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End of Days: The Assassination of John F. Kennedy by [Swanson, James L.]
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“A master of the form, James Swanson has brought his formidable storytelling skills to bear on another tragic turning point in American history. His treatment of Dallas 1963 is grand narrative at its finest.” (JON MEACHAM - Pulitzer Prize-winning author of American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House and Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power)

HISTORY AS TRUE-CRIME STORY. As he did in his bestselling Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln’s Killer, Swanson combines stellar research with a brisk, transporting narrative.” (Washingtonian Magazine)

End of Days is a fresh, modern contribution to the literature about one of the most heartbreaking crimes in history.” (Washington Post)

End of Days reads like a thriller while providing meticulous detail--the true-crime counterpart to Don DeLillo’s masterful, speculative novelization, Libra.” (Omnivoracious)

“Absorbing and fast-paced.” (Associated Press)

“Skillful... Authoritative... Swanson’s narrative gifts inject fresh suspense into the story of JFK’s slaying.” (National Review)

“With a gift for storytelling, an ability to juxtapose events in the lives of killer and victim and an eye for the revelatory detail, Swanson offers a gripping account... the energy and devotion he brings to this endeavor rekindles the emotions of a half-century ago...” (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

“A crisp, readable recital of the events surrounding the run-up to Nov. 22 and the aftermath.” (Dallas Morning News)

“Swanson makes history read like a crime thriller, vividly re-creating the details surrounding the shooting through the perspectives of the killer, the victim, and those closest to them.” (Parade Magazine)

From the Back Cover

New York Times bestselling author James Swanson reveals Lee Harvey Oswald's bizarre history of violence and follows John and Jacqueline Kennedy's wildly successful swing through Texas and their fateful Dallas motorcade ride. In the most riveting account ever written about the assassin's shots, Swanson takes us to the sixth-floor Texas Book Depository window to look through Oswald's rifle sights. Swanson also re-creates the last hours of the doomed assassin and the days of national mourning for the president that followed, culminating in a funeral that united the country in a tearful farewell to the fallen commander in chief.

In End of Days, Swanson combines extensive research with unparalleled storytelling to turn the events of one of the darkest days of the twentieth century into a pulse-pounding thriller that will remain the definitive popular account of the assassination for years to come.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 8874 KB
  • Print Length: 421 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow; Reprint edition (12 Nov. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00E7RVTBQ
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #307,385 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Great read , not quite finished it yet. Have always had a fascination regarding Kennedy's assassination and meant to read for quite a while.
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Excellent book. Tense and informative.
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Very very good good aha
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HASH(0x9ab78b88) out of 5 stars Surprisingly sloppy 22 Nov. 2013
By George Waters - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
On this 50th anniversary of the assassination of John Kennedy, it's a shame to read such a surprisingly sloppy book as this one. The author is deservedly known for some rather good books about Abraham Lincoln, but this one seems like it didn't go through the normal editing and fact-checking process. Passages are repeated, the chronology jumps all over and does not flow in anything approaching a linear manner, and some very basic facts (such as who painted the Sistine Chapel) are incorrect. I can't tell whether the author rushed to get this to print in time for the 50th anniversary, or if he is just being sloppy. At a few points an over-use of pronouns makes it difficult to even track who Swanson is writing about. I'm really surprised by the quality of this book.
41 of 50 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ac03bac) out of 5 stars Disappointing. 19 Nov. 2013
By James M. Stone - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I loved Manhunt, but this book was disappointing. The writing felt very disjointed and Swanson kept repeating himself about points already covered in previous pages. Very amateurish. He put Oswald in the book depoistory and then a few pages later setup Oswald going to the book depository. There wasn't enough said about JFK's life prior to Dallas. Didn't expect a full biography, but too much was glossed over. Didn't give Kennedy any life at all. The best part of the book was the breakdown of the assassination. But the part that was spent the most time on, may in fact be a work of fiction based on evidence. I guess I expected more from the guy who did such an amazing job on manhunt. There are tons of better books out there on the Kennedy Assassination.
33 of 40 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa208a828) out of 5 stars Not worth the time or money 23 Nov. 2013
By George Bailey - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
In my opinion, this was a hurried attempt by author and publisher to cash in on the 50th anniversary of the murder of a President. This book is of a much lower caliber than Manhunt. I agree with others that the author repeats himself, makes factual errors, crosses the line into fiction in some places, employs a jumbled chronology, and as another reviewer put it "has written at a middle school level." Considering the writing available on this subject, this book should be avoided, not worth the time or money.
25 of 35 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a94b2b8) out of 5 stars Very Poor Account 12 Dec. 2013
By Whistle Britches - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I am very disappointed in this book. The inaccuracies are mind boggling. It rambles on and on. Mr. Swanson claims to have written the "best" accounting of the assassination. His ego is in runaway mode. This is neither the best, nor is it a close second to the best. I wouldn't waste my money on it.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9abe8ab0) out of 5 stars Emotional History 18 July 2014
By D. Mabry - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This was am emotional history of the assassination of John F. Kennedy and as such, did a good job. There are so many previous volumes about the assassination and the fins days of the Kennedys that this was actually a refreshing perspective provided by Swanson. If you are looking for a quick review concentrated on the emotional state of those involved, particularly Jackie, then the is the volume for you.
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