President Kennedy Has Been Shot: A Moment-to-Moment Account of the Four Days That Changed America

President Kennedy Has Been Shot: A Moment-to-Moment Account of the Four Days That Changed America

by Susan Bennett, Newseum Staff, Dan Rather, Susan Bennett
     
 
On November 22, 1963, one of the most shocking events in history jolted a nation and signaled the end of an era. President Kennedy Has Been Shot tells the minute-by-minute story of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and the dramatic days that followed.

Brought to you by the Newseum, the world’s first interactive museum of news,

Overview

On November 22, 1963, one of the most shocking events in history jolted a nation and signaled the end of an era. President Kennedy Has Been Shot tells the minute-by-minute story of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and the dramatic days that followed.

Brought to you by the Newseum, the world’s first interactive museum of news, President Kennedy Has Been Shot recounts those four days in November, including:
•President Kennedy’s assassination and the confusion that followed
•Lee Harvey Oswald’s capture, arrest and murder
•The moving presidential procession and funeral

This book and accompanying audio CD bring you the events as they happened, featuring:
•Remarkable eyewitness accounts of the reporters, photographers and White House staffers who were there
•Stunning and award-winning photos of the tragedy and a nation in grief
•The actual broadcasts that told America the news, plus rarely heard Dallas police-radio transmissions, White House communications and more

President Kennedy Has Been Shot takes you inside one of the country’s defining and most debated moments. Now you can read and listen to the story as it unfolded, filling in parts of the story you may have never heard and re-creating the story for generations to come.

The audio CD included with the book lets you hear:
•The actual broadcasts of the earliest reports of the shooting
•An emotional Walter Cronkite announce the tragic news
•Chilling Dallas police-radio transmissions calling all units to the scene of the assassination
•Dramatic communication between the White House and Air Force One as it races toward Washington with newly sworn-in President Johnson
•Rarely heard phone calls from Johnson to Kennedy family members and government and civic leaders during his first moments in office
•The incredible live broadcast of Lee Harvey Oswald’s murder

Hear the actual broadcasts that shocked a nation and read the story from the vantage of the men and women who chased it down. Experience again, or for the first time, the minute-by-minute story of one of the most important events in American history.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Combining original interviews with previously available material, this volume by the Newseum (a museum of news sponsored by the Freedom Forum foundation) guides readers through the assassination of John F. Kennedy from his arrival in Dallas the morning of November 22, 1963, to the funeral four days later, including the arrest and murder of Lee Harvey Oswald. The emphasis on how the journalists covering the story perceived it adds an illuminating perspective to well-known events, communicating with immediacy the chaos of the moment. Journalists had to draw on all their resourcefulness to report the story while struggling to maintain their professional distance. The account is filled with fascinating details, from a description of the AP and UPI reporters fighting over a car phone to Dallas reporter Tom Alyca's recollection of staying inside the Texas School Book Depository after investigators closed it off, then smuggling out photos of the shooter's perch. The companion CD includes audio excerpts from radio and TV coverage and snippets of Dallas police communications, radio transmissions between the White House and the airborne, Tokyo-bound press secretary, Pierre Salinger, even a phone call from Lyndon Johnson to FBI director J. Edgar Hoover. Those who were alive 40 years ago remember the events so clearly because of the journalism commemorated here, but readers of all ages will be moved by the powerful testimony. 120 b&w photos. (Nov. 12) Forecast: This may be the standout among 40th anniversary books, with a 75,000 first printing, and it's a BOMC and Literary Guild featured selection and a selection of Booksense and the History Channel. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
This book-and-CD set vividly captures the shock and grief Americans felt about Kennedy's assassination in Dallas, TX, on Friday, November 22, and his funeral in Washington, DC, on Monday, November 25, 1963. With numerous photographs and a bibliography, the book chronicles the events-including the putative assassin's funeral-with excerpts of interviews, memoirs, and reporting by broadcast and print journalists. Narrated by Dan Rather, then a young Dallas journalist for CBS News, the accompanying audio CD plays selections of radio and TV reportage and seldom-heard telephone and radio conversations of Dallas police and federal officials. Listening to the CD, those who lived through the ordeal will recall those four fateful days; those born after 1963 will compare the Kennedy assassination to the national trauma of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, another turning point in U.S. history. Newseum, an interactive museum of the news; former Wall Street Journal reporter Trost; and USA Today editor/reporter Bennett compiled the book and CD as a powerful way to present history in this anniversary year of the tragedy. Highly recommended for public and high school libraries. [This book is a BOMC, Literary Guild, and Doubleday Book Clubs selection.-Ed.]-Charles L. Lumpkins, Pennsylvania State Univ., State College Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal
Adult/High School-A powerful, multimedia reliving of Kennedy's assassination, beginning with Air Force One landing at Love Field and ending with the president's internment at Arlington National Cemetery. The commentaries from some of the nation's foremost journalists, including Mike Wallace, Dan Rather, and Walter Cronkite, have a clarity, drama, and intensity that only newsmen of their stature can provide. An audio CD narrated by Rather provides actual news broadcasts, phone calls, police radio transmissions, and aircraft radio communication. The book-CD combination is so well done that many readers will feel as if they have experienced that fateful day.-John Kiefman, Fairfax County Public Library, VA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781402201585
Publisher:
Sourcebooks
Publication date:
10/28/2003
Edition description:
Hardcover with CD
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
7.63(w) x 9.42(h) x 0.97(d)

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