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Review: Parkland

March 11, 2014


Parkland by Vincent Bugliosi is the detailed story of the four days following November 23, 1963 – the day President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas.  This book is very well researched and tells the story from some unique perspectives.  Rather than focus on whether the investigation got things right, this book tells the story from the points of view of people directly involved after the event – the First Lady, doctors, nurses, police officers, ordinary citizens, and even family members of Lee Harvey Oswald, as well as many others.

I’ve read both fiction and non-fiction books about Kennedy’s assassination in the past but this one is different from any I’ve read before.  Even though it was disturbing at times, I found it fascinating.  Bugliosi’s writing made the book accessible and engaging and I found myself anxious to get back to it.

I was too young to know what was going on at the time of the assassination but this book brought that horrific event and its aftermath alive for me.  It also brought to life the horror the First Lady had to live through and it broke my heart.  Overall, I thought this book was outstanding and recommend it to anyone interested in Kennedy’s assassination – just keep in mind that some parts are difficult to read.

I listened to the audio version of Parkland.  Edward Herrmann does a great job narrating it – I’ve come to enjoy his narration of non-fiction books.  The audio is on 8 CDs and lasts approximately 9 hours.

Sheila of Book Journey sent this book to me.   I am an Indiebound Affiliate.
21 Comments leave one →
  1. sandynawrot permalink
    March 11, 2014 6:37 am

    It’s weird, I can’t find this title at all at my library! But what I did find is some really incredible-looking titles written by this author. Obviously this investigative non-fiction is this thing. I’m going to wait a bit and look again. Sounds like something I need to read!

  2. March 11, 2014 6:50 am

    The only other book I’ve read by Bugliosi is Helter Skelter and it, too, had some very difficult passages. This one sounds interesting, but I’m still working my way through Stephen King’s 11/22/63!

  3. March 11, 2014 7:14 am

    This has been on my list and now I think I’ll try it in audio. It sounds fascinating. I remember the assassination fairly clearly; I was in fourth grade.

  4. March 11, 2014 8:51 am

    Does sound like it would be good in audio!

  5. March 11, 2014 8:57 am

    I’ve been on a nonfiction audio kick lately and am fascinated by anything related to the Kennedys… this sounds perfect for me!

  6. Patty permalink
    March 11, 2014 10:06 am

    Sounds intense…I need to read more nonfiction.

  7. Beth Hoffman permalink
    March 11, 2014 10:44 am

    The husband of one of my good friends is fascinated with the Kennedy assassination. I’ll be sure to send him a like to your post.

  8. March 11, 2014 12:17 pm

    Oh, wow — this sounds very good.

  9. March 11, 2014 4:03 pm

    Maybe not for me, reality, nah

  10. March 11, 2014 4:54 pm

    This does sound like a fascinating read! I read his Helter Skelter long ago.

  11. March 11, 2014 5:00 pm

    This does sound like a fascinating way to learn more about that terrible time. Good and concise review of this audiobook, Kathy!

  12. March 11, 2014 7:43 pm

    I don’t think I’ve read any book about Kennedy’s assassination but this one sounds very fascinating to me. I’m going to see if my library has a copy.

  13. March 11, 2014 7:53 pm

    I like to read about this event, thank you for your review.

  14. March 11, 2014 8:03 pm

    This does sound unique. I’d be interested in this.

  15. March 11, 2014 10:58 pm

    I like good non-fiction books. This one sounds well-written and engaging, which is so essential in non-fiction books.

  16. trish422 permalink
    March 11, 2014 11:11 pm

    I’ve never read a book about the assassination, and I wasn’t around yet to have have any memories of it. This sounds interesting, but maybe too heartbreaking for me right now.

  17. March 12, 2014 1:36 am

    My husband would love to listen to this audiobook. He loves reading/watching anything to do with Kennedy or his assassination.

  18. March 12, 2014 7:29 am

    This sounds like a great book – I love reading about all things Kennedy, especially if the book is different from the others! Adding to my TBR list.

  19. March 12, 2014 8:35 pm

    Excellent! You’ve piqued my interest. It’s been a long time since I’ve read or watched anything about Kennedy. I’ll have to look for this one.

  20. March 16, 2014 12:04 pm

    I have read many books on Kennedy’s life and assassination. I’ll have to look this one up.

  21. bookingmama permalink
    March 29, 2014 7:05 pm

    This is before my time but I remember visiting the site in Dallas as a kid!

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