The Kennedy Assassination

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Univ. Press of Mississippi, 2007 - History - 177 pages
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\"Peter Knight has done the impossible-he has written a very interesting and readable book on the Kennedy Assassination. [The book] will prove indispensable not only to students and researchers of American politics and culture over the last half century, but also to the general reader.\"

-Richard H. King, author of Race, Culture, and the Intellectuals, 1940-1970

As a seminal event in late twentieth-century American history, the assassination of President John F. Kennedy has permeated the American consciousness in a wide variety of ways. His death has long fascinated American writers, filmmakers, and artists. The Kennedy Assassination offers an authoritative, critical exploration of the many ways the event has been constructed in a range of discourses.

The book looks at a variety of historical, political, and cultu-ral attempts to understand Ken-nedy\'s death. Representations include journalism from the time; historical accounts and memoirs; official investigations, government reports, and socio-logical inquiries; numerous con-spiracy theories; novels, plays, and other works of literature; the Zapruder footage; and photography, avant-garde art, and Hollywood films.

\"Peter Knight\'s book on the Kennedy assassination is the best available source we have on the most symptomatic event of post-war American history,\" Patrick O\'Donnell, author of Latent Destinies: Cultural Para-noia and Contemporary U.S. Narrative, says. \"Encyclopedic in scope, elegant and clear in its execution, wide-ranging in its assessment of the history and representational aftermath of that dark day in Dallas, this will be the \'go-to\' book on the Kennedy assassination for some time to come.\"

Peter Knight is senior lecturer in American studies at the Uni-versity of Manchester. He is author of Conspiracy Culture: From Kennedy to \"The X-Files\" and editor of Conspiracy Nation: The Politics of Paranoia in Postwar America, Conspiracy Theories in American History: An Encyclopedia, and Fakes and Forgeries.

  

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Contents

Introduction
1
List of Illustrations
2
Journalism
9
1 Walter Cronkite announcing on CBS television
19
History
23
The Official Version
42
Zapruder Frame 313 1967 renewed 1995 The Sixth Floor
44
1 Contents of Marina Oswalds medicine
64
1 Magic Bullet Commission Exhibit 399
81
Literature
105
Visual Culture and Film
133
1 Zapruder frame 313
135
5 Andy Warhol Jackie The Week That Was
148
Conclusion
162
7wfer
175
Copyright

The Unofficial Version
75

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About the author (2007)

Peter Knight is Senior Lecturer in American Studies at the University of Manchester

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