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Historian Steven Gillon's tight-focus account of the immediate events following the assassination of President Kennedy yields a compelling and truly informative account of a shocked nation and a government that knew it had to maintain a high degree of functionality in the face of unforeseen and uncertain circumstances. While readers will know the history that followed, the players in this drama did not. A number of highly dangerous scenarios had to be immediately considered, and preparations needed to be made for any contingency. The two superpowers--the United Sates and the Soviet Union--exercised extraordinary restraint, yet the shadow of nuclear war was definitely present. Gillon maintains a thrilling yet responsible record of events happening simultaneously, both in the public eye and behind-the scenes, as the nation immediately achieved a peaceful and orderly succession of power.
On November 22, 1963, Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson faced one of the most painful and tragic events in American history—the assassination of John F. Kennedy. In that moment of chaos, with a nation in shock, Johnson became president. From the first crack of gunfire to a frenzied return to Washington, The Kennedy Assassination—24 Hours After details the first day of Johnson’s presidency. Based on scrupulous research and new archival sources, this gripping narrative sheds new and often surprising light on one of the most written-about events of the twentieth century.
Genre: History, Political Science
Sub-Genre: United States / 20th Century, History + Theory
Street Date: October 12, 2010
Item Number (DPCI): 248-55-9605