Tonawanda News — He “was very concerned about Kennedy’s safety in the city …”
In light of recent events in Washington, I found “ Dallas 1963” to be doubly interesting: deep political divisiveness; dicey overseas relations; and a president who wants social change, causing accusations of lack of concern for the country’s well-being.
But why was JFK assassinated in Dallas, of all places? Minutaglio and Davis answer that question as they take a look at the emotions, beliefs and social mores of the times. This narrative starts in 1960 and ends with a bullet — and even though we know what happened, getting to that last point is squirmy: My heart pounded. I wanted to yell, “WATCH OUT!”
When you can immerse yourself like that in a book, it’s always a good sign – which is why I recommend this one. For fans of politics, history or anyone desiring to somehow mark this inauspicious anniversary, “Dallas 1963” has the ingredients for a very absorbing read.
And, of course, this isn’t the only book to mark the 50th Anniversary of the Kennedy assassination. You might also look for “End of Days: The Assassination of John F. Kennedy” by James Swanson or “Camelot’s Court: Inside the Kennedy White House” by Robert Dallek.
Terri Schlichenmeyer reviews books from her home in LaCrosse, Wis. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.• WHAT: "Dallas 1963" • BY: Bill Minutaglio and Steven L. Davis • PUBLISHER: Twelve • GRADE: A+