The Death of a President  

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The Death of a President: November 20–November 25, 1963 is historian William Manchester's 1967 account of the assassination of John F. Kennedy. The book gained public attention before it was published when Kennedy's widow Jacqueline, who had initially asked Manchester to write the book, demanded that the author make changes in the manuscript.


The book is dedicated "For all in whose hearts he still lives -- a watchman of honour who never sleeps".

The book chronicles several days in 1963, from a small reception the Kennedys hosted in the White House the evening of the visit to Dallas, through the flight to Texas, the motorcade, the assassination, the hospital, the airplane journey back to Washington, D.C., and the funeral. The tension between the Kennedy and Johnson factions, the worldwide reaction, and Lee Harvey Oswald's televised murder by Jack Ruby are all discussed in painstaking detail.

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