November 22, 1963: Witness to History

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On November 22, 1963, reporter Hugh Aynesworth was not among the cadre of reporters and photographers assigned to cover the Dallas visit of President John Kennedy. Within thirty-six hours, however, Aynesworth had witnessed the assassination of the president, the arrest of the assassin, and the shooting of Lee Harvey Oswald by Jack Ruby. Now fifty years later, November 22, 1963: Witness to History recounts events that have passed into memory and controversy-and sets the record straight.

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On November 22, 1963, science and aerospace reporter Hugh Aynesworth had the day off. He was not among the cadre of reporters and photographers assigned to cover the Dallas visit of President John F. Kennedy. Within thirty-six hours, however, Aynesworth had witnessed the assassination of the president, the arrest of the assassin, and the shooting of Lee Harvey Oswald by Jack Ruby. Now fifty years later, Witness to History recounts events that have passed into memory and controversy—and sets the record straight. In his intriguing behind-the-scenes narrative, Aynesworth recreates the harrowing hours following the president's death; builds portraits of the assassin's mother and wife; and engages readers as eyewitnesses to the frenetic aftermath. “The rifle shots had barely stopped echoing over Dealey Plaza that Friday afternoon a half century ago before untruths, both innocent and deliberate, began to distort the record and creep uncorrected in the world's consciousness.” From the perspective of fifty years and with an investigative reporter's passion for facts, Aynesworth dispels false accounts and reveals the truth about those who sought to profit from their fortuitous (or manufactured) connection to the assassination.

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Four-time Pulitzer Prize finalist, bureau chief of both Newsweek and the Washington Times, and investigative team leader for ABC's 20/20, Hugh Aynesworth was a thirty-two-year-old reporter for the Dallas Morning News when JFK's visit to Dallas ended in tragedy. His coverage of the assassination, the trial of Jack Ruby, and the conspiracy flurry that followed earned him two Pulitzer nominations and recognition as one of the most respected authorities on the Kennedy assassination. His reporting of Martin Luther King's assassination, the 1993 Branch Davidian standoff and fire, and the 1995 bombing of the federal building in Oklahoma City marked his career advancement from a small-town sports editor to bureau chief. Aynesworth is the author or coauthor of seven books, including The Only Living Witness and Conversations with a Killer about serial murderer Ted Bundy. He has served as president of the Dallas Press Club and the Press Club Foundation and has won over seventy local, regional, and national awards. Hugh Aynesworth lives in Dallas with his wife Paula, a sales executive at KERA and KXT North Texas Public Media.

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