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The Death of a President: November 20-November 25, 1963 Paperback – October 8, 2013
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''A work of love, even passion . . . Mr. Manchester's final telling of the death of Kennedy is most moving.'' --Gore Vidal
''[An] articulately organized and utterly compelling compilation.'' --New York Times
''Mr. Manchester matches the dislocation and identification which almost everyone experienced during the tragic events of that long weekend. Inescapably.'' --Kirkus Reviews --This text refers to the MP3 CD edition.
About the Author
William Manchester (1922-2004) was a hugely successful popular historian and biographer whose books include The Last Lion, a three-volume biography of Winston Churchill; Goodbye, Darkness; A World Lit Only by Fire; The Glory and the Dream; The Arms of Krupp; and American Caesar. He received the National Humanities Medal and the Abraham Lincoln Literary Award.
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The author starts two days before Dallas with the President and First Lady throwing a cocktail party for the Supreme Court Judges. The author points out how party members danced and laughed in the East Room of the White House that night. Within 48 hours most of them would return to that same East Room to view the dead president's coffin lying in State. Manchester provides insider details as to why the trip to Texas was necessary and how many of the President's friends and cabinet members advised him not to go due to the hatred that was surrounding Texas and most notably Dallas. The Vice President, being a Texan, evidently couldn't settle State party disputes that were getting out of hand and putting a black eye on a possible 2nd term for the President. The author provides first person accounts of what they saw and heard at the time of the shooting. He also provides details as to what actually happened in Parkland upon arrival after the shooting. After the President is brought back to Washington the author then shifts the story to planning of the State funeral. I found it interesting that Bobby Kennedy and other State officials thought the casket should be left open while lying in State. It wasn't until Bobby viewed the President again in private that he advised against an open casket. The cosmetic appearance of the President made him appear to be "a wax figure". Manchester does go a little overboad with his descriptions of how other parts of the country were in mourning. Although very informative, after a few pages the point was made. The book is rather long with over 650 pages (paperback). However, if you understand the historical impact of the events which took place that weekend in Nov 1963, then you will find the answers to how the Arlington plot was selected, how the eternal flame was built, and how a State funeral was planned in 2 days, very interesting.
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