Thursday, January 23, 2014

End of Days: The Assassination of John F. Kennedy

If you’re interested in a book that is full of all the conspiracy, secrecy, and intrigue that surrounds the Kennedy Assassination, End of days: The Assassination of John F. Kennedy is not the book for you. If, however, you are interested in a fascinating, fast-paced telling of the final days of John F. Kennedy and Lee Harvey Oswald, this  is a book that you’ll never forget.

So many personal details have been lost to the average person in the midst of all the mystery that has come to plague the story of the Kennedy Assassination.  Often conjecture is presented as fact and conspiracy takes over where sticking to the facts could create just as fascinating a tale. James Swanson offers  that tale and gives succinct, personal  insight into the facts about Lee Harvey Oswald and the Kennedys that leaves you wanting to read more about the legacy of the men and their wives.  Fascinating tidbits of conversation kept me interested and made me just not want to put the book down. One such comment was made by Kennedy to his wife the morning of November 22nd when he said, “We’re heading into nut country today. But Jackie, he added, if somebody wants to shoot me from a window with a rifle, nobody can stop it, so why worry about it?”

Most of all, I felt the connection between John and Jackie Kennedy in a way I have never experienced before. How she refused to leave his side when he was shot and protected him at the hospital and refused to have them take him out of the car without covering up his head. How she stayed at the hospital as they did his autopsy and rode in the back of the car with the coffin and kept vigil next to the coffin on the plane back to Washington.  How she worked with the press to create the legacy of the Kennedy years in the White House as Camelot and a time that could never be returned to.

Whether you are a Kennedy fan or not, young or old, you will enjoy reading the story of the man’s final days and will enjoy seeing the glimpse into the man without a single hint of conspiracy to cloud your judgment. If you enjoyed this novel, try Swanson’s other books, including Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln’s Killer. (There’s a real conspiracy in that one, so you can get your fix there.) 

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