Dallas 1963

Dallas 1963

Book - 2013
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Winner of the PEN Center USA Literary Award for Research Nonfiction

Named one of the Top 3 JFK Books by Parade Magazine.

Named 1 of The 5 Essential Kennedy assassination books ever written by The Daily Beast.

Named one of the Top Nonfiction Books of 2013 by Kirkus Reviews.

In the months and weeks before the fateful November 22nd, 1963, Dallas was brewing with political passions, a city crammed with larger-than-life characters dead-set against the Kennedy presidency. These included rabid warriors like defrocked military general Edwin A. Walker; the world's richest oil baron, H. L. Hunt; the leader of the largest Baptist congregation in the world, W.A. Criswell; and the media mogul Ted Dealey, who raucously confronted JFK and whose family name adorns the plaza where the president was murdered. On the same stage was a compelling cast of marauding gangsters, swashbuckling politicos, unsung civil rights heroes, and a stylish millionaire anxious to save his doomed city.

Bill Minutaglio and Steven L. Davis ingeniously explore the swirling forces that led many people to warn President Kennedy to avoid Dallas on his fateful trip to Texas. Breathtakingly paced, DALLAS 1963 presents a clear, cinematic, and revelatory look at the shocking tragedy that transformed America. Countless authors have attempted to explain the assassination, but no one has ever bothered to explain Dallas-until now.

With spellbinding storytelling, Minutaglio and Davis lead us through intimate glimpses of the Kennedy family and the machinations of the Kennedy White House, to the obsessed men in Dallas who concocted the climate of hatred that led many to blame the city for the president's death. Here at long last is an accurate understanding of what happened in the weeks and months leading to John F. Kennedy's assassination. DALLAS 1963 is not only a fresh look at a momentous national tragedy but a sobering reminder of how radical, polarizing ideologies can poison a city-and a nation.
Publisher: New York : Twelve, 2013
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781455522095
Branch Call Number: 973.922092 MINUTAGLIO
Characteristics: 371 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Davis, Steven L - Author

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StarGladiator
Feb 14, 2015

Beware any book which mentions Gen. Edwin Walker, but fails to mention his numerous arrests and convictions for public lewd behavior [attempts to pick up young males in public bathrooms]!!! Book contains many lies which have long ago been thoroughly refuted [or as the disinformation specialists like to say // debunked \\ ]. Too, too many lies to even begin! Book is almost pure trash [good section on the Kennedys' integrating of Ole Miss, detailing the number of US Marshals wounded] - - to mention Ruth Paine, but not mention her family name, Avery, connecting her to the Rockefeller family [and related to Janet Avery, wife of John Foster Dulles, brother of Allen Dulles, CIA director fired by Kennedy], and that her sister and brother-in-law were career CIA! Not to mention her husband [the two of them rented to Lee Oswald and helped obtain his job at the Texas School Book Depository] Michael Paine, and that he was related to Henry Cabot Lodge on the Cabot side, whom Kennedy was about to fire. [John Kerry, present SecState, is a cousin once removed from Michael Paine on the Forbes side, Paine was the connected guy, after all!] Robert Mueller, former FBI director was grandnephew of Richard Bissell, one of three CIA types that Kennedy fired, the other being Gen. Cabell, the grandfather of Mueller's wife, thus making her the grandniece of Dallas Mayor Earl Cabell, Gen. Cabell's brother, and the mayor who ordered the detour of the president's motorcade the day of his murder!

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moviefan01
May 07, 2014

I found this to be a thoughtful, well written account of the three years leading up to the Kennedy assassination. The book discusses what was trending in Dallas in the early 1960's and introduces us to a variety of colorful local characters like Ted Dealey and General Edwin Walker. Recommended for the general reader interested in the period.

fairboy Mar 12, 2014

Great review of the political, social and racial climate of Dallas in 1963. This isn't your typical Kennedy assassination recount.

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