Stephen Hunter “The Third Bullet”

February 20th, 2013

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It’s a half-century-old mystery — and maybe now former Marine sniper Bob Lee Swagger can finally solve it.

Stephen Hunter‘s series hero returns in his latest thriller “The Third Bullet,” to develop his own theory of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

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Not that Bob Lee wants to get into it, but when a man who was investigating the JFK assassination is, himself, mysteriously killed, Swagger soon finds himself hip-deep in research.

And what he learns about the third bullet that so decisively ended the President’s life could change history.
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David Coleman “The Fourteenth Day”

October 18th, 2012

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Fifty years ago this week the world stood on the brink of nuclear war — perhaps the closest we ever came to World War III — as the U.S. and Soviet Union stared each other down over Soviet nuclear missiles in Cuba.

History has dubbed it the “Cuban missile crisis.” And history has duly recorded that it ended on October 28th, 1962, when Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev agreed to remove the missiles from Cuba.

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But it didn’t end there, says historian David Coleman.

Indeed, as he lays out in his new book “The Fourteenth Day,” the aftermath of the missile crisis hung over the White House for several more months.
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Ellen Fitzpatrick “Letters to Jackie”

September 14th, 2011

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In late 1963 a nation grieving over the loss of a charismatic leader picked up pen and paper and wrote letters to the young widow he left behind. By the thousands — by the tens of thousands — they wrote letters, to Jacqueline Kennedy. More than 800 thousand letters came in within seven weeks of John F. Kennedy’s death. A year and a half later, there were over a million and a half.

And they all went straight into storage.

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For 46 years the letters remained virtually untouched. Historian Ellen Fitzpatrick obtained permission to examine them, copy about 250 of them, and put them into a book called “Letters to Jackie.”

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Jeff Greenfield “Then Everything Changed”

April 7th, 2011

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Historians and journalists, and not least, novelists, relish the game of “what if.” It seems that speculating on how things might have turned out is irresistible, and when you put that question — what if? — in the head of someone who’s been in politics, and journalism, and history, the result is, well, Jeff Greenfield‘s book “Then Everything Changed.”

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What if .. an actual, failed December 1960 assassination attempt on John F. Kennedy had succeeded? Imagine Lyndon Johnson in the White House for the Bay of Pigs, the Cuban missile crisis, and something Greenfield imagines might have been called “The Sixty-Minute War.” What if .. Bobby Kennedy had survived his encounter with Sirhan Sirhan in the Ambassador Hotel in 1968? Imagine a Vietnam War that ends in 1969 — and takes down a classic movie and TV show with it.

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Gerald Blaine “The Kennedy Detail”

November 23rd, 2010

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Folks of a certain generation talked about where they were when Franklin Roosevelt died. Today we all remember where we were on 9/11. For millions, the bad memory of a lifetime was where they were when John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas on November 22, 1963.

Gerald Blaine remembers exactly where he was.

Dallas, Texas.

Blaine was a member of the Secret Service team traveling with and protecting President Kennedy and First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy. For 47 years he kept his silence about the tragedy. Until now.

With the help of other surviving Secret Service agents — including Clint Hill, the agent best remembered for helping get Jackie Kennedy back into her seat, as she scrambled out onto the trunk of the presidential limousine — Blaine has written a compelling, firsthand account of everything that transpired that day, and the days that followed.

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