Amazon Best History Book of 2013
THE DAILY BEAST: ESSENTIAL
JFK BOOKS: Don
Mailer, and DALLAS
Best Books of
2013: Kirkus, Seattle Times, Kansas
years, it’s a challenge to fashion a new lens
with which to view the tragic events of
November 22, 1963—yet Minutaglio and Davis
pull it off brilliantly.
A chilling portrait... The accounts of
events in 1963 unfold in the book like a
—Publishers Weekly (Starred
The authors describe the potent brew of
right-wing passions... Dallas 1963
places the assassin in context as a malleable,
unstable figure breathing the city’s
extraordinarily feverish air.
A riveting portrait of a city roiled by
paranoia and hate.
—George Packer, The New Yorker
A taut, suspenseful moral melodrama.
Minutaglio and Davis vividly bring to life a
right-wing rogues' gallery.
With tremendously good research and
graceful storytelling, the authors reveal the
accelerating power of reactionary politics.
DALLAS 1963 fascinated me most, because it
showcases an extremism all too relevant to our
Christian Science Monitor
—The Boston Globe
None of those new [Kennedy] books will
achieve a fresher approach, or be presented
as skillfully, as DALLAS 1963.
A chilling portrait... a brilliantly
written, haunting eulogy to John F. Kennedy...
Every page is an eye opener. Highly
professor of history at Rice University
A well-reported and unique contribution.
This fine book proves that there is
always something new to be said about that
The only [new JFK book] that really
distinguishes itself is this terrifying
account of the potent blend of right-wing
hysteria, subversive reactionaries, and
violence that bubbled over in Dallas in the
years before Oswald pulled the trigger. The
scariest part: the paranoid right was as
freaked out then as they are now.
—The Daily Beast
Minutaglio and Davis] so effectively set
the scene in the years, months and weeks
leading up to Nov. 22 that the assassination
reads not as a historical abomination but as
the logical result of the violence, paranoia
and hate that preceded it.
Beach, Austin American-Statesman
Mesmerizing...[General Edwin Walker]
comes off as a real-life version of Jack D.
Ripper from Dr. Strangelove, and that
movie's sense of dark comedy and menace
permeates the real world of Dallas in this
A fast-paced narrative...The authors
never claim directly that Dallas became a
place where Oswald felt welcome doing what
he did, but their cautionary tale makes the
assassination seem almost inevitable.
A brisk and invigorating read.
This jewel [is] riveting, yet sometimes
unsettling...A compelling story of how and
why the city of Dallas inherited [its]
In this harrowing,
masterfully-paced depiction of a disaster
waiting to happen, Minutaglio and Davis
examine a prominent American city in its
now-infamous moment of temporary insanity.
Because those days of partisan derangement
look all too familiar today, DALLAS 1963 isn’t
just a gripping narrative—it’s also a somber
—Robert Draper, New
York Times Magazine contributor and
The authors skillfully marry a narrative
of the lead-up to the fateful day with
portrayals of the Dixiecrats, homophobes,
John Birchers, hate-radio spielers, and the
‘superpatriots’ who were symptomatic of the
paranoid tendency in American politics.
Minutaglio and Davis effectively tell that
valuable story...Dallas 1963 clearly explains
why the city's leaders deserved the shame that
—Harold Evans, former editor Times
of London and author
Finely researched...history writing at
its best and an excellent study of the
psychology of hate.
Every great book season needs that one
deeply researched non-fiction heavyweight,
and this fall, it's DALLAS 1963, a
collaboration between writers Bill
Minutaglio and Steven L. Davis that should
be enthralling catnip for history junkies.
Barone, Complex Pop Culture
Why was JFK assassinated in Dallas, of all
places? Minutaglio and Davis answer that
question...and even though we know what
happened, getting to that last point is
squirmy: my heart pounded, I wanted to
yell 'WATCH OUT!' When you can immerse
yourself in a book like that, it's always a
good sign—which is why I recommend this one.
Lawrence, Las Vegas Review-Journal
acclaimed Texas journalists superbly put the
shocking scenes at Dealey Plaza into
context. And context is always king.
Ó Cionnaith, Irish Examiner
—Uwe Schmitt, Die
A fast-paced page-turner.
The seams never show in their story, despite
the research and fact-finding that underlie
—Fort Worth Weekly
I owe a huge debt of
gratitude to Bill Minutaglio and Steven L.
Davis for filling in an embarrassing gap in my
education. They co-wrote Dallas 1963...It's
wonderful, and I suggest you go ahead and
[order] it now.
A remarkable new book...The best
examinations of history remind us that forces
driving the events of, say 50 years ago,
are...likely to re-form and gather strength
anew. —Steve Robinson, "Do
Events of 50 Years Ago Remind Us of Today's
—Tim Rogers, editor of D magazine