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4.0 out of 5 stars From Love Field - into the pages of history., 29 Jun. 2010
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This review is from: From Love Field: Our Final Hours with John F. Kennedy (Hardcover)
This nice little book is Nellie Connally's personal memoir of the JFK assassination and beyond.

She and her husband were at the eye of the hurricane on that fateful day, of course, so this book can be said to be authoritative and reliable.

The author describes her own feelings and experiences of an event that has - in her own words - "..passed from the realm of law and politics into the world of mythology, so conspiracy theorists will still have their say".

Mrs. Connally tells of the love and support of her own family - especially her three children - which helped her and her stricken husband rebuild their lives after their harrowing close encounter with death.

She writes with great warmth of the Kennedy's and Johnson's and the shared experience that changed their lives forever.

Personally, I would have liked to have learned more about her appearance before the Warren Commission; I felt that Mrs. Connally could have written more about that. Her account is quite short, though she makes plain her version of the shooting sequence which remains at odds with the Commissions final conclusion, of course.

Other than that, there is very little discussion of any of the 'technical detail' surrounding this momentous event.

At the end of the book the reader will find the complete texts of the two speeches that JFK was due to make later that day as well as copies of the author's original hand-written notes that comprise the core of this memoir.

Written by a gracious, sincere and honest lady, this book will give assassination readers another valuable and colourful piece to the historic mosaic that has been slowly covered over time by the layers of mud and grime deposited by so many other writers who seek to re-write our past.

As Mrs. Connally wrote, "But as far as I'm concerned - as the last living member of the two happy couples who rode in that deadly car - the case is closed, though it cannot be, and never should be, forgotten".

Barry
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