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Where Were You?: America Remembers The JFK Assassination

Where Were You?: America Remembers The JFK Assassination


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November 22, 1963. A policeman's wife was fetching their sick child from school. A young shoe store manager had no idea what lay in wait for him that day. A future president was tending to his farm. A future vice president was standing on the steps of his college library. A Georgetown student was looking forward to playing the piano for the president when he returned to Washington, DC, that evening. A future movie star was attending his second-grade art class. Then the news rang out across airwaves, through telephone lines, and by word of mouth, plunging the country into shock and sorrow. It's hard to imagine how the last fifty years would have unfolded if President John F. Kennedy had lived. Would Vietnam have dragged on until 1974? Would Nixon have come into power? It's difficult to say—but, combining evocative archival images with the unique, first-person stories of those who lived through it, Where Were You? says what the history books can't and offers a fresh look at what was, what is, and what might have been since that fateful day. In the two-hour NBC documentary event that this volume accompanies, special correspondent Tom Brokaw interviewed people close to the tragedy as well as former heads of state, politicians, authors, journalists, performers, musicians, and more. He asked them five simple questions, starting with: Where were you? Together, their words paint a rich and moving picture of a hopeful nation torn asunder by grief. It will remind those who lived it of a pivotal moment in American history, and it bears witness for all who follow.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781493036929
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 11/01/2018
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 1,074,303
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.70(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Gus Russo is the author of six books, including Brothers in Arms: The Kennedys, the Castros, and the Politics of Murder, winner of the New York Book Festival's History Prize. An investigative reporter for ABC News Special Reports ("Dangerous World: The Kennedy Years") and CBS Reports, he served as lead reporter for Frontline's landmark "Who Was Lee Harvey 'swald?" He has written for American Heritage, Baltimore Sun, Book Forum, Huffington Post, The Nation, and Washington Post. He lives in Baltimore, Maryland.Harry Moses has written, directed, and produced numerous primetime specials for all major networks and cable channels, including nearly 100 stories for 60 Minutes. He has received Emmy, Peabody, and Directors Guild of America awards as well as a lifetime achievement award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. He lives in New York City.

Table of Contents

Foreword Tom Brokaw v

Part 1 Dallas

Dan Rather 3

Robert Grossman 10

Robert Caro 16

Buell Frazier 30

Marie Tippit 41

John Brewer and Ray Hawkins 46

Ruth Hyde Paine 57

Lawrence Schiller 66

Oleg Kalugin 74

Darwin Payne 81

Part 2 Solemnities

Joseph Califano 93

Joe English 104

Richard Goodwin and Doris Kearns Goodwin 115

Part 3 Politics

Mike Barnicle 129

Harry Belafonte 134

Andrew Young 145

Carlos Bringuier 150

Richard Reeves 165

Pat Buchanan 177

Frank Gannon 184

Kathy Fay and Paul Fay III 189

Bill Daley 195

Swanee Hunt 203

Jimmy Carter 209

Bill Clinton 214

Joseph Biden 221

John Kerry 226

Chris Matthews 232

Part 4 Controversy

Mort Sahl 245

Cynthia Wegmann 253

Rosemary James 262

Mike Kettenring 271

Robert Groden 277

Vincent Bugliosi 287

Part 5 Culture

John Glenn 303

Nancy Olson Livingston 315

Rose Styron 323

Jane Fonda 329

Peter Yarrow and Noel Paul Stookey 335

Judy Collins 347

Robert De Niro 354

Sonny Jurgensen, Carl Kammerer, and Bobby Mitchell 356

Oliver Stone 363

Steven Spielberg 375

Jay Leno 382

Tom Hanks 386

Acknowledgments 397

Index 398

About the Editors 408

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