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JFK, His Life and Assassination

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Life of John F. Kennedy

 

profilesProfiles in Courage, by John F. Kennedy

Written in 1955 by the then junior senator from the state of Massachusetts, John F. Kennedy’s Profiles in Courage served as a clarion call to every American. The inspiring true accounts of eight unsung heroic acts by American patriots at different junctures in our nation’s history, Kennedy’s book became required reading, an instant classic, and was awarded the Pulitzer Prize.

preludePrelude to Leadership, by John F. Kennedy

Released for the first time to the general public, “Prelude to Leadership” is the private diary of John F. Kennedy when he was a 28-year-old reporter in Europe. It offers a short yet intimate look into the mind of the man who was to become the 35th President of the United States.

recklessJFK, Reckless Youth, by Nigel Hamilton

The first volume of a full-scale biography of John F. Kennedy looks at Kennedy’s narcissism, self-deprecation, charm, coldness, loyalty, and cruelty, as well as his early political career.

menThe Kennedy Men: 1901-1963, by Laurence Leamer

Throughout, The Kennedy Men brings to life five bold, ambitious men. The Kennedy patriarch, Joseph P. Kennedy Sr., was one of the richest, strongest men in America’s history. His firstborn son, Joseph P. Kennedy Jr., was the heir apparent, a handsome, gregarious youth who died a hero’s death. John F. Kennedy picked up his brother’s fallen mantle and carried it all the way to the White House. Leamer details the heartbreaking story of President Kennedy’s health and how it affected not only him, but also America and the world. Robert F. Kennedy, his brother’s liege, was an attorney general of unprecedented power, fighting both organized crime and a secret war against Castro. Edward M. Kennedy, the youngest of that generation of Kennedy men, was a fun-loving athlete who reluctantly headed up the hard road to power.

johnJohn F. Kennedy, by Robert Dallek

The heart of the book focuses on Kennedy’s political career, especially the presidency. The book sheds light on key foreign affairs issues such as the Bay of Pigs debacle, Khrushchev’s misguided bullying of Kennedy in Vienna, the Cuban Missile crisis, the nuclear test ban, the race for space, and the initial dealings with Southeast Asia, especially Laos. It also highlights the difficulties Kennedy faced getting a domestic agenda passed, from a tax cut to spur the economy, to federal aid to education, Medicare, and civil rights.

pleasureThe Pleasure of His Company, by Paul Fay

The most intimate book ever published about John F. Kennedy.  This is the story of the author’s 21 year friendship with John F. Kennedy.  One November day in 1942, a tall, skinny kid asked Red Fay if he could join the touch football game at a PT boat training base in Rhode Island. Fay reluctantly agreed, unloaded the new player on the opposing team, and spent the rest of the afternoon dodging his elbows, knees and shoulders. Next Morning, when Fay reported for the boat-handling drill, the instructor was the same skinny kid, in the uniform of a lieutenant, junior grade – John F. Kennedy.

elusiveJack Kennedy: Elusive Hero, by Christopher Matthews

What was he like, this man whose own wife called him “that elusive, unforgettable man”? We see this most beloved president in the company of friends. We see and feel him close-up, having fun and giving off that restlessness of his. We watch him navigate his life from privileged, rebellious youth to gutsy American president. We witness his bravery in war and selfless rescue of his PT boat crew. We watch JFK as a young politician learning to play hardball and watch him grow into the leader who averts a nuclear war. As Matthews writes: “I found a fighting prince never free of pain, never far from trouble, never accepting the world he found, never wanting to be his father’s son. He was a far greater hero than he ever wished us to know.”

unfinishedAn Unfinished Life, by Robert Dallek

Drawing on previously unavailable material and never-before-opened archives, An Unfinished Life is packed with revelations large and small – about JFK’s health, his love affairs, RFK’s appointment as Attorney General, what Joseph Kennedy did to help his son win the White House, and the path JFK would have taken in the Vietnam entanglement had he survived. Robert Dallek succeeds as no other biographer has done in striking a critical balance – never shying away from JFK’s weaknesses, brilliantly exploring his strengths – as he offers up a vivid portrait of a bold, brave, complex, heroic, human Kennedy.

graceGrace and Power: the Private World of the Kennedy White House, by Salley B. Smith

At the dawn of the 1960s, a forty-three-year-old president and his thirty-one-year-old first lady – the youngest couple ever to occupy the White House – captivated the world with their easy elegance and their cool conviction that anything was possible. Jack and Jackie Kennedy gathered around them an intensely loyal and brillant coterie of intellectuals, journalists, diplomats, international jet-setters and artists. Smith brilliantly recreates the glamorous pageant of the Kennedy years, as well as the daily texture of the Kennedys’ marriage, friendships, political associations, and, in Jack’s case, multiple love affairs.

fewThese Few Precious Days: the Final Year of Jack with Jackie, by Christopher Andersen

They were the original power couple— outlandishly rich, impossibly attractive, and endlessly fascinating. Now, in this rare, behind-the-scenes portrait of the Kenne­dys in their final year together, #1 New York Times bestselling biographer Christopher Andersen shows us a side of JFK and Jackie we’ve never seen before. Tender, intimate, complex, and, at times, explosive, theirs is a love story unlike any other—filled with secrets, scandals, and bomb­shells that could never be fully revealed . . . until now.

jacJacqueline Kennedy: Historic Conversations on Life with John F. Kennedy, Interviews with Arthur Schlessinger Jr. 1964

For the rest of her life, the famously private Jacqueline Kennedy steadfastly refused to discuss her memories of those years, but beginning that March, she fulfilled her obligation to future generations of Americans by sitting down with historian Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., and recording an astonishingly detailed and unvarnished account of her experiences and impressions as the wife and confidante of John F. Kennedy.

darkDark Side of Camelot, by Seymour Hersh

With its meticulously documented and compulsively readable portrait of JFK as a man whose reckless personal behavior imperiled his presidency, this monumental work of investigative journalism reveals the Kennedy White House as never before. The book argues that President Kennedy’s private life and personal obsessions — his character — affected the affairs of the U.S. and its foreign policy far more than has ever been known.

 

Assassination of John F. Kennedy

 

reallyWho Really Killed Kennedy: 50 Years Later, Stunning New Revelations About the JFK Assassination? by Jerome Corsi

In Who Really Killed Kennedy?, No. 1 New York Times bestselling author Jerome R. Corsi, Ph.D., provides readers with the ultimate JFK assassination theory book. One-by-one, each chapter will examine the strongest arguments regarding the killing of JFK, including theories surrounding the mob, the CIA, Cuban radicals, LBJ, right-wing extremists and more. By book’s end, Who Really Killed Kennedy? will provide convincing analysis that existing evidence rules out the possibility that JFK was killed by a lone assassin. Fifty years after this epic American tragedy, there’s still a gunman on the loose.

detailThe Kennedy Detail: The JFK Secret Service Agents Break Their Silence, by Gerald Blaine

THE SECRET SERVICE. An elite team of men who share a single mission: to protect the president of the United States. On November 22, 1963, these men failed—and a country would never be the same. Now, for the first time, a member of JFK’s Secret Service detail reveals the inside story of the assassination, the weeks and days that led to it and its heartrending aftermath.

fourFour Days: The Historical Record of the Death of President Kennedy, by United Press International

An account of the death of President Kennedy. Told through words and photographs. Compiled by the United Press International and the American Heritage Magazine.

deathDeath of a President, by Willliam Manchester

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. His ultimate objective — to set down as a whole the national and personal tragedy that was JFK’s assassination.

witnessJFK: The Last Dissenting Witness, by Bill Sloan

The Last Dissenting Witness is the gripping story of Jean Hill’s incredible ordeal which began when she saw a gunman on the famous grassy knoll fire the shot that exploded the president’s skull. In JFK: The Last Dissenting Witness, we learn about Hill’s years of death threats, official intimidation, and harassment by the F.B.I. and the Warren Commission. In this highly personal story, Hill reveals her furtive romance with a married Dallas police officer in the presidential motorcade, and her struggle to keep her sanity, her career, and her life together as a single mother of two children while being caught up in the greatest murder mystery of the century.

lastLast Word, by Mark Lane

Mark Lane tried the only U.S. court case in which the jurors concluded that the CIA plotted the murder of President Kennedy, but there was always a missing piece: How did the CIA control cops and secret service agents on the ground in Dealey Plaza? How did federal authorities prevent the House Select Committee on Assassinations from discovering the truth about the complicity of the CIA? Now, New York Times best-selling author Mark Lane tells all in this explosive book.

simpleA Simple Act of Murder: November 22, 1963, by Mark Fuhrman

Mark Fuhrman has cracked some of the best-known, most puzzling crimes in American history. In A Simple Act of Murder, he investigates the tragedy that rocked a nation: the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Cutting through the myths and misinformation, Fuhrman focuses on the hard evidence, unveiling a major clue that was ignored for more than four decades—a breakthrough that will change the ongoing debate forever. Once you read this book, you’ll know definitively who killed JFK.

endKilling Kennedy: the End of Camelot, by Bill O’Reilly

In the midst of a 1963 campaign trip to Texas, Kennedy is gunned down by an erratic young drifter named Lee Harvey Oswald. The former Marine Corps sharpshooter escapes the scene, only to be caught and shot dead while in police custody. The events leading up to the most notorious crime of the twentieth century are almost as shocking as the assassination itself. Killing Kennedy chronicles both the heroism and deceit of Camelot, bringing history to life in ways that will profoundly move the reader.

crossCrossfire: the Plot That Killed Kennedy, by Jim Marrs

What really happened in Dallas on November 22, 1963? Was the assassination of John F. Kennedy simply the work of a warped, solitary young man, or was something more nefarious afoot? Pulling together a wealth of evidence, including rare photos, documents, and interviews, veteran Texas journalist Jim Marrs reveals the truth about that fateful day. Thoroughly revised and updated with the latest findings about the assassination, Crossfire is the most comprehensive, convincing explanation of how, why, and by whom our thirty-fifth president was killed.

investLast Investigation, by Gordon Fonzi

There will never be another government investigation of JFK’s assassination, and in The Last Investigation an insider tells why. It contains no wild conspiracy theories, no reckless assertions of government cover-up or duplicity. Fonzi, drawing from firsthand knowledge, unreleased documents, and still-secret files, offers suspenseful accounts of discovering new evidence of conspiracy while tracking elusive witnesses, only to find them suddenly dead under mysterious circumstances. With powerful new evidence, he concludes his fifteen-year search for the identity of legendary spymaster Maurice Bishop, who was last seen in Dallas in September of 1963 with Oswald.

mortalMortal Error: The Shot That Killed JFK, by Bonar Menninger

In 1967, a Baltimore man named Howard Donahue began investigating the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Like countless Americans, Donahue was fascinated by the events in Dallas. But what separated him from other amateur sleuths, and even the Warren Commission experts, was a lifetime’s experience with guns and ballistics. In Mortal Error, Bonar Menninger chronicles Donahue’s twenty-five-year investigation of President Kennedy’s death and the stunning revelation it led him to.

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