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4.0 out of 5 stars The Kennedy Assassination 24 Hours After, 3 Jan 2010
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If you want to have an insight into the relationships between JFK and LBJ and their respective cohorts, then read this book. The writer is, in my opinion, is very objective in his assessment of LBJ during this period and does not shy away from exposing the man's strengths and weaknesses. The author also offers some new gems and insights to what occurred during this 24 hours of American history. It is not sensational but reasoned and informative. Would recommend this book.

John Docherty
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great history writing, 7 Mar 2010
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Steven Gillon's book is a real treat for those who like their history written in the 'you-are-there' style.

His narrative of LBJ's first twenty-four hours in office is well researched and well sourced.

The author follows the new president from Dealey Plaza to Parkland Hospital and from there to the 'pressure-cooker' atmosphere of Air Force One for the strained and tortuous flight to Washington.

Johnson reacts and responds as he and those around him struggle to come to terms with what has happened and what must now be done.

Gillon does a superb job of presenting the complex and contradictory LBJ as he deals with friends and foes alike during the first crucial hours of the transition of power.

This is a great book and a riveting read. Along with Max Holland's 'The Assassination Tapes', it is a wonderful. historical resource and a rare insight into Lyndon Johnson.

Treat yourself to a copy.

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5.0 out of 5 stars The "Day of" and the "Day after"..., 13 Mar 2010
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one of the most profound days in our nation's history. Steven Gillon does an excellent job piecing together the often varying memories of those involved at the end of the Kennedy presidency and the beginning of the Johnson one, which happened one beautiful day in Dallas.

John Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson were in Dallas that weekend to try to patch up a break between Texas Democratic leaders. John Connolly, the governor of Texas, was feuding with Senator Ralph Yarborough, and the intercene wranglings were beginning to undermine a successful Democratic carry of the state in the upcoming 1964 presidential election. None of the Texas Democrats were too fond of each other; big egos in a big state.
Kennedy was gunned down by Lee Harvey Oswald shortly after noon, CST, and the action picks up at Parkland Hospital, where Kennedy was brought and died.

Robert Kennedy, JFK's Attorney General, had always hated LBJ, and the feeling was definitely mutual. Much of Johnson's actions that afternoon in Dallas, from the timing of his taking of the Presidential oath of office to the departure from Love Field with Jackie Kennedy and the body of John Kennedy, were done with RFK and his allies in mind. Gillon is even handed in his writing of the 24 hours, but, really, I came out with a definite distaste for RFK and the grieving Kennedy aides in their rude treatment of Johnson. Johnson, though often a course man, was very sympathetic to Jackie Kennedy, both that day and in the days after.

I have always had a respect for Johnson in his domestic accomplishments, which Gillon says follow the Kennedy lead, while deploring the US presence in Vietnam. Gillon's depiction of Johnson show an often abrasive man with good intentions. This is a well-written, even-handed view of the 24 hours after JFK's murder.
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