JFK Assassination 50th Anniversary Spurs a Glut of New JFK Books

November 22nd marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy. With this milestone anniversary comes a dizzying amount of books chronicling not only the assassination but also his life and presidency. I have put together a list of recommended reading from the vast array of new books:

whereWhere Were You? America Remembers the JFK Assassination, by Gus Russo

Authors, politicians, cultural icons and citizens who watched the coverage of the assassination talk about how lives and history were changed that fatal day in November 1963. This is the accompanying volume to the Tom Brokaw NBC documentary.

parklandParkland, by Vincent Bugliosi

This is a reprint of a 2007 book formerly titled Four Days in November. It was made into a motion picture slated for DVD release on Nov. 5, 2013.

nov 22November 22, 1963: Reflections on the Life, Assassination, and Legacy of John F. Kennedy

100 interviews with JFK’s nearest and dearest , this book avoids the conspiracy-theory hot buttons and provides a quality anecdotal recitation of events.

kennedy halfThe Kennedy Half-Century, by Larry Sabato

This book covers the JFK presidency and how it shaped the last 50 years.

day kennedy diedThe Day Kennedy Died: 50 Years Later: LIFE Remembers the Man and the Moment

LIFE Magazine produces a compilation of their magazine coverage of the assassination

lettersThe Letters of John F. Kennedy, edited by Martin W. Sandler

A collection of letters between JFK, some never before published, and Harry Truman, John Kerry, John Wayne, Martin Luther King Jr. and others

camelotCamelot’s Court: Inside the Kennedy White House, by Robert Dallek

A detailed account of the politics of the Kennedy administration.

these fewThese Few Precious Days: the Final Year of Jack with Jackie, by Christopher Andersen

An expose of the marriage of John F. Kennedy and Jackie Kennedy.

novemberFive Days in November, by Clint Hill and Lisa McCubbin

Secret Service agent Clint Hill narrates the drama of the assassination as depicted in over 150 photos from the time period.

kennedy reaganKennedy and Reagan: Why Their Legacies Endure, by Scott Farris

The Kennedy and Reagan presidencies were very different but had a similar impact on American history. Farris examines how the two presidents differed and relates how their legacies still matter today.

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