End of Days: The Assassination of John F. KennedyOriginal air date: June 6, 2014
It’s been over 50 years since President Kennedy’s assassination on November 22, 1963. The shooting and the irregular manner in which the Secret Service handled this day in Dallas, Texas has haunted the nation for five decades and spawned countless conspiracy theories.
My guest this week, best-selling author, James Swanson was in Richmond to present his newest book, End of Days: The Assassination of John F. Kennedy at the Junior League’s 2014 Book and Author dinner. End of Days is an hour-by-hour, minute by minute and sometimes split-second chronicling of the facts surrounding the day that Lee Harvey Oswald shot and killed the President of the United States, told like a true crime story.
On today’s show James Swanson will discuss how JFK’s approachable personality, the Secret Service’s egregious errors and one opportunistic maniac transformed a beautiful afternoon in Dallas to one of the darkest days in US history.
There are parts of this interview that are really disturbing, but necessary, and so, this program may not be suitable for sensitive listeners.
James Swanson is the Edgar Award-winning author of the New York Times bestsellers Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln’s Killer and its sequel, Bloody Crimes: The Funeral of Abraham Lincoln and the Chase for Jefferson Davis. His other books include the award-winning bestseller for young adults Chasing Lincoln’s Killer. He was a recipient of a Historic Deerfield Fellowship in Early American History, and he serves on the advisory council of the Ford’s Theater Society. Swanson has degrees in history and in law from the University of Chicago and UCLA and has held a number of government and think-tank posts in Washington, D.C., including at the United States Department of Justice.