The Kennedy Assassination--24 Hours After: Lyndon B. Johnson's Pivotal First Day as President

The Kennedy Assassination--24 Hours After: Lyndon B. Johnson's Pivotal First Day as President

by Steven M. Gillon

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Riding in an open-topped convertible through Dallas on November 22, 1963, Lyndon B. Johnson heard a sudden explosive sound at 12:30 PM. The Secret Service sped him away to safety, but not until 1:20 PM did he learn that John F. Kennedy had been assassinated. Sworn in next to a bloodstained Jackie Kennedy at 2:40 PM, Johnson worked feverishly until 3:00 in the morning, agonizing about the future of both his nation and his party. Unbeknownst to him, his actions had already determined the tragic outcome of his presidency.

In November 22, 1963, historian Steven Gillon tells the story of how Johnson consolidated power in the twenty-four hours following the assassination. Based on scrupulous research and new archival sources, this gripping narrative sheds new and surprising light on one of the most written-about events of the twentieth century.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780465020362
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 10/12/2010
Edition description: First Trade Paper Edition
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

About the Author

Steven M. Gillon earned his PhD at Brown University, and taught for several years at Yale University and then at Oxford. He is currently a professor of history at the University of Oklahoma and the resident historian for The History Channel. He is the author of numerous books and articles on modern American history and politics, including Ten Days that Unexpectedly Changed America. He lives in New York and Oklahoma.

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J3347 More than 1 year ago
I have read a number of books over the years concerning John F. Kennedy and his family. Several have dealt with the topic of his assasination and ideas as to what really took place that sad day. This book was one that I could not put down. It was well written, giving many details in perspective as to what was taking place that day and during this time period in our histoday. The author, Steven M. Gillon was able to bring everything together that the book was very hard to put down. The book was fast paced, yet it tied a number of details both before and after the assination that allowed the reader to have a better understanding of what was taking place in the United States and the world at that time. Anyone with a interest in the history of our country and how we got to where we are today, will enjoy this book. A must read to really understand what took place.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found this book to be informative, but a bit prolonged in some areas. There seems to be, at times, too much emphasis on little areas, such as who told who what. It gets confusing, but recovers and gets back on the main topic of Lyndon Johnson and his handling of that day. It was full of stuff I had already known, but detailed the personal aspects of the Kennedy assassination in a perfect way.
NextText More than 1 year ago
The author manages to forge a new trail in the never-ending, literary preoccupation with JFK, his presidency and assassination. He sorts out the myriad of human emotions motivating all the players among the two political camps of Kennedy and Johnson who all experienced extreme shock, disbelief, despair, wincing anger, guilt and frustration on that tragic day. Johnson comes out fairly well as a compassionate, take-charge leader who is equally concerned with the needs of the country and the sensitivities of the Kennedy family when the presidency is violently thrust upon him. No one can be faulted for their unscripted actions in the immediate aftermath of the tragedy. Nothing Johnson did or didn't do would have satisfied the bereft Kennedy inner-sanctum, particularly his arch-nemesis Bobby. Thought-provoking and engaging read.
JRW More than 1 year ago
I was very dissapointed with this book. There is really very little new here.....Uninteresting discussion of the time of JFK's (10 minutes one way or the other) and a general defense of LBJ's behavior. It does little good to speculate on the vulnerability of the US during those dark really didn't matter as nothing happened on the international front. Note to Mr. Gillon: Let your readers decide if one of your so called revalations is explosive we don't need to be constantly reminded that you think they are. If you want to understand the JFK assassination read Bugliosi, Russo, Posner and of course Manchester to get a good perspective on a seminal event in many of our lives. Don't waste your time/money with this over-hyped rehash!
writemoves on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Book serves as a defense of LBJ's conduct and actions towards the Kennedy family and the Kennedy cabinet after the assassination. I've read earlier books about the assassination and did not learn much more than I had earlier.
jasonlf on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyable, if you could use that word in connection with this subject. Reads like a fast-paced thriller -- with entire chapters covering time spans of as little as 15 minutes. Also superbly researched with a strong and successful effort at achieving balance, including presenting the reader with contradictory evidence along with a judicious weighing and balancing of that evidence.As the title indicates, the book focuses on the President Johnson's first day in office, starting with being thrown to the ground in his limo by his alert secret service protection and ending with a series of photo-op meetings with his team in the Oval Office and what appears from the pictures to be the Roosevelt Room. In between, Johnson has to make rapid judgments under enormous uncertainty -- while balancing the need to project continuity with the importance of not appearing greedy or ambitious to a nation deeply in mourning for Kennedy.
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