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ESSENTIAL JFK BOOKS: Don DeLillo, Norman Mailer, and DALLAS 1963

Read Bill Minutaglio's column in the Washington Post: "Tea Party has roots in Dallas 1963"

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Davis Q&A with Deborah Kalb

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DALLAS 1963 named one of the top 3 new JFK books by the most widely read magazine in America

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All the great personalities of Dallas during the assassination come alive in this superb rendering of a city on a roller coaster into disaster. History has been waiting fifty years for this book.

—Lawrence Wright, New Yorker writer and Pulitzer Prize-winning author

Praise for DALLAS 1963

an Amazon Best History Book of 2013


Best Books of 2013: Kirkus, Seattle Times, Kansas City Star


After fifty 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.

Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

A chilling portrait... The accounts of events in 1963 unfold in the book like a thriller novel.

Associated Press

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.

—George Packer, The New Yorker

A riveting portrait of a city roiled by paranoia and hate.

A taut, suspenseful moral melodrama. Minutaglio and Davis vividly bring to life a right-wing rogues' gallery.
The San Francisco Chronicle

With tremendously good research and graceful storytelling, the authors reveal the accelerating power of reactionary politics.

The Christian Science Monitor

DALLAS 1963 fascinated me most, because it showcases an extremism all too relevant to our time.

The Boston Globe

None of those new [Kennedy] books will achieve a fresher approach, or be presented as skillfully, as DALLAS 1963.

The Seattle Times

A chilling portrait... a brilliantly written, haunting eulogy to John F. Kennedy... Every page is an eye opener. Highly recommended!

—Douglas Brinkley, professor of history at Rice University and author

A well-reported and unique contribution.


This fine book proves that there is always something new to be said about that much-discussed subject.


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.

—Patrick 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 era. 



Detroit News

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.

San Diego Union-Tribune


Kansas City Star

A brisk and invigorating read.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

This jewel [is] riveting, yet sometimes unsettling...A compelling story of how and why the city of Dallas inherited [its] painful burden.

Montreal Times

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 cautionary tale.

—Robert Draper, New York Times Magazine contributor and author

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.

—Harold Evans, former editor Times of London and author

Minutaglio and Davis effectively tell that valuable story...Dallas 1963 clearly explains why the city's leaders deserved the shame that followed.

San Antonio Express-News

Finely researched...history writing at its best and an excellent study of the psychology of hate.

The Oklahoman

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.

—Matt 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.

—Christopher Lawrence, Las Vegas Review-Journal

The acclaimed Texas journalists superbly put the shocking scenes at Dealey Plaza into context. And context is always king.

Fiachra Ó Cionnaith, Irish Examiner

Brillante Beweisführung.

—Uwe Schmitt, Die Welt

A fast-paced page-turner. The seams never show in their story, despite the research and fact-finding that underlie it.
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.

—Tim Rogers, editor of D magazine

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 Front Page?"