David Gates
November 05, 2013 AT 05:00 AM EST

End of Days: The Assassination of John F. Kennedy

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
James L. Swanson
publisher
William Morrow
genre
Nonfiction, History

We gave it an B-

”Those who were alive in the fall of 1963 shudder at the mere mention of the date.” Or so writes James L. Swanson in End of Days: The Assassination of John F. Kennedy — though some readers may shudder when they picture all those baby-boomer jowls set aquiver. Still, point taken. For Americans, November 22 is the grimmest date outside of December 7 and September 11. Swanson says he finds it hard to believe it’s been 50 years, but the publishing business can’t afford such sentimental incredulity: His is one in a slew of books, both kitschy and compelling — sometimes between the same covers — timed to come out on the 35th president’s golden necroversary. B-

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