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November 22, 1963: Reflections on the Life, Assassination, and Legacy of John F. Kennedy Hardcover – September 3, 2013

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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing; 1 edition (September 3, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1626360340
  • ISBN-13: 978-1626360341
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #392,459 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“A mostly reverential compendium of voices touched by the promise and spirit of John F. Kennedy’s presidency—and the shock of his death. . . . All walks of life are represented in this immense cross section of Americans' grief and groping for comprehension.” (Kirkus Reviews)

“Dean Owen reminds us of a loss that was painful and a legacy that endures.

” (John Seigenthaler, Sr., Journalist, Author, First Amendment Historian)

“A fascinating project that will resonate deeply with all of us who remember JFK, and will provide an enlightening service for those too young for personal recollection.
” (Michael Medved, Syndicated Radio Host)

“Dean Owen did what a lot of reporters seem to have forgotten how to do these days, he asked the people who were there that awful day what they saw and how they felt. This is a must-read for anyone who wants a better understanding of what happened on the weekend that America lost its innocence. A terrific read.
” (Bob Schieffer, CBS News)

“John Kennedy helped us believe in ourselves and Dean Owen brings to life the man who inspired us, and an inspiration we so desperately need today.
” (Roger Wilkins, Civil Rights Leader, Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist)

This book gives readers a real-world glimpse into this extraordinary man, John Kennedy, and the truly great president he was.



” (Martin Sheen)

About the Author

Dean R. Owen is an award-winning journalist and with more than thirty years of experience, including working as a reporter and editor in Washington covering Congress, the Supreme Court, and the White House. He was seven years old on Friday, November 22, 1963 and cites the events of that day and their aftermath as the catalyst for his professional career in journalism, public policy and corporate communications. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, and International Herald Tribune, as well as on CNN.com and the Huffington Post.

Helen Thomas is the dean of the White House press corps. The recipient of more than forty honorary degrees, she was honored in 1998 with the inaugural Helen Thomas Lifetime Achievement Award, established by the White House Correspondents' Association. The author of Thanks for the Memories, Mr. President; Front Row at the White House; and Listen Up, Mr. President, she lives in Washington, D.C., where she writes a syndicated column for Hearst.

More About the Author

Dean R. Owen was 7 years old when President John Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas and the news coverage that November weekend became the catalyst for his interest in journalism. In December of 2010, he devised the concept for November 22, 1963 - interviewing people on JFK's life, assassination and legacy; no questions on rehashed assassination conspiracy theories or JFK's over-hyped sex life. He made a list of 100 people and started contacting them.

Dean is an award-winning journalist and corporate communications specialist with more than thirty years of experience, including working as a reporter and editor in Washington covering Congress, the Supreme Court, and the White House. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, and International Herald Tribune, as well as on CNN.com and the Huffington Post. He holds two Bachelor of Arts degrees University of California, Berkeley. Dean and his wife of 30 years have two daughters and one son-in-law. They live near Seattle.

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This book takes you back to that day.
charles vazquez
Although no one will really ever know for sure exactly who was responsible, this book is well worth a read.
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The stories provide touching insights and some are very humorous.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jane B. Wypiszynski on August 29, 2013
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In a year when there are/will be a glut of books about John Kennedy's life, his administration, and his death, this one stands alone because the author made a deliberate decision to avoid two topics: JFK's women and the conspiracies about the assassination. And that has made a major difference.
The people interviewed for the book come from so many different walks of life (news people, White House employees, civil rights activists) and while some knew him very well, some had little interaction with him. But what the reader gets is a sense of the times he lived in, the expectations of a generation who suffered through the Depression, another generation who had fought in WW II,
and an even younger generation who were growing up in the Cold War era. While each set viewed him in different ways, he had something that made him seem the symbol of the future. And that, above all else, is what was lost, as told by the subjects in the book.
Who knows what would have happened if he had not been killed. That is not what this book examines. It tells what we had, how we felt when it was brutally taken from us, and what that loss felt like, both at the time it happened and for years afterward.
This book is a tribute to JFK: there are few bad reviews of his presidency in it. But at a time when there will be an avalanche of books either canonizing him or vilifying him, this one creates a sense of sadness, a feeling of grief, a moment of silence.
The interviews are very well edited, the subjects were thoughtfully chosen, and many of the memories are ones we have never heard before (the doctors who saved John Jr. at birth, the one who tried so hard to save Patrick, and the priest who gave the president the last rights, for example). I have a huge library of Kennedy materials, and this book is a new cherished part of that collection.
I liked it VERY much.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Paul Tognetti TOP 500 REVIEWER on August 30, 2013
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"John Kennedy helped us believe in ourselves, that we, as Americans could do big things. He lifted our spirits and made us proud of ourselves. His youth, his attractiveness, his elegance of phrase. And of course, Jackie. He was Mr. Cool. His self-effacing humor, as demonstrated by this comment when he visited France, `I am the man who escorted Jacqueline Kennedy to Paris and I enjoyed it.'" -- Roger Wilkins

For those of us in the Baby Boom generation it was the seminal event of our lives. The assassination of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy would alter the course of history in ways that we still cannot fully comprehend. Now, as we approach the 50th anniversary of the untimely death of our beloved young President author Dean R. Owen has cobbled together the thoughts and reflections of more than 100 notable men and women who were in one way or another connected to that dreadful day in Dallas. For those over the age of 60, his new book "November 22, 1963: Reflections on the Life, Assassination and Legacy of John F. Kennedy" is sure to bring back a flood of memories about a very dynamic and optimistic time in American history. You will discover that there exists among those interviewed a wide cross-section of opinion about the actual accomplishments and the ultimate legacy of the Kennedy administration. At the same time, it becomes abundantly clear that just about everyone had an enormous amount of love and respect for this man. As former Attorney General Nicholas Katzenbach remembers it "He was personable, well-mannered. He was intelligent and he was articulate. He got along well with people". A great many others offered similar recollections of the fallen President.

So what do these people recall about Kennedy's brief tenure as President?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Vince Palamara on October 27, 2013
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I highly recommend this fine volume as a great 50th anniversary keepsake. If you are a fan of President Kennedy, you MUST purchase this book! Recommended.

Vince Palamara
author of "Survivor's Guilt: The Secret Service and the Failure to Protect President Kennedy"
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By 4moreshelflife on February 15, 2014
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Priceless reflections from those close to the family, friends, political partners and foes. This is a unique look back through those people and what this historical event did to change their lives. Not your normal JFK read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By akodin on October 16, 2013
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Reading this book made me feel part of it, felt every emotion, saw every scene. JFK was one of my idols, very smart, charismatic, and good looking. America has not had another one like him.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By L.A.Viegas on October 15, 2013
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November 22, 1963, impacted millions of Americans. The stories collected by Dean Owen are insightful and provide a more complete picture of Kennedy, not previously captured in writing. The anecdotes, told by those with close working connections and those with short but intense interactions with Kennedy paint a unique picture of the man and how he reacted under pressure. The stories provide touching insights and some are very humorous. I particularly liked the story by Dr. Bernhard about his interactions with Kennedy when his son Patrick was struggling to live, shortly after his birth. This book is a great way to remember Kennedy on this 50th anniversary of the Assassination. A quick and easy read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brian W. Fairbanks VINE VOICE on December 1, 2013
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In this fine book by Dean R. Owen, Letitia Baldrige, social secretary in John F. Kennedy's White House, says of her late boss, "He would not dwell on anything that was sad or gloomy." If that's true, Kennedy probably would not have been interested in the 50th anniversary of his sudden, tragic death. He certainly wouldn't focus much on conspiracy theories, since to do so can certainly make one a sad and gloomy sort. Owen's book, published by Skyhorse, the same house that gave us Roger Stone's The Man Who Killed Kennedy: The Case Against LBJ, doesn't bother with conspiracy theories and, thankfully, avoids gossip about his sex life. Instead, Owen simply asked various people, some famous and some not, some Kennedy associates and some who only knew from a distance, to reminisce about the man.

Most of the remembrances are admiring. Actor Cliff Robertson met JFK after he beat out Peter Fonda and Edd Byrnes for the role in PT-109, a movie about Kennedy's experiences in World War II. "I was told that he didn't want me to try to do the accent," Robertson remembered. "That would have been a distraction." Reverend Billy Graham recalls discussing the Second Coming of Christ with Kennedy. "I'm interested in that," the commander-in-chief told the evangelist. Sanford Socolow of CBS News gets right to the point concerning Kennedy's legacy: "He saved us from nuclear disaster." Al Spivak of UPI agrees. "He performed magnificently during the Cuban Missile Crisis." His legacy is "one of inspiration."

Some others had reservations about Kennedy and his presidency. Julian Bond was with the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee when Kennedy was assassinated, and admits that Kennedy "was not our favorite politician.
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