November 05, 2013 at 05:00 AM EST

Dallas 1963

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Steven L. Davis, Bill Minutaglio
publisher
Twelve
We gave it a B-

Predictably, we’ve got nostalgic photo books and studies of such marginal Kennedyana as his thumb-twiddling years in the Senate. But most readers still want a whodunit: According to a recent poll overseen by University of Virginia professor Larry Sabato, 75 percent of Americans are skeptical of the Warren Commission’s 1964 conclusion that Lee Harvey Oswald did the shooting on his own lone-nut initiative. So even defenders of assassination orthodoxy are wise to make their books seem creepy-deepy. In Dallas 1963, a well-researched study of the crankish political environment into which JFK ventured on his last morning, Bill Minutaglio and Steven L. Davis speak of the ”swirling forces at work” — yet if Oswald shot the president, as they maintain, all this swirling obviously stirred up nothing more significant than bad vibes. B-

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