THE DAY KENNEDY DIED by

THE DAY KENNEDY DIED

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KIRKUS REVIEW

More than the title trespasses on the Bishopric; there are all kinds of factitious and fictitious detail and dialogue in this Day That which begins the night before as Jack loosens his tie, and Jacqueline kicks off her shoes and puts on her new peignoir- his gift- in suite 850. The scene then shifts to the home of the Paines. Marina and her babies live there and Oswald -- ""a man possessed, ormented, fevered with hate"" -- joins them on his last night. Most of this book, where it does not rely on sentimental speculation, fills in the known known from the newspaper coverage of the reception in Fort Worth, the jet flight to Dallas, the reception at Love Field, and the motorcade (Jack ""loved to see his adorable Jackie with the wind whipping through her hair"") preceding the fatal shooting. Ruby's reprisal is covered in a few words in the epilogue, but then the Dallas police has already been exonerated in earlier pages. Authors Wise and Maxfield, presumably natives, find it easier to point a finger at the F.B.I. (who withheld ""knowledge"" that might have ""been used to prevent one of the greatest tragedies of the century""). However this would certainly be hard to substantiate.

Publisher: Naylor