It has now been 60 years since the assassination of President John F Kennedy in Dallas.
And yet his death remains the subject of widespread conspiracy theories.
But 30 years ago, there was a definitive book written that reached the same conclusion that the Warren Commission did in the 1960s. That conclusion: Lee Harvey Oswald killed the president, and acted alone.
The author of that book, called Case Closed, was investigative journalist Gerald Posner. Using technology completely unheard of in the 1960s, Posner reached the same conclusion.
So here now from 1993 Gerald Posner.
Gerald Posner is 69. HHs most recent book was a 2020 volume about big pharma.
On Independence Day, the Fourth of July, most of the attention is paid to the men who founded the United States of America, and rightfully so.
The actual process of uniting the states didn’t end with the Declaration of Independence. Indeed, it was just beginning.
Actually creating a single nation out of multiple independent states required an infrastructure in addition to a political statement. And that has taken more than two centuries.
In his 2013 book The Men Who United the States, journalists Simon Winchester took a deeper dive into the stories of innovations as diverse as the telegraph, the interstate highway system, and the internet.
And perhaps the irony Is that Winchester was born in the very nation from whom we declared our independence.
American history is a trove of compelling yet largely forgotten stories of courage and ingenuity and principle. Among them is the story of one African American slave who, during the Civil War, showed his true courage.
And in 1994, historian and writer Louise Meriwether used that story as the basis for a novel called Fragments of the Ark , a work of fiction meant to add flesh and blood the the dry bones of history.
With the political tied turning the way it is now in many places in America, it’s more important than ever. That stories like this be preserved.
Now, if you’re old enough, as I am, you may remember that this day was traditionally celebrated as Lincoln’s birthday. It was transformed into President’s Day in 1971, as part of the move toward more Monday holidays.
In 2005, noted presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, whose best selling books included volumes about Lyndon Johnson and John F Kennedy, took on a new subject: Abraham Lincoln.
Struck by the political acumen displayed by this simple country lawyer, Goodman titled her book
Team of Rivals.