An examination of JFK's life instead of his death
When we think of John F. Kennedy, we can't help but bring to mind images of his assassination, but if there's anything surprising about the 50th anniversary of his killing, it is the books that look back at his life.
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"The Day Kennedy Died"
That may be because there's no new ground to be broken on the assassination, although Life magazine's magnificent "The Day Kennedy Died" (Life Books: 192 pp., $50) does offer a lavish retrospective that takes us through the tragedy, ending with the president's funeral. There is perspective (a chapter on conspiracy theories) and nostalgia (a reprint of the Nov. 29, 1963, issue of the magazine). Best of all is a gatefold featuring every frame of the Zapruder film in sequence, accompanied by an essay offering commentary from Zapruder's granddaughter, Alexandra, who is working on a book about the family and the film.