Title: KENNEDY ASSASSINATED!Kennedy-Assassinated
Author: Wilborn Hampton
Pages: 96
Recommended Ages: 10 & up
Star Rating: ★★★★

So, my mom practically loathes JFK, but we both thought that this looked like an interesting account of his assassination. So we bought it.

The Story.

Bill Hampton is still a newbie at the prestigious United Press International agency, and although one of U. P. I.’s reporters often trails the President, Bill himself has never had such an important assignment. And then? November 22, 1963.

It was on that day, while he was driving through Dallas in a open-top motorcade, that JFK was shot at by an assassin. The initial report to Bill’s phone was vague; shots had been fired, but it was thought that the President was uninjured. Not content to rest in the unknown, and eager to be at the forefront of news, Bill contacts the Dallas Police Headquaters. He finds that JFK was indeed shot and was injured – badly. Bill’s manager details him to Parkland Hospital to begin investigating the biggest news story of his life.

Discussion.

Not being a huge fan of JFK, I was curious to see how Mr. Hampton would handle the portrayal of him. I was pleased with it; the event was treated as a tragedy and outrage not because JFK was an amazing man or because he had done so much to help the country, but simply because he was our President.

Kennedy Assassinated! does not offer any alternative theory to the death of President Kennedy other than that Lee Harvey Oswald was the murderer. Mr. Hampton does admit that because Oswald was shot before extensive questioning could reveal the whole story, a lot of questions remain unanswered, but he maintains that the lack of any other suspects and the enormous circumstantial evidence points clearly to his guilt. I was fine with this – I have no strong opinions in regard to Oswald’s guilt or innocence – but I know that some people disagree over this interpretation of events.

Conclusion. Through its many original photographs and newspaper clippings, Kennedy Assassinated! made me feel as though I was actually present at the events that it documented.

Review © 2012 Laura Verret

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