46 years ago today, the country stopped, people mourned, and the world grieved. Today marks the anniversary of President John F. Kennedy's assassination. I feel like I should have memories of this event, with so many images available from that day, but I was 3 years from being born. Still I wonder, "What might have been?"
With this event and the recent death of Senator Ted Kennedy, I've personally committed to read at least one Kennedy-related book between now and the next anniversary on Nov. 22, 2010. Here are a few I'm considering:
JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died and Why it Matters, by James Douglass
Grace & Power: The Private World of the Kennedy White House by, Sally Bedell Smith
A Thousand Days: JFK in the White House by Arthur Schlesinger
President Kennedy, by Richard Reeves
Conversations with Kennedy, by Ben Bradlee
My 12 Years with JFK, by Evelyn Lincoln
I'm not a conspiracy-theorist. I don't really know what happened that day. I don't think anyone ever will. I'd like to think that after 46 years with the advancement of technology we could better analyze the remaining documents or film or evidence. But I certainly would like to know more about the man and his presidency, and ultimately his death.