moments during 13 days of the Cuban Missile Crisis-all of this appeared in LIFE. We needed to be in Dallas.

The famous Zapruder film first appeared in LIFE, after being acquired by LIFE's Richard B. Stolley. Stolley also interviewed at the time Dallas police, Kennedy administration officials, members of the Oswald family, workers at Jack Ruby's bar. Jackie's first conversation after the murder was with Theodore H. White for LIFE, and in it she told the American people, for the first time, about the Camelot her late husband had imagined.

All of that is revisited in this commemorative book, including:

· All 486 frames of the Zapruder film in print for the first time

· An essay by Richard B. Stolley on how he exclusively obtained the iconic film for LIFE

· An essay by Abraham Zapruder's granddaughter, Alexandra, who writes for the first time about how the film affected her family over the generations

· Personal stories about where they were when they heard the news from Barbra Streisand, Maya Angelou, Jimmy Carter, Tony Bennett, Willie Mays, Sergei Khrushchev, James Earl Jones, John Boehner, Tom Brokaw, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Alec Baldwin, Bill O'Reilly, Dan Rather and many more

· Rarely seen photos from the TIME/LIFE archive of Allan Grant's photo essay of the Oswald family on the night of the assassination

· A foreword featuring a conversation with historian David McCullough

· A full reprint of LIFE's 1963 issue covering the tragic events in Dallas

· LIFE's Theodore H. White's famous "Camelot" interview with Jackie (which she gave shortly after the assassination), as well as the story behind the interview and the words that never ran

· A new essay on 50 years of conspiracy theories by J.I. Baker, author of The Empty Glass

The Kennedys: A LIFE story for more than 50 years, and still today.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
09/15/2013
JFK was a perfect fit for LIFE magazine, possessing both the glamour for its alluring photographs of charismatic celebrities and the standing for its serious photojournalism. Upon Kennedy's assassination, it was LIFE that purchased the Abraham Zapruder film and published portions of it. Now, each Zapruder frame will be published in a special gatefold section of this oversized volume, and there are gripping photographs throughout. The book's mostly unnamed LIFE authors write in a casual style (e.g., "We need to scoot ahead…."). They cover JFK's life in fewer than 40 pages before covering the 1963 trip to Texas. Readers follow President and Mrs. Kennedy around the state and to the tragic afternoon. The book then provides various perspectives on the assassination (e.g., "Who Was Oswald?"), with "LIFE Is on the Story" and "LIFE Stays on the Story" reminding readers just how much has changed in news gathering and journalist access. Alexandra Zapruder's piece on her grandfather's legacy is eloquent and affecting. The section titled "'Where Were You When You Heard?'" has little overlap with Where Were You?, below. Several pages then cover conspiracy theories. The work closes with follow-ups on members of the Kennedy family and a removable full reprint of the November 29, 1963, issue of LIFE magazine. VERDICT This title is for both veterans of and those new to its subject. Although the gatefold and removable facsimile may present library circulation challenges, this work should be considered essential for most JFK collections. With a foreword consisting of a conversation with David McCullough.—Margaret Heilbrun, Library Journal

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781618930743
Publisher:
Time Home Entertainment, Inc
Publication date:
10/15/2013
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
717,316
Product dimensions:
11.50(w) x 14.28(h) x 1.25(d)

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The editors at LIFE vigorously carry on the traditions of excellence in photography, journalism and storytelling of and about our country and our world, which began with the founding of LIFE magazine in 1936 by editor and publisher Henry R. Luce. LIFE has published books on a broad range of subjects, including New York Times best-sellers One Nation and The American Journey of Barack Obama.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought the NOOK Book and it was wonderful - wish I could have seen the pictures a bit better though. Fascinating information and well written. Even though I lived through those times, found information that I had not known before.
arleah More than 1 year ago
I never expected such a large, beautiful coffee table book! Full of pictures and a bonus reprint of the 1963 LIFE magazine following the death of JFK! A great gift for yourself or anyone on your shopping list!!!
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