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“The President Has Been Shot!”: The Assassination of John F. Kennedy, by James L. Swanson

17381972“The President Has Been Shot!”: The Assassination of John F. Kennedy
James L. Swanson
2013 by Scholastic Press
ISBN – 9780545490078
Genre – Nonfiction
Age – Middle School
3.2 Stars

This nonfiction book describes briefly the early life and presidency on John F. Kennedy. It also talks about Lee Harvey Oswald’s tumultuous life before the assassination of JFK. It goes into great detail about the day of the assassination including the hours after he was pronounced dead in which Johnson was sworn into office on Air Force One.

This is a good account of what may have lead up to JFK’s death, but what I found most interesting was the reactions of Jackie Kennedy. The obvious shock and horror that she felt was proved by how she carried herself in the hours and days following the assassination. overall, I thought the book could have used a bit more…oomph? I listened to the audio book, and I found the narrator dry at best. He seemed to make something so interesting feel very blah. I think this book would have been better to read in book format, as I am sure there must be lots of interesting pictures that would help add to the story, and give a feeling of place and setting. For me the audio book fell a bit flat.


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