Bill Minutaglio, Steven L. Davis
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Named one of the Top 3 JFK Books by Parade Magazine.
Named 1 of The 5 Essential Kennedy assassination books ever written by The Daily Beast.
Named one of the Top Nonfiction Books of 2013 by Kirkus Reviews.
In the months and weeks before the fateful November 22nd, 1963, Dallas was brewing with political passions, a city crammed with larger-than-life characters dead-set against the Kennedy presidency. These included rabid warriors like defrocked military general Edwin A. Walker; the world's richest oil baron, H. L. Hunt; the leader of the largest Baptist congregation in the world, W.A. Criswell; and the media mogul Ted Dealey, who raucously confronted JFK and whose family name adorns the plaza where the president was murdered. On the same stage was a compelling cast of marauding gangsters, swashbuckling politicos, unsung civil rights heroes, and a stylish millionaire anxious to save his doomed city.
With spellbinding storytelling, Minutaglio and Davis lead us through intimate glimpses of the Kennedy family and the machinations of the Kennedy White House, to the obsessed men in Dallas who concocted the climate of hatred that led many to blame the city for the president's death. Here at long last is an accurate understanding of what happened in the weeks and months leading to John F. Kennedy's assassination. DALLAS 1963 is not only a fresh look at a momentous national tragedy but a sobering reminder of how radical, polarizing ideologies can poison a city-and a nation.
and well-shined shoes. And he seems utterly oblivious to the brisk North Texas winds whipping down the corridors along Commerce Street on this cold Friday morning. He’s concentrating on the well-dressed women and the big signs they are carrying. It is just four days before people vote for either John Kennedy or Richard Nixon in what some are predicting will be the closest presidential election in American history. Everyone knows that Texas will be crucial, and Alger has a wicked surprise in
speaking for a few people in Dallas, but not for the rest of Texas. Maybe worst of all, there are even people sending him copies of a nationally syndicated column written by the hugely popular journalist Drew Pearson. The column says that, eight years earlier, Dallas police had arrested Dealey for drunk and disorderly conduct and cursing like holy hell at the police. His wife was driving their Cadillac when it slammed into another car. Dealey threatened to attack the policeman who arrived at
Dallas Morning News with suspicion. A few months earlier, Mary Surrey sent the paper an angry letter for printing what she termed a “blasphemous” article about General Walker: “It appears that the News has been taken over by the left-wingers. It is so disappointing to find that a paper you have always considered on the side of America has suddenly capitulated to the enemy… Shall we run up the white flag now?”7 As Walker launches his campaign, Mary Surrey quickly becomes his personal secretary.
will be a perfect chance to make his case to the American people, to offer them a contrast between himself and John F. Kennedy. All eyes turn toward him as he enters the room flanked by his attorneys. There is a bustle as reporters jockey for positions and senators study Walker while they sip from glasses of water. Among the spectators is a haunting-looking man that some recognize as George Lincoln Rockwell, the stormy leader of the American Nazi Party. Rockwell has turned out to show his
scheduled to begin, cops begin arriving. They break up a couple of fights and take up stations around the arena, looking on grimly. There are now almost two thousand people inside the auditorium. In North Dallas, Walker is finishing a fine meal at a friend’s house. The men retreat to the living room. Walker is leaning in close to the television for the live broadcast of the Stevenson speech. Walker knows enough, after being arrested by Kennedy’s people in Mississippi, to stay away from the