This account of the Kennedy assassination (“the most riveting ever,” says The NewYork Times) is taken from Robert A. Caro’s brilliant and bestselling The Passage ofPower.
Here is that tragic day in Dallas alive with startling details reported for the first time by the two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning author. Just as scandals that might end his career are about to break over Lyndon Johnson’s head, the motorcade containing the presidential party is making its slow and triumphant way along the streets of Dallas. In Caro’s breathtakingly vivid narrative, we witness the shots, the procession speeding to Parkland Memorial Hospital, the moment when Kennedy aide Lawrence O’Donnell tells Johnson “He’s gone,” and Johnson’s iconic swearing in on Air Force One. Compelling.
For his biographies of Robert Moses and Lyndon Johnson, Robert A. Caro has twice won the Pulitzer Prize for Biography, has three times won the National Book Critics Circle Award, and has also won virtually every other major literary honor, including the… More about Robert A. Caro
“By writing the best presidential biography the country has ever seen, Caro has forever changed the way we think, and read, American history. As absorbing as a political thriller.” —NPR
“The most riveting sections [of Passage] deal with Kennedy’s assassination. Even with the millions of words written on the subject, Caro unearths new facts about the horrible event, drawn from his many interviews & archival research . . . Fascinating, dramatic, and painful reading, even decades after the tragedy.” —The Boston Globe
“A breathtakingly dramatic story about a pivotal moment in US history [told] with consummate artistry and ardor . . . Caro manages to lend even much-chronicled events a punch of tactile immediacy . . . [e]nabling readers to see and feel history in the making.” —Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times