The Day Kennedy Died: 50 Years Later LIFE Remembers the Man and the Moment (2013) The Day Kennedy Died: 50 Years Later LIFE Remembers the Man and the Moment also casts a skeptical eye on conspiracy theories (the hill of… 2013-10-15 History Nonfiction Life
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The Day Kennedy Died: 50 Years Later LIFE Remembers the Man and the Moment (2013)

REMEMBERING KENNEDY LIFE magazine looks back on Kennedy's presidency and questions those lingering conspiracy theories
REMEMBERING KENNEDY LIFE magazine looks back on Kennedy's presidency and questions those lingering conspiracy theories
EW's GRADE
B

Details Release Date: Oct 15, 2013; Writer: Editors of LIFE; Genres: History, Nonfiction; Publisher: Life

The Day Kennedy Died: 50 Years Later LIFE Remembers the Man and the Moment also casts a skeptical eye on conspiracy theories (the hill of beans they don't amount to occupies 13 pages) and says it's only ''controversy'' itself that ''swirled — and continues to swirl.'' This coffee-table book recycles much of the magazine's classic photojournalism, including stills from the Zapruder film, for which LIFE paid $150,000 in 1963. But the motorcade down memory lane takes a few new detours. We get to see frame 313, the head shot — as if we hadn't seen it in Oliver Stone's JFK — and we have reminiscences from the likes of Maya Angelou, Bill O'Reilly, and Barbra Streisand about where they were on what's called, inevitably, ''that autumn day.'' Their alibis seem airtight. B

Originally posted Oct 30, 2013 Published in issue #1284 Nov 08, 2013 Order article reprints