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Nonfiction Book Group: Dallas 1963, by Bill Minutaglio and Steven L. Davis

Date & Time: December 17, 2013 6:30 pm


Discussion of Dallas 1963, by Bill Minutaglio and Steven L. Davis.  November 22, 2013 marks fifty years since the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.  In the months and years before that day in 1963, Dallas was brewing with political passions, a city crammed with larger-than-life characters dead-set against the Kennedy presidency. These included rabid warriors like defrocked military general Edwin A. Walker; the world's richest oil baron, H. L. Hunt; the leader of the largest Baptist congregation in the world, W.A. Criswell; and the media mogul Ted Dealey, who raucously confronted JFK and whose family name adorns the plaza where the president was murdered. On the same stage was a compelling cast of marauding gangsters, swashbuckling politicos, unsung civil rights heroes, and a stylish millionaire anxious to save his doomed city.

The authors explore the swirling forces that led many people to warn President Kennedy to avoid Dallas on his fateful trip to Texas.  Minutaglio and Davis lead us through intimate glimpses of the Kennedy family and the machinations of the Kennedy White House, to the obsessed men in Dallas who concocted the climate of hatred that led many to blame the city for the president's death.  Dallas 1963 is not only a fresh look at a momentous national tragedy but also a sobering reminder of how radical, polarizing  ideologies can poison a city--and a nation.  This discussion will be held upstairs in the library.

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