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The Assassination of JFK: Minute by Minute

The Assassination of JFK: Minute by Minute [Kindle Edition]

Jonathan Mayo
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"Reads like a pacey, page-turning, cold war political thriller." - Dermot O'Leary

"Packed with vivid detail, and arranged in the minute by minute style that Jonathan Mayo has pioneered on the radio, this account of the murder of John F Kennedy gripped me from the first page to the last." - Jeremy Vine

"Fascinating details that breath reality into a moment in history, creating a completely addictive page-turner of a book." --- Dovegreyreader

"The minute by minute format equates to real pace, suspense and anticipation...this book gives a fascinating insight into truly sad days." - Annabel's House of Books

"A factual, blow-by-blow account present[ed] in a style reminiscent of a Fifties true crime movie, using memoirs and statements given under oath... Mayo has a great eye for detail that brings history to life and creates a compelling narrative." - Daily Express

"Fascinating stuff and should be a staple in all history classrooms. You forget you are reading a factual description of a historical event, as it feels like a gripping crime thriller. Mayo has perfectly encapsulated the atmosphere and mood, but also brings warmth and humanity to an infamous event. Among the many book currently being published on the topic, this one very much stands out." --- Yorkshire Evening Post

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This is the story of JFK’s assassination as told from the frontline: it is about the people – from the highest to the lowest – who were caught up in that four-day whirlwind in November 1963. From Dallas nightclub reporter Tony Zoppi, who found himself carrying the president’s casket; Secret Service agent Clint Hill beating his hands in despair on the trunk of the limousine as he watches Kennedy die; Howard Brennan, a construction worker on a lunch break watching a man take aim on the motorcade with a rifle; reporter Hugh Aynesworth with only an electricity bill on which to write notes for the scoop of his career; DJ John Peel a few feet from Oswald as he’s questioned by the press; to Robert Kennedy sitting in the dark in the back of an empty army truck, waiting for his brother’s body to arrive. The Assassination of JFK: Minute by Minute is pure chronological narrative, giving a blow by blow account of the terrible events as they unfolded.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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I wasn't even born when JFK was assassinated. So my image of the event comes from that black and white film footage of the cavalcade through Dallas.

This book takes that black and white picture and puts the colour in because of two specific things this author does:

First it's told from the perspective of those who were there, from big name politicians to people lining the streets. Each gives their own little fragment of what they saw on the day, offering views of the event that you've probably not heard of before.

Included are stories from the secret service men guarding the president, construction workers watching the aftermath of the shooting, the shocked NBC reporter who asked a man where the nearest phone was (the man was Oswald, exiting the Book Depository), the reaction across the nation as the news was announced, how ordinary folk, celebrities and the powerful learned of the news and reacted, what police and doctors saw, stories from journalists and family members... it's a fascinating insight into the confusion, disbelief and fear on the day.

Second it's written in chronological order, giving a real-time minute by minute account which builds the tensions and ironies in this story and makes you wonder 'what if'... for example there are a couple of passers-by who see Oswald at the window with a gun and wonder whether to report it but assume in the end he must be Secret Service, put in place to protect the President.

The book is written in a very easy to read way. Very compelling. I read my copy in one go. Sorry everyone I know, you're getting this for Christmas!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hard to put down 7 Jan 2014
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I have approaching 400 books on the JFK assassination and found the recent wave of new books released for the 50th anniversary to contain little if anything new (to be expected as there actually isn't anything new!) This though is a great little book and is very easy to read and full of interesting details.

There are few errors with some names and it could do with a second edit, but Jonathan Mayo has produced a very readable account of the events in Dallas, 22 November 1963. There has been a huge amount written on the JFK case, in my opinion most of it is really rather poor and often sensationalist. This however does not belong in that group.

Its a good introduction to the case, though there are better books and its encouraging to reflect that a good proportion of the better books on the JFK assassination are written by Brits. One of the very finest for anyone interested is Peter Knight's "The Kennedy Assassination". If you read one book on the case Knight's is the "go to" book. Mayo's book would be a good start however.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Illuminating 19 Feb 2014
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Totally gripping from start to finish. Full of facts that may well change you view on whether Oswald acted alone or not though this is not the intention of the author.
Spoiler - who would have thought John Peel was in the underground car park.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars jfk 13 Jan 2014
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I actually ordered this for a friend of mine but had a quick look at it first and thought it looked good, thinking of buying myself a copy
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read! 7 Jan 2014
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Virtual minute by minute, thriller type account of one of the most shattering events in the Twentieth Century. I can remember, as a 7 year old, the news breaking on Friday night television. It was the first detailed news event I can recall but this adds even more to include the search for evidence, capturing the suspect and the sheer human emotions as the drama unfolded, even the threat of the escalation to war as the Soviets were among the suspects. Not enough hours in the day to complete it, even including some late nights!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book 21 Dec 2013
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I missed the television programme of the same name so wanted to read the book. It is very well written using comments taken from those who were around at the time. It covers five days the day before the assassination up until the funeral of JFK and Oswold. It then has a section on what became of the main characters following November 1963.
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1.0 out of 5 stars A work of fiction 22 Aug 2014
The author has a highly selective choice of material to present his own personal view. He has left out any factual material which didn't fit his view and he has, even more inexcusably, made up his own material to fit his view and presented it as fact; "Oswald is now running towards the staircase" etc.

Neither is the format original. If you want a more accurate first-hand account in minute-by-minute style look at Charles Crenshaw's: JFK Has Been Shot. Crenshaw was one of the surgeons to treated JFK in Dallas and he presents a detailed and thought provoking account. Not like this book.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling reading! 19 Nov 2013
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We're familiar with this story - on one level - what this book does is to tell us the story in a 'human way'. By weaving everyday details into the narrative, of all those who played a part or witnessed events, not just the hard facts, the story takes on a new dimension. By the end of the book, you feel you have a better insight into what it must have been like for those who were involved in those momentous few days. This is not a book you will take your time reading - once you've started you won't want to stop. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very historical
Published 14 days ago by nitram
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Arrived on time and in good condition. And was really well priced. Overall really happy
Published 15 days ago by Kay
3.0 out of 5 stars Better Accounts Available
This is not at all convincing. Maybe Dr Mayo was there, but he must have kept a pretty low profile.
Published 22 days ago by David Sneath
5.0 out of 5 stars Great product!
Christmas present for dad- good show old chaps!
Published 1 month ago by Josh
1.0 out of 5 stars An account of what Mr Mayo has been told happened.
It is a disgrace that BBC Radio 2 should have endorsed the book. It is also a tragedy that the BBC did not invite a debate on the truth behind the assassination in 1963 and... Read more
Published 2 months ago by RogerWG
4.0 out of 5 stars griping
love the way its layed out,jonathan mayo has hit on a very unusual layout, and it works,youbwant to find out the next witnes saw,and the short paragraphs make it fast paced.regards
Published 2 months ago by macone
5.0 out of 5 stars JFK truth or theory
Well researched, convincing theory. I have never believed it was a one man show and this gone some way to convince me
Published 2 months ago by Herbert
5.0 out of 5 stars Precision Page Turner
Jonathan Mayo's book on JFK reads like a thriller. Illuminating and insightful, the characters and events leap off the page with ease. Some we respect greatly. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Nicholas .N. Battle
3.0 out of 5 stars Something new
It is no coincidence the top political murders of the twentieth century involved left wing liberals: 1) the American president John Kennedy, 2) Italian prime minister Aldo Moro,... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Brandon Wolfe
4.0 out of 5 stars my interest in all things jfk.
It told me things new which I found very interesting and to read other books to further my interest in this event.
Published 7 months ago by john B
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