Parkland, by Vincent Bugliosi
An excerpt from Bugliosi’s Reclaiming History, considered a masterwork of the John F. Kennedy assassination and the many conspiracy theories surrounding it, Parkland tells the story of the murder and the days that followed it through the experiences of the many individuals involved. Bugliosi arranges the narrative so that there are no chapters nor any other real breaks, just timestamps as the events unfold. The emotions of the Secret Service agents who tried to protect the president, the doctors who tried to save him, and the public who loved him really come through. I think it’s easy to forget that these famous people really are people, but Bugliosi does a good job of bringing home the experiences of Jackie Kennedy, their children, and the rest of the Kennedy family & friends. He never comes right out and accuses Lee Harvey Oswald, or gives any opinion at all on that front (although I imagine he does in Reclaiming History), but simply relates the experiences of the people around Oswald, his family, his coworkers at the Texas School Book Depository, witnesses to the J.D. Tippit shooting, and the officers & agents who dealt with him. This is one of those books where even though I know how the story ends, the author was good enough to have me dreading what was coming. I was disappointed that the Kindle version left out the photo section, but all in all it’s a very interesting read that gives a grounded perspective to one of the most famous events in American history.
Added to the Travel Map:
Le Jardin d’Agronomie Tropicale, Nogent-sur-Marne, France – ruins of the 1907 Colonial Exhibition.
Plum Island, Southold, New York – some kind of secretive government thing, but they have tours occasionally.
Leri Cavour, Italy – ghost town.
Feltville, New Jersey – ghost town.