Here, for the first time in decades, is a gripping, minute-by-minute account of the day President John F. Kennedy was shot, told by James Swanson, author of the NEW YORK TIMES bestseller MANHUNT, which so vividly brought the Lincoln assassination to life. In END OF DAYS, he reveals Lee Harvey Oswald’s bizarre history of violence and follows John and Jacqueline Kennedy’s wildly successful swing through Texas and their fateful Dallas motorcade ride. In the most riveting account ever written about the assassin’s shots, Swanson takes us to the sixth-floor Texas Book Depository window to look through Oswald’s rifle sights. Swanson also re-creates the last hours of the doomed assassin and the days of national mourning for the president that followed, culminating in a funeral that united the country in a tearful farewell to the fallen commander in chief.
In END OF DAYS, Swanson combines extensive research with his unparalleled storytelling abilities to turn the events of one of the darkest days of the twentieth century into a pulse-pounding thriller that will remain the definitive popular account of the assassination for years to come.
“A master of the form, James Swanson has brought his formidable storytelling skills to bear on another tragic turning point in American history. His treatment of Dallas 1963 is grand narrative at its finest.”
— Jon Meacham – Pulitzer prize-winning author of AMERICAN LION: ANDREW JACKSON IN THE WHITE HOUSE and THOMAS JEFFERSON: THE ART OF POWER
James L. Swanson is the Edgar Award winning author of the NEW YORK TIMES bestseller MANHUNT: THE 12-DAY CHASE FOR LINCOLN’S KILLER. He is an attorney who has written about history, the Constitution, popular culture, and other subjects for a variety of publications, including the WALL STREET JOURNAL, AMERICAN HERITAGE, SMITHSONIAN and the LOS ANGELES TIMES. Mr. Swanson serves on the advisory council of the Ford’s Theatre Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Campaign and is a member of the advisory committee of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission.
To learn more about James, please visit his website.
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