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Seven Seconds: Memories of the JFK Assassination, the Tragedy That Changed America
     

Seven Seconds: Memories of the JFK Assassination, the Tragedy That Changed America

by Holly Millea
 

ON THE FIFTIETH ANNIVERSARY OF THE DEATH OF JOHN F. KENNEDY, EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEWS WITH NORA EPHRON, JIMMY CARTER, JEFF BRIDGES, JAMES PATTERSON, LAUREN BACALL, GAY TALESE, AND MANY OTHERS.


Where were you when you heard the news that President Kennedy had been shot?


For years, journalist Holly Millea has concluded interviews with that question.

Overview

ON THE FIFTIETH ANNIVERSARY OF THE DEATH OF JOHN F. KENNEDY, EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEWS WITH NORA EPHRON, JIMMY CARTER, JEFF BRIDGES, JAMES PATTERSON, LAUREN BACALL, GAY TALESE, AND MANY OTHERS.


Where were you when you heard the news that President Kennedy had been shot?


For years, journalist Holly Millea has concluded interviews with that question. In her decades-long career as a magazine writer, Millea has interviewed dozens of cultural icons who have shared vivid memories of what they were doing on November 22, 1963, when three gunshots fired in Dallas changed America forever.


Jimmy Carter, still a Georgia farmer, had just come in from plowing a field. After hearing the news, he went back outside and wept. Robert Redford was starring in “Barefoot in the Park” on Broadway and could barely remember his lines that night. Artist Chuck Close was at Yale, horrified to see law students toasting JFK’s death. Barbra Streisand was buying a necklace, which she still owns but has never been able to wear. And Nora Ephron was a twenty-two-year-old reporter at the “New York Post.” “It was one of those days when I had a harrowing sense of how much I was a journalist, as opposed to a human being,” she recalled. “My instinct wasn’t to weep. It isn’t that I didn’t feel terrible, it’s just that I also felt ‘I’m a journalist and I’m going back to the city room, where I belong.’”


The Byliner Original “Seven Seconds” is an oral history of the day John F. Kennedy was killed, told through the voices of men and women who made their own impact on American culture and whose work is still relevant today. James Patterson, Jeff Bridges, Diane Keaton, Charlie Rose, James L. Brooks, Gay Talese, Judy Collins, Tom Stoppard, Meryl Streep, Dick Cavett, Peter Fonda, Gayle King, James Ellroy, Carl Reiner, Barney Frank, Donna Karan, and Lauren Bacall are among the many people Millea has spoken with about that fateful day. Everyone old enough has a story. And long or short, heartbreaking or wry, every story further illuminates not just a time and place, but an era. As John Kennedy said, “History, after all, is the memory of a nation.”


The whole world will be marking the fiftieth anniversary of the Kennedy assassination this fall. Seven Seconds poses the question that many of us will be asking: Where were you?


ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Holly Millea has covered the movie industry since 1987, writing cover stories and features for “New York,” “Premiere,” “Talk,” “Elle,” and other magazines. For ten years, Millea hosted HBO’s “Upfront in the Back Seat,” conducting on-camera interviews (in the back of a Checker cab) with directors and stars, including Sydney Pollack, Hugh Grant, Mark Wahlberg, Ron Howard, and Jodie Foster. Millea also writes the award-winning Beauty Adventure column for “Elle.”

Editorial Reviews

Kirkus Reviews
2013-11-07
A short collection of memories of the Kennedy assassination by a random assortment of media and entertainment figures. The 50th anniversary of the assassination has sparked plenty of published commemoration but perhaps none as strange or slight as this. If you want to know how that tragedy affected the Four Seasons' Frankie Valli, Hustler publisher Larry Flynt or comedian David Steinberg, here's your source. Journalist Millea saves one last question for everyone she profiles: "Do you remember where you were when you heard the news that JFK had been shot?" Maybe she had the idea for this collection of extended quotes all along, or maybe she was just curious (she explains that since she was 2 at the time, she had no personal recollection of that tragic day). Since her interviews likely hadn't come anywhere near that subject until then, one assumes that Barbra Streisand, Dick Cavett and game-show host Alex Trebek were surprised by the question, but none of them seem ambushed by the out-of-the-blue query. Journalist Gay Talese swims against the tide of convention, claiming that when he was sent to gather man-on-the-street reactions from New Yorkers, they really weren't feeling a whole lot in the immediate aftermath (until the media showed everyone what we were supposed to feel). Artist Chuck Close remembers conservative law students at Yale "drinking a toast to the death of JFK." Flynt reflects with a rare tinge of remorse, "Isn't it strange that, twelve years later, I would publish nude photos of his wife, Jacqueline? It seems not a very nice thing to do when you think about it, but it just all seemed like business to me." There seems to be no reason for the order in which these interview snippets are presented and no rationale for who is included, other than the fact that each was interviewed by the author.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781614520887
Publisher:
Byliner Inc.
Publication date:
10/29/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
667,290
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Holly Millea has covered the movie industry since 1987, writing cover stories and features for “New York,” “Premiere,” “Talk,” “Elle,” and other magazines. For ten years, Millea hosted HBO’s “Upfront in the Back Seat,” conducting on-camera interviews (in the back of a Checker cab) with directors and stars, including Sydney Pollack, Hugh Grant, Mark Wahlberg, Ron Howard, and Jodie Foster. Millea also writes the award-winning Beauty Adventure column for “Elle.”

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