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The author of the acclaimed Manhunt (2006), about the pursuit of the killer of Abraham Lincoln, here tackles the JFK assassination. Forget conspiracy theories about whodunit. Swanson's focus is on the events themselves, the killing and the hunt for the gunman. Think of this as a true-crime book, not another of the millions (well, it seems like that sometimes) of books about who really shot Kennedy. Swanson takes an hour-by-hour, minute-by-minute approach, tracking killer and victim in the lead-up to the fatal shot and then tracking the killer and his pursuers in the days after the assassination, culminating with the killer's own murder. It's a highly detailed, highly compelling story, and it would be just as compelling if the victim didn't happen to be JFK. Swanson is an excellent writer, and the book, which draws on many dozens of previously published works (his bibliography separates fiction and conspiracy literature from the rest of the pack), is a valuable addition to the JFK collection and to the true-crime genre as a whole.--Pitt, David Copyright 2010 Booklist
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Despite the apocalyptic title, Swanson (Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln's Killer) neither offers another conspiracy theory nor promotes any existing ones, and he does not speculate on how much better the world would have been had Kennedy lived. The author more than delivers on his promise of telling the story of the tragic events of November 22, 1963, and the surrounding days and how those closest to the event, along with the American public, grieved and tried to make sense out of the death of a young and popular president. Lee Harvey Oswald, whom the author regards as the lone assassin, and Jacqueline Kennedy, the grieving widow and orchestrator of the subsequent indelible Camelot myth, receive the most attention. Oswald, the author claims, easily had enough time to fire the three shots that killed JFK and wounded Gov. John Connally. Swanson includes compelling stories about Jacqueline Kennedy's once glamorous life turned to post-assassination sadness: incessant invasions of privacy by the press, public attacks on her remarriage to Aristotle Onassis, and her early death from lymphoma at age 64. Verdict This gripping narrative will captivate readers interested in following the events as they occurred. It will be in demand in public libraries and is an excellent companion volume to Bill Minutaglio and Steven L. Davis's Dallas 1963.-Karl Helicher, Upper Merion Twp. Lib., King of Prussia, PA (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.