Friday, February 18, 2011

The Kennedy Detail by Gerald Blaine with Lisa McCubbin

I was in sophomore biology, sitting next to Walter M., when it came over the school speaker - Kennedy had been shot.
Nearly fifty years later the men responsible for the protection of President Kennedy speak out.  Blaine makes use of his own memory and notes as well as those of the others in the detail.  He takes the reader through the years leading up to that fateful day and how the Secret Service organized their protection.
Blaine has done a phenomenal job.  I felt like I was right there, again experiencing the events.  Blaine has written in the third person (the reason for which he explains) and it adds a great deal to the flow of the book.
Blaine hopes to put to rest many of the conspiracy theories still floating around.  He also wants readers to know that the detail did all they could.  Some tragedies happen regardless of the preparation made to prevent it.
Gallery, 448 pages.

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