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JFK's Final Hours in Texas: An Eyewitness Remembers the Tragedy and Its Aftermath


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Julian Read, a Texas political insider who delivered the first eyewitness report of President John F. Kennedy's assassination to the media, has authored a behind-the-scenes account that chronicles the tragedy and its fifty-year legacy. In JFK's Final Hours in Texas, Read documents the immediate events endured by the people in the epicenter of the tragedy and the experience of a community recovering in its aftermath. In 1963, Read was the media representative for Governor John B. Connally, host of the president's November visit to Texas. On the day Kennedy was killed, Read was aboard the chartered White House Press bus. After hearing the shots and watching the limousine lurch forward amid panicking onlookers, Read raced to nearby Parkland Hospital, where the president and Connally had been rushed to emergency rooms. There, immediately after White House Deputy Press Secretary Malcolm Kilduff announced that the president was dead, Read briefed journalists based on what Nellie Connally, wife of the governor, had hurriedly reported to him. Read's perspective illuminates the previously overlooked consequences of the aborted portion of the trip and traces the long aftermath of the assassination, including the intensity of the bitterness against Dallas and Texas. And, in what he calls "the long journey from anguish to reconciliation," Read follows the decades-long struggle to create the Sixth Floor Museum in downtown Dallas, located in the space where Lee Harvey Oswald fired the fatal shots.

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