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Children's LiteratureOn November 22, at roughly 12:30 pm, shots rang out across the Dealey Plaza in downtown Dallas, Texas. At that moment bullets tore into the head and body of President John F. Kennedy. For all practical purposes President Kennedy was dead the moment those shots struck him. Within a few hours Lee Harvey Oswald was arrested for the assassination of President Kennedy. Shortly thereafter, Oswald was shot to death on national television by Jack Ruby—a man connected to organized crime. For the past forty-two years controversy has continued to swirl about the facts and myths associated with this tragic event. In this title, modern readers can take a look at primary sources and period documents related to the murder of President John F. Kennedy. Included are commission reports, interviews with witnesses, the opinions of contemporary journalists and political figures, and opinion pieces written by investigators. In the end, the reader is left to determine his or her own views regarding this clouded event in American history. What also remains in the reader's possession is a treasure trove of information artfully compiled by the editor of this engaging look at a critical moment in modern American history. 2004, Thomson Gale, Ages 14 up.
—Greg M. Romaneck