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The Death of a President: November 20-November 25, 1963 [NOOK Book]

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William Manchester's epic and definitive account of President John F. Kennedy's assassination -- now restored to print in a new paperback edition.

As the world still reeled from the tragic and historic events of November 22, 1963, William Manchester set out, at the request of the Kennedy family, to create a detailed, authoritative record of the days immediately preceding and following President John F. Kennedy's death. Through hundreds of ...
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The Death of a President: November 20-November 25, 1963

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Overview

William Manchester's epic and definitive account of President John F. Kennedy's assassination -- now restored to print in a new paperback edition.

As the world still reeled from the tragic and historic events of November 22, 1963, William Manchester set out, at the request of the Kennedy family, to create a detailed, authoritative record of the days immediately preceding and following President John F. Kennedy's death. Through hundreds of interviews, abundant travel and firsthand observation, and with unique access to the proceedings of the Warren Commission, Manchester conducted an exhaustive historical investigation, accumulating forty-five volumes of documents, exhibits, and transcribed tapes. His ultimate objective -- to set down as a whole the national and personal tragedy that was JFK's assassination -- is brilliantly achieved in this galvanizing narrative, a book universally acclaimed as a landmark work of modern history.
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Publishers Weekly
11/18/2013
The fall of a near-mythic leader is elegized in this sprawling, magisterial account of the killing of President John F. Kennedy, reissued for the assassination's 50th anniversary. Historian Manchester (The Last Lion) follows the Warren Commission in fingering Lee Harvey Oswald as the lone gunman, but demotes him from anti-hero to contemptible bit player in the drama. The author instead recounts the demise and transfiguration of Camelot by spotlighting its central figures: Kennedy, a dazzling character martyred in an instant; Lyndon Johnson, vaulting from frustrated impotence to untrammeled power, guilefully maneuvering to consolidate his rule from the moment of Kennedy's death; Jackie Kennedy, self-possessed though stained with her husband's blood, leveraging her moral authority and instinct for pageantry to transform Kennedy glamor into tragic pathos. Manchester's fantastically detailed but engrossing narrative is Shakespearian in its sweep, taking in court intrigues played out through photo-ops and turf-battles over Air Force One, comic turns by publicity hounds, and eruptions of grief—and celebration!—from the great and the humble. Published in 1967, Manchester's portrait of J.F.K. is innocent of the tawdrier revelations of later Kennedy scholarship and can seem naive in its adulation, but he delivers a superb, riveting evocation of the assassination's impact on the national psyche. (Oct.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316370721
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Publication date: 10/8/2013
  • Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 736
  • Sales rank: 57,849
  • File size: 5 MB

Meet the Author

William Manchester was a hugely successful popular historian and biographer whose books include The Last Lion, Volumes 1 and 2, Goodbye Darkness, A World Lit Only by Fire, The Glory and the Dream, The Arms of Krupp, American Caesar, The Death of the President, and assorted works of journalism.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2014

    Read this to hear the truth

    After watching "Dark Legacy" at the request of my brother, I read this book again. I had originally read it shortly after it was first published, and I remembered the detailed information, garnered from the author's interviews with the participants (most within a year of the assassination), research on relevant documents, going to the actual locations, etc. All that is there in the book, and placed in context, and coupled with the human reactions to what was happening. Unlike something like "Dark Legacy" - sorry, but in my opinion that's a joke - this book is detailed, accurate, and unbelievably moving. Even though I was 13 when President Kennedy was murdered and I'm now 63, I was crying again this morning reading about the funeral services. My only knock about the book is the author's annoying habit of hitting you over the head with vocabulary. In describing the return flight of Air Force One, it "dartles over the Cumberland River's vermiculating banks". Luckily you never get more than one of those a page, and usually one every dozen pages, but it does distract from the narrative.

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  • Posted March 21, 2014

    very interesting. takes you behind the murdering of jfk

    very interesting. takes you behind the murdering of jfk

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  • Posted December 10, 2013

    Manchester's Classic - an important work of truth

    I was one of millions alive when President Kennedy was murdered in Dallas, Texas. After fifty years of piecemeal news reports and stories that come from that awful day, I have read the most important book from those days. It is riveting, enlightening and revealing. Much of the so called conspiracy theories can be laid to rest after reading this book. After all this time there are only a handful of reliable books on the subject and this is one of them. I was in awe of the research that the author did , the trips he took, and the in-depth interviews he did before putting pen to paper. The depth of emotions that Manchester brings to the historical figures involved is palpable. The depth of national and international grief is laid out and surprising even among the President's enemies. Mr. Manchester brought back those days for me and I grieved again.

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    Posted July 9, 2014

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