By William Manchester
William Manchester's epic and definitive account of President John F. Kennedy's assassination -- now restored to print in a brand new paperback edition.
As the area nonetheless reeled from the tragic and ancient occasions of November 22, 1963, William Manchester set out, on the request of the Kennedy relatives, to create a close, authoritative checklist of the times instantly previous and following President John F. Kennedy's loss of life. via hundreds and hundreds of interviews, plentiful go back and forth and firsthand commentary, and with distinct entry to the lawsuits of the Warren fee, Manchester carried out an exhaustive ancient research, gathering forty-five volumes of records, indicates, and transcribed tapes. His final goal -- to set down as a complete the nationwide and private tragedy that was once JFK's assassination -- is brilliantly completed during this galvanizing narrative, a booklet universally acclaimed as a landmark paintings of contemporary heritage.
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Extra resources for The Death of a President: November 20-November 25, 1963
Someone has disappeared. One question comes up obstinately again and again: does he still exist? and where? where else? in what form invisible to our eyes? visible in another way? This question connects death with the dead person, the dead ones. It is a question for the living, perhaps for those in good health I shall say later. The question What sort of beings are the dead? is so insistent that even in our secularized societies we do not know what to do with the dead, that is, with the cadavers.
But these answers are to a question posed by the survivors, concerning the lot of the already dead dead. I come back to the key word in my answer about why the mourning I want to enter into-as a work of mourning the internalization before my death of a question post mortem, of the question: what are the dead? To see myself dead before being dead, and to apply to myself in anticipation a survivor's question. In short, the dread of the future perfect. I said, in passing, that it is a question for those in good 10 UP TO DEATH: MOURNING AND CHEERFULNESS health.
No: the essential is too close, therefore too covered over, too hidden. It will reveal itself bit by bit, at the end. [THE FOLLOWING THREE PARAGRAPHS ARE CROSSED OUT IN ORDER TO BE MOVED BELOW. I I will begin with what is most abstract, in this sense, easiest to speak of, to articulate. ] The most abstract? The equivocations of death, of the word death. 7 PAUL RICOEUR I see three major meanings-maybe morel-that need to be distinguished, for it is their mutual overlapping and the confusion that results from this that leads to the foreboding anxiety about death.