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Nov 06

End of Days: The Assassination of John F. Kennedy

James L. Swanson’s Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln’s Killer was a New York Times bestseller, won the Edgar Award, and became mandatory reading for official Washington. Its fans included President George W. Bush, Speaker of the House John Boehner, Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. 

 Now, for the 50th anniversary of the death of President John F. Kennedy, Swanson returns with End of Days: The Assassination of John F. Kennedy, a gripping account of the murder and its aftermath. JFK’s trip to Dallas, Texas on November 22, 1963 set in motion a chain of unprecedented events: a man with a rifle in the window of a tall building, the death of a president recorded on a home movie, a frenzied manhunt, multiple murders, nationwide mourning, a public funeral that rivaled Lincoln’s, and the fatal shooting of the president’s killer on live TV as a horrified audience of millions watched. End of Days recreates four of the saddest and most terrifying days in American history. 

Swanson then asks larger questions. Who was Lee Harvey Oswald? Why did he do it? How was the “right wing” wrongly blamed for the assassination? Who was the real John F. Kennedy – was he a closet conservative? And finally, what explains the dizzying number of conspiracy theories, and how have they undermined our faith in our institutions and democracy? 

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jon Meacham calls Swanson “a master” and praises End of Days as “grand narrative at its finest.” 

James L. Swanson is Senior Legal Scholar in the Edwin Meese III Center for Legal and Judicial Studies at The Heritage Foundation.

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