Fifty years ago, on November 22, 1963, in Dallas's Dealey Plaza, John Fitzgerald Kennedy, the 35th President of the United States, was assassinated while traveling in a motorcade with his wife, Jacqueline. LIFE magazine, the weekly pictorial chronicle of events in America and throughout the world, was quickly on the scene. The Kennedys had been LIFE's story: Jack and Jackie made the cover in his sailboat before they were married and he was a fresh-faced senator from Massachusetts, and the White House doors had remained open to LIFE throughout his presidency: Cecil Stoughton's photographs of Caroline and John-John in the Oval Office, Jackie's tour of the renovation, tense behind-the-scenes moments during 13 days of the Cuban Missile Crisis--all of this appeared in LIFE.
The famous Zapruder film, included here, first appeared in LIFE, after being acquired by LIFE's Richard B. Stolley. Stolley also interviewed at the time Dallas police, Kennedy administration officials, members of the Oswald family, workers at Jack Ruby's bar. Jackie's first conversation after the murder was with Theodore H. White for LIFE, and in it she told the American people, for the first time, about the Camelot her late husband had imagined.
All of that is revisited in LIFE The Day Kennedy Died, including:
• An official release of the unedited Zapruder film
• An essay by Richard B. Stolley on how he exclusively obtained the iconic film for LIFE
• An essay by Abraham Zapruder's granddaughter, Alexandra, who writes for the first time about how the film affected her family over the generations
• Personal stories about where they were when they heard the news from Barbra Streisand, Maya Angelou, Jimmy Carter, Tony Bennett, Willie Mays, Sergei Khrushchev, James Earl Jones, John Boehner, Tom Brokaw, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Alec Baldwin, Bill O'Reilly, Dan Rather and many more
• Rarely seen photos from the TIME/LIFE archive of Allan Grant's photo essay of the Oswald family on the night of the assassination
• A foreword featuring a conversation with historian David McCullough
• LIFE's Theodore H. White's famous "Camelot" interview with Jackie (which she gave shortly after the assassination), as well as the story behind the interview and the words that never ran
• A detailed look at 50 years of conspiracy theories, written by J.I. Baker, author of The Empty Glass
The Kennedys: A LIFE story for more than 50 years, and still today.
Customer ReviewsSee All
Copy needed better proofreading
This e-book is beautifully designed and compiled, but it appears that there was precious little proofreading done in the case of the copy. I counted two mistakes on the first page alone! This is disappointing coming from a publisher with such a storied reputation as Life. Perhaps the rush to get the book out in time for the 50th anniversary of the assassination caused the editors to cut corners where they shouldn’t have. I haven’t seen the printed version to see if these same errors appear there. One can only hope they will push out a revised version of the e-book, since a do-over is a certainly possible in that incarnation. Otherwise, the images and the layout are stellar.
Interesting to read . . .
lovely pictures, but far too many typos. And though it was stated before, it would be nice to be able to enlarge the print. Also, the format is a bit confusing. I expected better quality from Life.
Beautiful book but unreadable
The book is very lovely to look at, but the text is tiny and unfortunately cannot be read without a magnifying glass. No options to adjust the print are given that I know of, or could find. It is also only in Portrait mode.
I also found a typo in this version that was not in the Kindle version.
Had to buy it for the Kindle app in order to read. I have requested a credit. We'll see how that goes.