Twenty-Six Seconds: A Personal History of the Zapruder Film

Twenty-Six Seconds: A Personal History of the Zapruder Film

by Alexandra Zapruder


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ISBN-13: 9781455574810
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 11/15/2016
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 1,307,120
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.60(d)

About the Author

Alexandra Zapruder began her career on the founding staff of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. A graduate of Smith College, she later earned her Master's Degree in Education at Harvard University. She is the author of Salvaged Pages: Young Writers' Diaries of the Holocaust, which won the National Jewish Book Award in the Holocaust category. She also served as the guest curator for an exhibition of original diaries at Holocaust Museum Houston. She wrote and co-produced I'm Still Here, a documentary film for young audiences based on Salvaged Pages, which was awarded the Jewish Image Award for Best Television Special by the National Foundation for Jewish Culture and was nominated for two Emmy awards. Alexandra has traveled around the country and spoken to thousands of teachers, students, and others about her work.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Prologue: Home Movie 19

Chapter 1 Assassination 27

Chapter 2 Exposure 48

Chapter 3 First Glimpses 75

Chapter 4 All Rights to LIFE 104

Chapter 5 Images in Print 129

Chapter 6 Mounting Pressure 158

Chapter 7 Court Cases and Bootlegs 189

Chapter 8 LIFE's Dilemma 223

Chapter 9 The Eternal Frame and the Endless Debates 254

Chapter 10 The Floodgates Open 276

Chapter 11 JFK: The Movie and the Assassination Records Act 299

Chapter 12 To Take or Not to Take the Film 319

Chapter 13 A Final Firestorm 348

Chapter 14 Arbitration and Resolution 381

Epilogue: Public and Private Legacy 413

Acknowledgments 423

Notes 433

Index 457

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Twenty-six Seconds: A Personal History of the Zapruder Film 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Beautifully written. A one-of-a-kind take on a critical topic. A must-read
JH0 More than 1 year ago
I would prefer to leave no stars for the following reasons: David Wrone's 1993 book, The Zapruder Film: Reframing JFK's Assassination, is a technical and in-depth analysis of the film. It was written after over 25 years of research, including suing the United States government for records of Zapruder's 26-second film of Kennedy's assassination, in particular records relating to its acquisition and purchase. David Wrone is an academic with a doctorate in American history. Wrone is on the board of directors of the Assassination Archives and Research Center, an organization founded in 1984 to research and compile records related to political assassinations. In the overview for the Alexandra Zapruder book, it is stated that, "With the help of personal family records, previously sealed archival sources, and interviews, she traces the film's complex journey through history....." What is written about "the film's complex journey" was taken directly from Wrone's years of research, contained in his 1993 book. Essentially, Ms. Zapruder's only contribution to her book is the memories of family members that were alive at the time. Abraham Zapruder was paid $50,000 for the print rights and an additional $150,000 for the film rights. He gave $25,000 of that money to J.D. Tippit's widow, on the advice of his lawyer. He was afraid that people would see Zapruder as a Jewish man seeking money. Ms. Zapruder fails to mention that the family, after Abraham's death in 1970, demanded 30 million dollars after the US Government offered them ONE million dollars for the original film. By this time, the original film was worn and crumbling and could not be preserved. The Government eventually had to pay 16 million to get the film. Prior to that, Abraham's son had rented the film out for one-time viewings, and although estimates of the exact fee vary, Oliver Stone allegedly paid at least $40,000 to only use the footage in his film JFK. All of this information is available from historical sources on the Internet.