President John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)

Fifty years ago this week, the world was shaken by the death of then President John F. Kennedy.  He was assassinated during a visit to Dallas, Texas.  It was the Friday before Thanksgiving, when people were anticipating the start of the holiday season and visits with friends and family.  The last thing anyone expected was the sudden, violent death of the President.

It is said that you always remember where you were when such events happened.  I certainly do.  Yes, I’m old enough to recall that day, although I was too young to understand the impact of President Kennedy’s death.  But as I went through school and on into college, I learned more about the President I was barely aware of.  For a variety of reasons, John Fitzgerald Kennedy and his family have been a source of fascination for people around the world.  His life and term in office have been recounted in numerous documentaries.  There have also been many documentaries about the assassination.  In addition, there have been feature films and mini-series inspired by the Kennedys.

If you’d like to know more about the 35th President of the United States, check out some of the titles below.

Life and Presidency

Cuban Missile Crisis: Three Men Go to War
Greatest Speeches of the 20th Century -- John F. Kennedy
JFK, a Presidency Revealed
The Kennedy Mystique: Creating Camelot
The Kennedys: America’s Emerald Kings
The Presidents – The Kennedys
The Search for Kennedy’s PT 109
Thirteen Days in October: Cuban Missile Crisis

Death and Aftermath

The Century: America’s Time – Poisoned Dreams
Image of an Assassination: a New Look at the Zapruder Film
JFK, the Day the Nation Cried
The Kennedy Assassination: 24 Hours After
The Last JFK Tapes: the Assassination
Oswald’s Ghost

Feature Films and Mini-series

The Kennedys
Thirteen Days

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