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November 22, 1963: Witness to History

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On November 22, 1963, reporter Hugh Aynesworth was not among the cadre of reporters and photographers assigned to cover the Dallas visit of President John Kennedy. Within thirty-six hours, however, Aynesworth had witnessed the assassination of the president, the arrest of the assassin, and the shooting of Lee Harvey Oswald by Jack Ruby. Now fifty years later, November 22, ...more
Hardcover, 243 pages
Published September 3rd 2013 by Brown Books
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Dec 06, 2015 Chris rated it really liked it
Hugh Aynesworth was signing this book at a recent panel discussion I attended about the JFK anniversary a few weeks back. So I decided to get his book and read it. I was amazed that he apparently is the only human to have been at the sites of Kennedy's assassination, Oswald's arrest, Oswald's assassination and Jack Ruby's funeral. As Jim Lehrer, who covered the story himself for the Dallas Times-Herald, said in a jacket quote: "It was Hugh's story from Day One."

He recounts that day in Dealey Pla
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Feb 06, 2014 Peter N. rated it it was amazing
definitely a worthwhile read for anyone interested in investigative journalism in general, and JFK assassination in particular. Aynesworth cogently recounts his amazing first-hand experiences, scoops and personal encounters, many of them bordering on the surreal. Along the journey, he reveals the delusional (Jim Garrison), bizarre (Marguerite Oswald), manic (Ruby); he also candidly reveals his great faux pas in "lending" Lane all the confidential Dallas police witness statements (Lane twisted ...more
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"Rational-thinking people are fortunate an intelligent, talented and energetic journalist was on the story and insisted on facts, not fabrications.
In Dallas, he broke many stories detailing Oswald’s smuggling the rifle into the book depository, the escape route that led to Oswald killing police Officer J.D. Tippit and, of course, his arrest and ultimate death at the hands of Ruby."
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Jan 28, 2014 Sarah rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, dtb
On a mission to read ALL the assassination books.
Dec 07, 2013 Deb rated it it was ok
As an historically accurate, intriguing read...5 stars
As non-fiction literature...1 star
Nov 29, 2015 Caroline rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-read-list
I won this as a First Reads on Goodreads. What an interesting and informative book about the assassination of JFK. The author Hugh Aynesworth who witnessed it all gives a detailed account of events.I liked the fact that he writes in detail about the family of Lee Harvey Oswald and how his death affected them and also what sort of character Jack Ruby was.
Being English and very young when JFK was shot, I am of course aware of all the main facts and all the footage of the assassination but the auth
Apr 08, 2016 Cpar4m rated it really liked it
This is a quick read about a local reporter who was in Dealey plaza when the assassination happened. He recounts his own story and shares all of the interviews he did with local politicians, police, witnesses and bystanders. This book does not focus on physical evidence and does not have much detail about discrepancies in different government stories, but it does bring to light how much of the story changed over time. This is a good book about the back story of people 19s lives that were ...more
Nov 04, 2013 Kary rated it it was amazing
This book was so interesting! I could not put it down. Living in Dallas I knew some about the various conspiracies surrounding JFK tragic death but Aynesworth spells out what he personally experienced and shows that these conspiracies do not have merit or proof to back them. I was not alive in 1963, parents were only 4, so I do not have a "where were you when Kennedy was shot" story. Aynesworth's first hand account made gave me an idea of what people then may have felt. I learned so much and ...more
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Mar 07, 2014 Patricia Atkinson rated it it was amazing
this book was great it explains the myths and truth of the jfk murder from a reporter who was there and checked out what leads were true or false.if you are interested in jfk or what happened 50 years ago this book is a must also compares other stories and books that were written on the subject.
Feb 27, 2016 Bg rated it did not like it
I found it bland and biased. I had heard the author was an informant for the CIA and googled him. Sure enough, I found a document written by the Dallas CIA agent J. walton Moore in 1963 saying Mr. Aynesworth had informed him of a trip to Cuba he was making and offered to fill him in on any details of Cuba. I'm not a journalist but that seems like a no-no in journalism!
Oct 16, 2013 Debra rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction, jfk
A well-written narrative by a Dallas Morning News journalist present on that fateful day. The author debunks most prevailing conspiracy theories, but does not rule out the possibility that there could still be more we do not know about the assassination of President Kennedy. A very interesting telling of an endlessly fascinating story. Highly recommended.
Jul 31, 2014 Bruce rated it liked it
A rather mundane retelling of the assassination from the point of view of a Dallas newsman at the time. Not much new here. a lone nut advocate though he does a poor job convincing anyone of that point of view.
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Four-time Pulitzer Prize finalist, bureau chief of both Newsweek and the Washington Times, and investigative team leader for ABC’s 20/20, Hugh Aynesworth was a thirty-two-year-old reporter for the Dallas Morning News when JFK’s visit to Dallas ended in tragedy. His coverage of the assassination, the trial of Jack Ruby, and the conspiracy flurry that followed earned him two Pulitzer nominations and ...more
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