The Assassination of JFK

My dad was born in 1960 and grew up in a suburb of Dallas.  One of Dad's earliest memories happened on November 24, 1963 when his mother was glued to the television, as was the rest of the world.  He remembers his mom jumping up and shouting when Lee Harvey Oswald was shot by Jack Ruby on national television.  The assassination of the president of the United States happened 20 minutes away from where my three-year-old dad was which birthed a life-long fascination of the events of that day that he passed down to his oldest daughter.

I've always been fascinated with that time period in American history for numerous reasons but the fact the president was killed where I grew up makes it all the more intriguing.

Over the years I have read numerous books about John F Kennedy and the assassination which always leave me feeling creepy and The Assassination of JFK by Robert A Wagner was no exception.  It's a hard subject to read about and a horrible mark in American history.  Wagner goes into painstaking detail about the events of November 22, 1963 and dispels many of the conspiracy theories that have been circulating since Walter Cronkite announced on national television that the 35th president of the United States was assassinated on the streets of Dallas.

"The assassination of President John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963, is as compelling as any drama written by William Shakespeare.  It is the great American tragedy." - James Swanson, End of Days

I have to admit that I have never believed that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone but Wagner brings up many points that I have never previously considered.  It does raise reasonable doubt as far as my beliefs are concerned but I still don't know if I'm completely sold on Oswald acting alone.

This book was extremely hard for me to get through because of the authors very technical writing style but it is thoroughly researched with many resources cited if you want to go into more study about one particular aspect of the case.

If you are one that loves the details and shares my fascination of the Kennedy assassination I would highly recommend this book.  If you get bogged down with details there are many other books on the subject that would better suit your tastes.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

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