President Kennedy Has Been Shot

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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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402203176
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks
  • Publication date: 10/1/2004
  • Edition description: BOOK & CD
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 7.38 (w) x 9.13 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

The Newseum, the world's first interactive museum of news, takes visitors behind the scenes to show how and why news is made. It strives to help the public and news media understand one another better. The Newseum is funded by the Freedom Forum, a non-profit, non-partisan foundation. Visit The Newseum's President Kennedy Has Been Shot is co-authored by award-winning journalists Cathy Trost and Susan Bennett.

Cathy Trost, a former reporter for the Wall Street Journal and UPI, is the co-author of the critically acclaimed Running Toward Danger: Stories Behind the Breaking News of 9/11. She was the founding director of the Casey Journalism Center on Children and Families at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland.

Susan Bennett, director of International Exhibits at the Newseum, is a veteran editor and reporter who covered foreign affairs, national politics, and Congress in Washington. She was previously an editor and writer on USA TODAY's editorial page, national correspondent for Knight-Ridder newspapers, and a bureau chief and state editor for UPI.

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Read an Excerpt

We all seem to know exactly where we were and what we were doing when we learned that President John F. Kennedy had been shot. It was a moment seared into memories for a lifetime. For those who reported the shooting and subsequent events to the nation and the world, it was a profoundly transforming experience. This is the story of those who were there, the first witnesses to this infamous piece of history, and how they brought the tragedy to a nation in shock. Here, more than sixty journalistic witnesses describe what they saw, what they learned, and how they reported it. Some would go on to legendary careers-others, indelibly affected, would leave journalism, never to return.

The Kennedy assassination story remains so vivid in the national consciousness, however, because of the work those men and women did under the intense pressure of deadline and the trauma of the tragedy. They left us with words and images so sharp and powerful that remain with us as if we saw and heard it all yesterday-a pained Walter Cronkite choking on the news that the president is dead; the haunting images of the Zapruder film; the crumpling body of Lee Harvey Oswald as he is felled by Jack Ruby's bullet.

The programs, exhibitions, and publications of the Newseum, the world's first interactive museum of news, take readers and visitors behind the scenes to explain the news process-the how and why of what journalists do. In this book you will see both the competitive and the compassionate sides of reporters doing a difficult job under difficult circumstances. Journalists typically are forward-looking, anticipating the next story, preparing for the next event. Here, they take a revealing look back at their first rough draft of history and the way they handled a story that would change the nation, themselves, and their profession forever.

Joe Urschel
Executive Director and Senior Vice President

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Table of Contents

Track List

Leaving for Dallas
The Assassination
The President's Death
The Swearing-In
Return to the White House
The Suspect Is Murdered
A Fallen Leader Lies in State
Two Funerals
Reflections . . .
Epilogue-Where Are They Now?

Research Notes
Audio & Photo Credits

CD Track List
1. Introduction-Dan Rather
2. Friday Morning in Fort Worth
3. Arriving in Dallas
4. The Motorcade
5. Arriving at Parkland Hospital
6. First News Broadcasts of Shooting
7. At the Texas School Book Depository
8. The White House and Administration Planes
9. Possible Suspect Described on Police Radio
10. Unconfirmed Reports of President's Death
11. Citizen Reports Officer Has Been Shot
12. Further Unconfirmed Reports of President's Death
13. Cronkite Relays the Official Announcement
14. The White House and the Cabinet Plane
15. Pursuit of Suspect Described on Police Radio
16. Citizens and Broadcasters React
17. New York Times' Tom Wicker Files the News
18. WFAA-TV Interviews Abraham Zapruder
19. Lyndon Johnson Takes the Oath of Office
20. The White House and Air Force One
21. Lady Bird Johnson Remembers Jacqueline Kennedy on Air Force One
22. President Johnson Speaks with Rose Kennedy
23. President and Mrs. Johnson Speak with Nellie Connally
24. News Broadcast of Suspect's Background
25. Returning to Washington
26. A Nation Comes to a Standstill
27. Announcement of Oswald's Arrest
28. Casket Arrives at the White House
29. Oswald Proclaims His Innocence
30. A Fallen Leader Lies in State
31. Police Captain Fritz Proclaims Oswald's Guilt
32. President Johnson Speaks with Edward Kennedy
33. Oswald Is Murdered
34. Reaction to the Shooting of Oswald
35. Casket Is Removed from the White House
36. Announcement of Oswald's Death
37. Mourners Pay Respects to Kennedy
38. President Johnson Speaks with Government and Civic Leaders
39. Funeral Procession Begins in Washington
40. Memorial Service at St. Matthew's Cathedral
41. Oswald's Burial in Fort Worth
42. Procession Arrives at Arlington National Cemetery

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