November 22, 1963: Reflections on the Life, Assassination, and Legacy of John F. Kennedy

November 22, 1963: Reflections on the Life, Assassination, and Legacy of John F. Kennedy

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by Dean R. Owen
     
 

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As the fiftieth anniversary of President Kennedy’s assassination draws near, the events of that fateful day will undoubtedly be on the minds of many throughout the world. Here Dean Owen curates a fascinating collection of interviews and thought-provoking commentaries from notable men and women connected to that notorious Friday afternoon. Those who worked

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As the fiftieth anniversary of President Kennedy’s assassination draws near, the events of that fateful day will undoubtedly be on the minds of many throughout the world. Here Dean Owen curates a fascinating collection of interviews and thought-provoking commentaries from notable men and women connected to that notorious Friday afternoon. Those who worked closely with the president, civil rights leaders, celebrities, prominent journalists, and political allies are among the nearly one hundred voices asked to share their reflections on the significance of that day and the legacy left behind by John F. Kennedy. A few of the names include:

• Tom Brokaw, a young reporter in Omaha in 1963
• Andy Rooney, veteran television and radio newscaster
• Letitia Baldrige, former Chief of Staff to First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy
• Congressman John Lewis, sole survivor of the “Big Six” black leaders who met the president after the March on Washington in August of 1963
• Cliff Robertson, Academy Award–winning actor who portrayed JFK in PT 109
• Rev. Billy Graham, evangelist

With a compelling foreword from renowned author and journalist Helen Thomas, November 22, 1963 investigates not only where we were that day nearly fifty years ago, but where we have come since. A commemorative and insightful read, this book will unite generations.

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“A mostly reverential compendium of voices touched by the promise and spirit of John F. Kennedy’s presidency—and the shock of his death. . . . All walks of life are represented in this immense cross section of Americans' grief and groping for comprehension.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Dean Owen did what a lot of reporters seem to have forgotten how to do these days, he asked the people who were there that awful day what they saw and how they felt…a must-read for anyone who wants a better understanding of what happened on the weekend that America lost its innocence."—Bob Schieffer of CBS News

John Seigenthaler
“Dean Owen reminds us of a loss that was painful and a legacy that endures.

Michael Medved
“A fascinating project that will resonate deeply with all of us who remember JFK, and will provide an enlightening service for those too young for personal recollection.
Bob Schieffer
“Dean Owen did what a lot of reporters seem to have forgotten how to do these days, he asked the people who were there that awful day what they saw and how they felt. This is a must-read for anyone who wants a better understanding of what happened on the weekend that America lost its innocence. A terrific read.
Roger Wilkins
“John Kennedy helped us believe in ourselves and Dean Owen brings to life the man who inspired us, and an inspiration we so desperately need today.
Martin Sheen

This book gives readers a real-world glimpse into this extraordinary man, John Kennedy, and the truly great president he was.

Library Journal
09/15/2013
Former Washington, DC, reporter Owen has compiled an uneven collection of remembrances he solicited from over 100 men and women about JFK's death and legacy. The book is divided into eight sections: "Members of the Kennedy Administration and White House Staff"; "Civil Rights Leaders"; "Children of Kennedy Advisors and Others"; "Celebrities"; "Family and Friends"; "Journalists and Commentators"; "Political Figures"; and "Those with Humorous, Poignant, Quirky and Tragic Encounters, and Connections." Readers will find the memories offered by those closest to Kennedy the most meaningful, e.g., by longtime White House correspondent Helen Thomas, who contributed the foreword before her death this summer; retired secret service agent Clint Hill, who was on duty in Dallas; White House usher Nelson C. Pierce; Harris Wofford, special assistant to President Kennedy on civil rights; and Congressman John Lewis, former chair of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. There are only two entries by relatives—and one of those is a reprint. Other memories, e.g., from children of advisers, a major league baseball player, and a game show host, offer fewer insights. A common thread is that JFK gave his supporters hope for a better country and inspired the contributors to lead lives of public service. VERDICT Readers, especially those who lived through the Kennedy years, will be unimpressed by stories from those with only a superficial connection to JFK. Only for hard-core Kennedy junkies.—KH
Kirkus Reviews
A mostly reverential compendium of voices touched by the promise and spirit of John F. Kennedy's presidency--and the shock of his death. Keen observers of the president, members of his devoted staff, children of his advisers, civil rights leaders, eyewitness journalists and youth inspired by his brief, shining administration--all offer their concise statements and appraisals in veteran journalist Owen's collection. The author was just 7 years old on the date of the assassination, riveted like the rest of the country to the TV ("the centrifuge of the country," as Tom Brokaw calls it) and ultimately galvanized by the craft of journalism. Some of the accounts are extracts from copyrighted statements evidently published in previous books, such as Walter F. Mondale's The Good Fight and Vincent Bugliosi's Reclaiming History, all of which expound poignantly on this most intimate "death in the family." Some of the statements are truly elucidating and mesmerizing, such as those by then–special assistant counsel Joseph A. Califano Jr., who proudly applauded JFK's prescient civil rights speech of June 1963 (a crusade taken up by his brother, Robert); and by Rev. Billy Graham, who had spent time with the president and was impressed by his concern "about the moral and spiritual condition of the nation," noting the day after Kennedy died that "the entire nation [was] thinking more about death and eternity than at any time since the war." Other accounts are more curious and questionable, such as those by Army officer Andy Carlson, who led the riderless horse "Black Jack" during the funeral, and by Ruth Paine, who was living with Marina Oswald at the time. Given the ongoing, apparently insatiable curiosity about the Kennedy assassination, most readers will probably find it all equally fascinating. All walks of life are represented in this immense cross section of Americans' grief and groping for comprehension.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781628735192
Publisher:
Skyhorse Publishing
Publication date:
09/01/2013
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
384
File size:
8 MB

Meet the Author


Dean R. Owen is an award-winning journalist with more than thirty years of experience, including working as a reporter and editor in Washington covering Congress, the Supreme Court, and the White House. He was seven years old on Friday, November 22, 1963, and cites the events of that day as the catalyst for his professional career in journalism, public policy, and corporate communications. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, and Wall Street Journal, among others. He resides in Seattle, WA.

Helen Thomas (1920–2013) was the former chief White House Correspondent for the United Press International. The recipient of more than forty honorary degrees, she was honored in 1998 with the inaugural Helen Thomas Lifetime Achievement Award, established by the White House Correspondents' Association. She lived in Washington, D.C., where she wrote a syndicated column for Hearst from 2000 to 2010.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful book which gave me great insights into Kennedy and how he treated people, reacted under pressure, and how he impacted their lives. There are some very poignant stories told by people who were close to Kennedy and some from people with brief but intense interactions with him. Dean Owen picked the stories very carefully. Many of them are new and untold until now. I thoroughly enjoyed it. A great way to remember the fiftieth anniversary.
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