This book puts a new slant on the Kennedy Assassination, which has been approached from almost every conceivable angle. It was enlightening to read about this most horrendous of atrocities from the point of view of those who were sent to Dallas to protect the man who was killed. I feel sorry for the burden they have born all these years. With that said, though, I have never read a really satisfying account of the assassination, this book included. There are still just too many troubling details that are left unexplained. I am not a conspiracy theorist, but I have to say that I do believe there was more to this killing than we yet know. Something just doesn't fit right with what we have been told. I hope someday we can really find out the truth.
This book, along with Reclaiming History: The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy, by Vincent Bugliosi erases away any doubt in my mind, and should do the same for any rational member of the general public, that a shining star was snuffed out by a simple lone nut. To believe anything else is to plead ignorance, in some cases, insanity.
This book is a lot of minute by minute as events unfold. It gives insight to processes and reasons for them leading up to Nov. 22, 1963. It may become difficult to keep track of all the anagrams for people's positions but, it doesn't detract from following the series of events.
Like many, I've read tons of literature on the assassination, Kennedys, etc. so it was interesting to hear the secret service side of things. I thought the book got a tad repetitive the last few chapters. Agents under stress, felt like failures, hard time adjusting. I got it the first 3 or 4 times.
Good history with the ring of truth - a little slow in the beginning - but part II moved along and kept me listening...
This was one of the best books I've read this year. The details and back story on the agents make the narration of the assassination come to life in such a way that you are emotionally tied to the event. I cried like I was living it, and this took place 20 years before I was born. The book was so blunt in its description of love and disdain for different characters by different agents that I cant imagine it being anything but the god honest truth.
The assumption of the authors is that if you don't accept the Warren commission report as the final truth on the assassination, then you necessarily hold the Secret Service responsible. This is not the only possible position. The author initially referred to Oswald as the man suspected of doing it. Later in the book, the wording changed as if he had been convicted.
Eliminate some of the repetition of the daily duties of the guys and facts which had already been explained a few pages ago.
He mispronounced Caroline Kennedy's name almost every time he said it. He pronounced it "Carolyn" instead.
No, definitely not
It could have been a lot shorter.
Married with 4 children. Love listening to the books. I have a variety of interests in titles.
I can't really say why I bought this book, but I ended up VERY happy that I did. This book is extremely interesting. Of course, you need to be interested in the "behind the scene" things in life. I was there on the street when Kennedy was murdered, but never gave a second thought to the secret service. We just take these jobs for granted...I won't ever again. I feel badly because I never thought about how their lives were so deeply affected.
Audible obsessed lifelong learner.
A very engaging look at he tragic story we have all heard before with a different perspective. Wilkerson brings to life the pride and professionalism of the agents who tried to protect the president against great odds.
This audiobook is a record of historical importance and tells the listener things that only those closest to the assassination would know. Many of the lies and conspiracy theories people blindly accept are refuted here.
Eichmann In My Hands, by Peter Malkin. The first hand accounts given in both books shed new light on two very important historical events.
Not too extreme. But I felt more sympathy for the Secret Service Agents who witnessed the assassination.
I would strongly recommend this book, as it dispels several lies that have been told in connection to JFK, his death, and his security detail.