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In November 1963 President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas. His death remains a defining moment for millions of people but few understand the unstoppable forces that were building in the city long before this dramatic event played out before the world.

Dallas 1963 is a riveting account of the convergence of a group of unyielding and highly focused protagonists in a city sometimes seemingly filled with hate for JFK. Wicked stabs of fate and circumstance steered these fascinating characters together: the richest man in the world, a combative military general, a Mafia don, a strident Congressman, thundering preachers and even the elegant owner of one of America’s most famous stores. This book expertly narrates how the spiralling events surrounding these characters on the ground in Dallas ultimately brewed a toxic environment before the President’s assassination.

Using a wealth of new information, as well as the first ever examination of key primary documents, Bill Minutaglio and Steven L. Davis, both experts in their field, provide a comprehensive and detailed portrait of the place, the time and the people of these extraordinary events in American history. They also provide cautionary and controversial lessons rendering this time increasingly relevant for the modern age.

Reviews

Bill Minutaglio and Steven L. Davis's Dallas 1963 is a brilliantly written, haunting eulogy to John F Kennedy. By exposing the hatred aimed at our 35th president, the authors demonstrates that America - not just Lee Harvey Oswald - was ultimately responsible for his death. Every page is an eye opener. Highly recommended!
Douglas Brinkley, professor of history at Rice University and author of Cronkite
All the great personalities of Dallas during the assassination come alive in this superb rendering of a city on a roller coaster into disaster. History has been waiting fifty years for this book
Lawrence Wright, author of The Looming Tower and Going Clear
After fifty years, it's a challenge to fashion a new lens with which to view the tragic events of November 22, 1963 - yet Texans [Minutaglio and Davis] pull it off brilliantly
Publishers Weekly
Chilling . . . The authors make a compelling, tacit parallel to today's running threats by extremist groups
Kirkus
A thoughtful look at the political and social environment that existed in Dallas at the time of the president's election . . . a climate, the authors persuasively argue, of unprecedented turmoil and hatred
Booklist
An intriguing exploration . . . Although the authors don't specifically point the finger at Oswald or anyone else, they contend that it was Dallas's toxic, extremist environment that made an act of violence there against the president almost inevitable
Sunday Times
Casting a clinical eye over the events leading to the death that shook the world in November 1963, the acclaimed Texas journalists superbly put the shocking season at Dealey plaza into context . . . Countless attempts have been made to explain the Kennedy assassination, but few have ever tried to explain the city where it happened. For any politics or history buff, this slow-burning non-fiction thriller is a must
Irish Examiner