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'The President has been Shot!: The Assassination of John F. Kennedy

James Swanson (2013), 270 pages
Audience: 5th Grade - 8th Grade
Category: Historical, Nonfiction
On Thursday November 21, 1963, President John Kennedy and his wife Jackie said goodbye to their children Caroline, 5 and John Jr., 2 and flew to Dallas, Texas. They were beginning the campaign for John's second term as president. 1300 miles away Lee Harvey Oswald was waiting for President Kennedy to come to Texas so he could shoot him. No one knows why. This book describes the events of November 22, 1963 in riveting detail, illustrated with maps, diagrams and black and white photos from that time. The following three days are likewise described. This was the first time such a tragedy happened almost before the country's eyes, as the television stations and newspapers filmed events as they happened. Before mobile phones, the Internet, iPads or personal computers, this was the first time everyone in the country would watch and grieve as one. The first presidential debate, the on air killing of the President's killer, and a public funeral as grand as Abraham Lincoln's all happened live on television as people around the country watched. The Epilogue contains an excellent bibliography, places to visit and more.
Similar books: Kennedy Assasinated!: The World Mourns : A Reporter's Story by Wilborn Hampton; Bomb: The Race to Build and Steal the World's Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin; Chasing Lincoln's Killer by James Swanson
Awards nominated: 2016 Rebecca Caudill Award Nominee
Reviewed by: donna
Date read: 6/15/2015
ISBN-13: 9780545490078