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From Love Field : our final hours with president John F. Kennedy
Connally, Nellie, 1919-2006.
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York, NY : Rugged Land, [2003]

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203 pages : illustrations, facsimile, portraits ; 22 cm
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E842.9 .C667 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Biography
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E842.9 .C667 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
E842.9 .C667 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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"I awakened early on Friday morning, November 22, 1963. The day was gray and somber. Rain was falling...I asked John if I could ride with him to Dallas, and his reply was 'certainly.' We got in the jump seats right behind the driver and secret service man in the front. I was on the driver's side. Mrs. Kennedy was behind me. The President sat directly behind John. We were a happy foursome. I had my yellow roses; Jackie had red ones. I turned to the President as the formation of cars turned onto Elm Street and said, ' Mr. President, you certainly cannot say that Dallas does not love you.'"

Nellie Connally, wife of the late governor of Texas John Connally, shares her personal diary of the JFK assassination. While a seminal document in our nation's history-the original document is to be archived at the University of Texas-From Love Field is, at heart, one woman's account of a personal tragedy. Written for her children and grandchildren forty years ago in November 1963, the diary details what it took as a wife, mother, and friend to cope with an unimaginable personal and public ordeal.

With the twenty-six-page original document expertly reproduced in its entirely and an additional narrative detailing the days before and after the fatal shots, From Love Field also includes many major newsbreaking revelations that further delineate Mrs. Connally's longstanding dispute of the Warren Commission's findings.

Along with Mickey Herskowitz, a longtime family friend and coauthor of John Connally's autobiography In History's Shadow, Nellie Connally has, at last, broken her silence and given the country a personal point of view of the most controversial and disturbing chapter in its history.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Of the four people riding in the presidential limousine on November 22, 1963, only one survivor remains who can intimately reveal what actually occurred inside the car on that tragic day. Nellie Connally, wife of then-governor John Connally, had just turned to speak to the president when the first bullet struck. What happened next has been examined in such minute detail that one would think there would be nothing left to discover. Yet in an elegantly simple, warm, and heartfelt memoir, Connally reveals a wealth of poignant and personal details, from why Jackie Kennedy was frantically scrambling across the back of the limo during those first crucial seconds to how Jack Ruby so easily gained access to Lee Harvey Oswald. Written two days after her husband's release from the hospital, Connally's handwritten notes languished forgotten for decades. Penned not for posterity but for future generations of her own family, Connally's eyewitness recollections afford historians astounding new insights into one of this country's most defining moments. --Carol Haggas Copyright 2003 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

?Mr. President, you certainly can?t say Dallas doesn?t love you!? Connally, Texas?s first lady, had just said these words to President John Kennedy as they rode in their open black Lincoln when shots rang out on Nov. 22, 1963, killing the president and wounding the author?s husband, Texas governor John Connally. This thin memoir, based on notes that Mrs. Connally made at the time of the shooting, offers little insight into the events of that tragic day. Her description of the security needs that changed her family?s life after the assassination and of her acceptance of the Warren Commission?s conclusion that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone are not of broad interest. Readers looking for memorials of President Kennedy on this 40th anniversary of his assassination have a wealth of more satisfying books to choose from. (Nov.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Library Journal Review

The assassination of President Kennedy 40 years ago this month jolted Americans into the realization that their country would never be the same, says Wrone. This history of the 26-second Zapruder film and its role in the criminal investigation argues forcefully that Kennedy was shot by more than one person, none of whom was Lee Harvey Oswald. Wrone is neither a Warren Commission defender nor an outlandish conspiracy theorist but a careful historian who presents a strong case that the Warren Commission hastily and wrongly concluded that Oswald murdered Kennedy and that a single "magic bullet" shot both the President and Texas governor John Connally. Wrone calls Gerald Posner's influential 1993 Case Closed "one of the most error-ridden works on the assassination" but also condemns conspiracy enthusiasts like Oliver Stone for offering such shoddy speculations that the government and mainstream media often treat the work of serious assassination researchers as screeds bordering on the paranoid. Future assassination researchers will consult this fascinating history of the indelible Zapruder film. Strongly recommended for academic and most public libraries. While Lubin (art, Wake Forest Univ.) also makes some interesting comments about the Zapruder film, which he calls "a political thriller," his book offers only cursory comments about the assassination itself. Instead, he provides a series of provocative essays about how perceptions of the Kennedys have become part of our national memory. Lubin's spirited and gracefully written essays demonstrate that John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Kennedy became such dominant personalities because the public associated them with enduring themes of classical and popular culture. For example, the Kennedys, viewed as classic defenders of the poor, and The Beverly Hillbillies, the most popular TV show of 1963, were both known for poking fun at the rich. In addition, the macho image that Kennedy cultivated was enhanced by his reading Ian Fleming's best-selling James Bond novels. Following the death of the President, the Camelot myth of noble leadership and the protection of all subjects was readily accepted by a grieving nation. As Lubin shows, this myth was already ingrained in American culture, and he skillfully relates how Kennedy used it to stir the populace and create his own iconography. He also explains why these myths, reinforced by both ancient and contemporary images, remain vibrant. Strongly recommended for academic and larger public libraries. "Mr. President, you certainly can't say that Dallas doesn't love you!" These were the famously innocent last words that Nellie Connally, wife of the Texas governor, uttered to Kennedy seconds before he was killed. In a voice that is both forthright and personable, she presents her recollections of the momentous events of November 22, 1963, based on notes written shortly after the assassination but lost and not rediscovered until 1996. Nellie Connally is the last surviving dignitary who rode in that fateful presidential limo, and this memoir shows how the events of this national trauma personally affected her and the three Connally children. The reader shares her anger at seeing Lee Harvey Oswald receiving excellent medical treatment in the same hospital where President Kennedy was pronounced dead and where her husband almost died from an assassin's bullet. The three Connally children tell how they were pulled out of school that day, while rumors swirled that their wounded father was already dead. This unique account tells how Nellie Connally coped with the long recovery of her husband and how the Connally family lost its sense of security as a result of the assassination. This well-illustrated memoir by a witness to history is recommended for public libraries.-Karl Helicher, Upper Merion Twp. Lib., King of Prussia, PA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.