New York: Harper & Row, (1967). First Edition. Hardcover. Octavo; pp; xvi, (ii), (2), 3-710 with index; maps, schematics, endpaper chronology and endpaper map; blue cloth lettered in gilt in a unclipped dust jacket;. Very good / very good. Item #14242
A Controversial book. The Death of a President (1967), is a detailed account of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Manchester was commissioned by the Kennedy family to write the book. Manchester, who retraced the movements of President Kennedy and Lee Harvey Oswald before the assassination, concluded, based on his study of Oswald's psychology and their similar training as Marine sharpshooters, that Oswald had acted alone. However, before the book could be published, Jacqueline Kennedy filed a lawsuit to prevent its publication, even though she had previously authorized it. The suit was settled in 1967, reportedly with Manchester's agreeing to drop certain passages dealing with details of Kennedy's family life. In his collection of essays Controversy (1977), Manchester detailed Kennedy's attempts to suppress the book. The book was a best-seller, but was allowed to go out of print until September 2013, when Little, Brown and Company announced it would reissue the book in October 2013.