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The President Has Been Shot! The Assassination of John F. Kennedy

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The President Has Been Shot! The Assassination of John F. Kennedy

Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 – 17 years
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 1080L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Press; 2nd Print edition (September 24, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 8
  • ISBN-13: 78
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1 x 8.5 inches

From School Library Journal Gr 6 Up–Swanson’s title reads like a thriller,
with intense pacing and an engaging narrative. The event is not depicted as
dry, textbook history, but rather as a horrifying and shocking crime. Full-
and double-page photographs of President Kennedy and Lee Harvey Oswald, and
stills from the famous Zapruder film–which captured the assassination in real
time–breathe emotion into the work. Kennedy’s and Oswald’s backgrounds are
illuminated as the narrative descends toward their tragic connection. A well-
illustrated map of Dealey Plaza detailing the President’s route clarifies the
position of relevant buildings and features at the time of the assassination.
This book is graphic with respect to both images and verbage. Swanson provides
a compelling case for Oswald as a lone gunman, arguing against the various and
popular conspiracy theories. A diagram of the infamous “magic bullet”
illustrates how a single bullet could cause multiple wounds for both JFK and
Governor Connally. Despite the great number of books on Kennedy’s
assassination, this volume stands out for its gripping storytelling style and
photographic documentation.–Jeffrey Meyer, Mount Pleasant Public Library,
IAα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of
Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. Read more From Booklist
Historian Swanson, who focused on Abraham Lincoln in Chasing Lincoln’s Killer
(2009) and Bloody Times: The Funeral of Abraham Lincoln and the Manhunt for
Jefferson Davis (2011), introduces the man who became the youngest president
in American history. The narrative text highlights John F. Kennedy’s naval
career, abbreviated presidential term, and his courtship and family life with
Jacqueline Bouvier. Swanson balances this coverage of the former president
with a profile of Lee Harvey Oswald as well as a dramatic account of Kennedy’s
assassination on November 22, 1963. Swanson makes clear that he agrees with
the Warren Commission that Oswald was the lone gunman, and he spells out his
disdain for conspiracy theories. Pair this title with O’Reilly’s Kennedy’s
Last Days: The Shocking Assassination That Changed America (2012), which
posits that there was a “mysterious figure who some thought was Oswald’s CIA
handler.” Archival photographs, explicit diagrams of the assassination scene,
source notes, and a bibliography that includes conspiracy-focused literature
add further value to this strong addition to Kennedy titles. Grades 6-10.
–Gail Bush Read more See all Editorial Reviews












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