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- Listening Length: 14 hours and 10 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Hachette Audio
- Audible.com Release Date: November 15, 2016
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01K8Q68IS
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Twenty-Six Seconds: A Personal History of the Zapruder Film Audiobook – Unabridged
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Abraham Zapruder was a quiet man who loved his family and cared for the workers in his dress manufacturing business. He had very strong and high moral character and anyone who knew him was impressed by his honesty and integrity. He was an avid photographer and always had the best and latest photography equipment. On November 22, 1963, he left his business to go to Dealey Plaza in Dallas, Texas, to watch the Presidential motorcade. His assistant, Lillian Rogers suggested he get his new movie camera and take pictures of the Presidential motorcade as it rounded Dealey Plaza. After getting his camera, Abraham found a place on a four-foot-high concrete abutment where he could see above the people to the parade route. As the motorcade entered Dealey Plaza, he began taking pictures and continued until the motorcade had left the area on the way to the hospital. Abraham had frozen while taking his pictures and was blessed with a remarkably steady picture of the death of President John F. Kennedy. He was horrified at the picture he took of Mrs. Kennedy as she screamed. Knowing he had some information, he tried to find a secret service member to give the film to. No one seemed to want it. Finally, through the Dallas Morning News, he was able to get it developed and a copy to the Secret Service. Thus, began the long history of the film.
Alexandra Zapruder lets us in on the reactions and decisions by the Zapruder family during its fifty-three years of existence. It is now public domain and the original film belongs to the US Government. She traces its long voyage through the annals of history to the present. She lets us in on the family reactions to everything that took place with the film. She presents proof of the desire of the family to follow Abraham’s mandate that the film not be exploited. He tried to give the film to the government free of charge at the beginning and the family offered free digital copies of the film to the government rather than have imminent domain step in and require the government to pay for it. She sets the record straight that the family was not interested in the power and money the film produced.
The book is one which should not be missed by anyone who lived through the horrific event in 1963. Prior to reading the book, I would have sworn that we immediately saw the film on news broadcasts. This was impossible since the first official public viewing of the film wasn’t until 1975. Alexandra writes the book in language the ordinary person can easily understand and yet shows her intense research into the film. She personalizes the story and the book so we understand the misconceptions drawn about the man behind the film and his incredible family. The reader can feel her pain at revealing family reactions and feelings towards such a personal piece of historical evidence. The love the family holds for its members and their moral standards are evident through her writing. The film was more than historical evidence to the family, it was the symbol of their grandfather’s pride and love for his country and the President it lost so suddenly. She brings humanity to the film.