Title: The Story of the Assassination of John F. KennedyThe STory of the ASsassination of John F. Kennedy
Author: R. Conrad Stein
Illustrator: Keith Neely
Pages: 31
Recommended Ages: 8-10
Star Rating: ★★★★

Having already reviewed Kennedy Assassinated, I will spend most of this review comparing the two books.

Kennedy Assassinated treated the events of Kennedy’s death more like a story – the “main character” is a news reporter who is observing the events and taking notes of them to report later. This book acted more as a record of the events. Also, while Kennedy Assassinated spent most of its time documenting the day of the assassination itself and the drama of it, The Story of the Assassination of John F. Kennedy spent considerable space describing the days immediately following the assassination and the continuing revelation of facts they brought.

Especially noted is the behavior of Jackie Kennedy who acquitted herself with complete grace and class throughout the entire proceedings, demonstrating the strength of a First Lady.

R. Conrad Stein expresses skepticism regarding the idea that Oswald acted alone in his assassination attempts and roundly criticizes the Dallas Police Force for their sloppiness regarding Oswald. He argues for a conspiratorial view of Kennedy’s assassination, pointing out that witnesses disagree regarding where the shots were fired from and exactly what happened.

Conclusion. Just as good as Kennedy Assassinated! though with only illustrations and no photos. [Refer to John F. Kennedy for an account of his entire life.]

Review © 2015 Laura Verret

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