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5.0 out of 5 stars A story you know but told like you've never heard it before
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...
Published 8 months ago by M. A. Sangster

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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, and 3) the 33-day Pope who taunted right wing curial cardinals: "We have made of sex the greatest of sins, whereas it is nothing more than human nature and not a sin at all."

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A story you know but told like you've never heard it before, 8 Nov 2013
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M. A. Sangster (UK) - See all my reviews
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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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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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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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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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 Great product!, 11 July 2014
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Christmas present for dad- good show old chaps!
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4.0 out of 5 stars griping, 12 Jun 2014
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This review is from: The Assassination of JFK: Minute by Minute (Kindle Edition)
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
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5.0 out of 5 stars JFK truth or theory, 10 Jun 2014
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This review is from: The Assassination of JFK: Minute by Minute (Kindle Edition)
Well researched, convincing theory. I have never believed it was a one man show and this gone some way to convince me
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