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November 22, 1963: Witness to History Hardcover – September 3, 2013
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''Hugh Aynesworth knows more about this tragic story and the reporters who reported it than anyone I know. A splendid piece of work.'' --Bob Schieffer, Anchor/Moderator, Face the Nation, CBS News
''I was proud of what we did on that story, but really it was Hugh's story from day one.'' --Jim Lehrer, Journalist, author, and news anchor of PBS NewsHour
''No one--repeat, no one--in America knows more about the Kennedy assassination.'' --Michael Ruby, Journalist, U.S. News & World Report, Newsweek, Business Week
Aynesworth's just-the-facts reporting can cause goosebumps. A solid tale of a momentous event…from a man who was there. --Kirkus Reviews
November 22, 1963: Witness to History is a valuable account by someone who was there, a reporter with a keen eye and a nose for tracking down promising leads. His clear-eyed reporting is essential for anybody interested in sorting out what actually happened in Dallas. --Dallas Morning News
About the Author
Four-time Pulitzer Prize finalist, bureau chief of both Newsweek and the Washington Times, and investigative team leader for ABC's 20/20, Hugh Aynesworth was a thirty-two-year-old reporter for the Dallas Morning News when JFK's visit to Dallas ended in tragedy. His coverage of the assassination, the trial of Jack Ruby, and the conspiracy flurry that followed earned him two Pulitzer nominations and recognition as one of the most respected authorities on the Kennedy assassination. His reporting of Martin Luther King's assassination, the 1993 Branch Davidian standoff and fire, and the 1995 bombing of the federal building in Oklahoma City marked his career advancement from a small-town sports editor to bureau chief. Aynesworth is the author or coauthor of seven books, including The Only Living Witness and Conversations with a Killer about serial murderer Ted Bundy. He has served as president of the Dallas Press Club and the Press Club Foundation and has won over seventy local, regional, and national awards. Hugh Aynesworth lives in Dallas with his wife Paula, a sales executive at KERA and KXT North Texas Public Media.
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Make no mistake...while "November 22, 1963: Witness to History" concerns just that, Aynesworth's account has far less to do with President Kennedy than it does with Lee Harvey Oswald, Oswald's family and Jack Ruby. If the reader is looking for more on JFK, this isn't the book to buy. That aside, the author tells a side of the weekend that many people know less about. He tracks Oswald almost from the time that shots were fired and gives a good account of the hours and days that followed for the assassin. His descriptions of Oswald's mother, Marguerite, are hysterical. Aynesworth makes no bones about the fact that he didn't like Jack Ruby, a character with whom he was acquainted. But he's fair to the reporting of Ruby, as the good reporter he is.
Occasionally the book meanders. There is no clear path to the narrative, which for me was the only drawback. But Hugh Aynesworth's witness to history is indeed compelling and I highly recommend it.