William Manchester's epic and definitive account of President John F. Kennedy's assassinationnow 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.
|Publisher:||Little, Brown and Company|
|Product dimensions:||5.80(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.30(d)|
About the Author
William Manchester (1922-2004) was a hugely successful popular historian and biographer whose books include The Last Lion, a three-volume biography of Winston Churchill; Goodbye, Darkness; A World Lit Only by Fire; The Glory and the Dream; The Arms of Krupp; and American Caesar. He received the National Humanities Medal and the Abraham Lincoln Literary Award.
Table of Contents
Prologue: Lancer 1
Book 1 Charcoal 53
1 Wand 55
2 SS 100 X 106
3 Market 159
4 Volunteer 224
5 Go, Stranger 289
Book 2 Castle 337
6 Angel 339
7 Lace 389
8 Crown 452
9 Passion 511
10 Light 566
Epilogue: Legend 621
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.
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.
very interesting. takes you behind the murdering of jfk
Way to long. Over 800 pages. The author could have cut the book to 400 pages and it still would have been to long.