The Kennedy Assassination

The 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination coincides with the release of several new books on the topic. Five Days in November and The Kennedy Detail are both written by Secret Service agents who were on JFK’s detail. End of Days by James L. Swanson presents an hour-by-hour account of the day Kennedy was killed, while A Simple Act of Murder by former LAPD detective Mark Fuhrman examines the evidence and witness testimonies to sort out the myths and misinformation about the murder.

If fiction is more your style, The Third Bullet by Stephen Hunter follows Marine sniper Bob Lee Swagger as he exposes the mastermind behind a third bullet that mysteriously exploded. And in Top Down by Jim Lehrer, a young reporter endeavors to determine the day’s outcome if the security bubbletop from John F. Kennedy’s parade car had been in place. There’s also the alternate history book 11/22/63 by Stephen King, in which high-school English teacher Jake Epping is enlisted by a friend to travel back in time to prevent Kennedy’s assassination.

Finally, on DVD try Parkland, the true story behind that tragic day told from the vantage point of individuals who are forced to make split-second decisions after this incomprehensible event (based on the book by Vincent Bugliosi). Or The Day Kennedy Died, in which the minute-by-minute story of the death of a president is told through rarely seen film and photographs shot on the tragic day.

For more books on JFK’s assassination, check out our online booklist.


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Rachel is a librarian at KDL’s Kentwood (Richard L. Root) branch. She enjoys reading nonfiction and mysteries.

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