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5.0 out of 5 stars A pictorial delight, 10 Mar. 2014
Life magazine marks the fiftieth anniversary of JFK's murder with this stupendous publication.

Kennedy's life, death and legacy are captured through the lenses of the many photographers whose studies of America's `Royal Family' captivated a readership long ago and whose hold on the public imagination is still as strong as ever.

This huge book - measuring 14 x 11 inches - isn't the sort of thing that you'll be able to read on the bus. It's big and heavy
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Although the text is informative, diversely culled and interesting, it has to be acknowledged that the real worth of this lavish production is the imagery that it contains.

The phases of JFK's social and political life made copy from his earliest days and the reader will find page after page chronicling the young Bostonian through school, the war and his initial foray into the political arena of the Senate.

His courtship and marriage to Jackie are captured with great taste as are the births of his two children.

Inexorably, the book moves toward Dallas and some nice images of the San Antonio, Houston and Fort Worth legs of the trip show the beaming president, his wife, the Johnson's and the Connally's in carefree mood as they move, ever closer, to their date with destiny.

The Dallas arrival and motorcade presage the murder in Dealey Plaza and, naturally, Life concentrates on the shattering events that occurred there. The imagery remains haunting; as does the sombre return the Washington and the funeral at Arlington.

Life itself `becomes the story' with its acquisition of the iconic Zapruder film and there is some interesting discussion by Richard Stolley as he recounts his negotiations with Mr Z on the purchase of the `out-of-camera-original'.

There are some very interesting photographs of Robert, Marina and Marguerite Oswald which were taken by Allan Grant at the hotel in which the family members were sequestered in the hours and days after the assassination.

Abraham Zapruder and his film are featured at length and there is even a four page fold-out section of the film's frames 001 - 486.

There is some discussion of the various `conspiracy theories' which still abound but readers should be cautioned that this area is not dealt with in depth. There's a mountain of pap already available in print for those who still agonise over Oswald's culpability and for readers who seek to absolve him of two cold-blooded murders, this book will offer no comfort.

Included in the huge presentation is a magnificent reprint of the `Life' magazine of November 29, 1963. The full story of how the original edition that was scheduled for publication had to be (partially) scrapped and re-written to carry the news of Kennedy's murder is fascinating.

The juxtaposition of the assassination coverage with the originally printed material reveals just how hurried and chaotic the re-writing must have been. Factor-in Oswald's own murder on the 24th and the pandemonium among the editorial staff at Life can only be imagined.

In amongst the sombre and shocking images from Dallas, the reader finds full-page adverts for cars, power-tools, ice-cream, dishwashers and soup.

A fabulous piece of pictorial history.

barry
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A typical Life publication?, 29 Mar. 2014
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As long as you accept the official story (ie the one most but not all accepted initially) that the assassin was a man called Lee Harvey Oswald and that he was a lone nut, and no one else was involved, then fine. And Life has always been keen to promote this tale. Yes, you will see (or not) 'every frame of the Zapruder film' I guess - but they are very small and it is difficult to tell whether they are now in the correct order. Life likes to spin this tale; however history and both the HSCA and the ARRB say otherwise and you would have thought that after 50 years Life would be more objective. But then this is not a objective book.

The work is therefore, as far as the telling of the assassination is concerned, a reflection of the ability and wish of the publishers to tell you what could have happened (but didn't) that comes out here. If you want to find out what really did happen and why, don't accept this telling.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Top Notch!, 21 Jan. 2014
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Fj Verzijl "Tweek" (the netherlands) - See all my reviews
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If there is going to be ONE book in your JFK Collection than this is the ONE!
The editors of LIFE magazine have outdone themselves! Amazing collectors item!
Worth every penny!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Top, 26 Dec. 2013
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Collectors item. Beautiful book that should be in a real fan's collection.
Great pictures, nicely written. A real must have.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant tribute to President Kennedy, 4 Feb. 2015
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A brilliant tribute to President Kennedy. It's a large book with replica LIFE magazine at the back. Well worth the money and a must for any Kennedy fan.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best book ever on the day he was killed, 27 Nov. 2014
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The best book ever on the day he was killed. I can still remember where I was when all this happened.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Kennedy, 21 Mar. 2015
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I am more than pleased with this hardback book AAAAA+
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good read of old material, 3 Sept. 2014
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Interesting
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 22 Nov. 2014
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