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  • PDF | 710 pages
  • William Manchester(Author)
  • Michael Joseph; First Edition edition (1967)
  • English
  • 7
  • Society, Politics & Philosophy

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  • By ILW on 1 April 2014

    I have been meaning to read this book for a long long time and now that I have eventually got down to it I got great satisfaction. Its a very long,detailed book but captivating as well. Sad,tragic and exciting. Well worth the effort!

  • By Dwight Braxton on 4 October 2014

    This is a meticulously-researched and highly detailed book which charts the events surrounding the Kennedy assassination, starting from his departure from the White House on 20 November, his political trip to Texas, his murder, and concluding with the funeral in Washington. No stone has been left unturned by Manchester in his narrative, and the account includes a huge number of tiny details involving people only very remotely involved with the main events - passersby, taxi drivers, minor functionaries, and so forth. Many of the details recounted in the book were not public knowledge before its publication, and were assisted by the Kennedy family, and I found the account of the impact of the assassination on JFK's children to be heart-breaking. Less impressive, however, was Manchester's dogged refusal to challenge the orthodox account that Lee Harvey Oswald was the sole gunman, and his dismissive treatment of alternate theories. Overall, this is a great book for the serious student of the Kennedy assassination, packed with detail in its 650-odd pages, but it is heavy going at times and not exactly the kind of book you would pack for reading on a beachside vacation.

  • By Sus on 18 December 2013

    I didn't buy this from Amazon - I bought it in 1968! But I wanted to leave a review. Over the years I have read it occasionally - and am reading it again now.Every time I read it I enjoy it. Even though it is heartbreaking, the detail of those few days is astounding. I do understand that not all of Mr Manchester's research is in the book but what there is is compelling. Perhaps future generations will be able to access all of his research.At times it is difficult to read through the tears, but it is an amazing minute by minute account of an awful event. It is also about grief and how people get through the first few days after a dreadful tragedy. There are lighter moments - for example his account of the setting up of the eternal flame is very funny!!I love the way he writes - it is very readable - a real page turner! Also he has written the last account where everyone possible has been interviewed quite soon after this event. Maybe one day someone will write a book that uses all of his research, but in my opinion it will be very difficult to match Mr Manchester's excellent writing.

  • By Barry Ryder on 18 July 2010

    William Manchester's early history of the Kennedy assassination and its aftermath still ranks as one of the most insightful and accurate accounts of the weekend of mayhem in Dallas that changed the world.The author's access to virtually all of the key personalities gives this book an unassailable authority which few others have ever matched. His list of interviews reads like a Warren Commission index in itself.For a serious grounding in the assassination and much of the untold story behind it, this 1967 offering is about as good as it gets.It is true, of course, that Jackie Kennedy was not happy with the book when it was completed. Originally she had offered Manchester her cooperation and patronage, but on reading the final draft she felt that his treatment of LBJ was harsh and unfair. (Manchester was a JFK loyalist and biographer, of course.)Nonetheless, this is a wonderful, historic document and it will forever remain a window into one of the world's most shattering events.Barry

  • By JIMBO (Dublin,) on 14 March 2011

    Author William Manchester (1922-2004) was originally commissioned to write this book by the Kennedy's he got the nod from Robert Kennedy and Jackie. Later a falling out ensued over personal details of JFK's family life and lawsuits followed resulting in the removal of certain passages of the book.Manchester's job was to retrace the steps of the President in his final days. He gained access to all the information regarding John F. Kennedy's final days and hours, with help from the Kennedy's and all who surrounded the President from November 20th.- 25th. 1963. His trip to Dallas, his murder at the hands of a sniper, his funeral and the installation of Lyndon Baines Johnson in the White House as 36th. President of the U.S.A.This is not another conspiracy theory for all the would-be crime solving detectives. It is simply day by day a journal of the last days of the President, The codes that were in operation by the Secret Service, the preparation and editing of speeches for Forth Worth and Dallas, what Jacqueline Kennedy wore, What JFK wore, what was found in his pockets after his death. The off the cuff comical remarks to the waiting throngs of people, to the tragic Jackie Kennedy awaiting news of her husband in the emergency room of the hospital and her thinking 'maybe, just maybe, he might make it' In the words of the old cliche, everybody knows where they were on hearing the terrible news.Four Months earlier in June of 1963 I was a twelve year old schoolboy with my class and teacher and I had seen, cheered and waved at JFK as he paraded down streets of Dubin in an open Limo. Upon hearing the tragic news, I was watching a thirty minute television series, 'The Thin Man' Starring, ironically, Peter Lawford, The President's brother in-law.This is most certainly a rivetting book and a very sad journal of those five fateful days. And once again not for the 'Conspiracy Nuts'. The world always seemed a little less safe since the death of John Fitzgerald Kennedy.A Classic Book


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