a mixed-bag with a curate's egg in it,
This review is from: The Day Kennedy Was Shot (Paperback)
Jim Bishop's 1968 chronicle of the JFK assassination was largely written to 'counter' some of the perceived 'biases' that were included in William Manchester's 'Death Of A President'.
The Manchester v Bishop contest was predicated on how the former had portrayed LBJ and his actions in the immediate aftermath of the assassination. The rivalry between the two authors and their books actually made for a great story in itself - see 'The Manchester Affair' by John Corry.
Still, that aside, how does Bishop's work match up to Manchester's?
In this reviewer's opinion it doesn't fare very well. It contains far too many irritating factual errors to be regarded as 'authoritative'. In themselves these errors aren't huge but the cumulative effect is.
Written in the 'ticking-clock' style that Bugliosi so skilfully employed in his superb 'Reclaiming History', Bishop attempts to chronicle the first twenty-four hours of that fateful weekend.
His treatment of the Tippit and Oswald killings is pretty scant and superficial.
Some of the narrative is quite good - but by 1968, Bishop had had plenty of time to assemble his story from a vast array of already published sources. Actually, that's what makes the aforementioned 'errors' especially irritating - they need not have been made at all given the availability of reliable material.
In short, this isn't the best 'assassination book' ever written. For scope and detail, 'Death Of A President' and 'Reclaiming History' are unbeatable.