25 Things

About the Museum

This year marks The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza’s 25th anniversary. The Museum opened on Presidents Day, February 20, 1989. In observance of this milestone, each month the Museum will share a list of 25 things about its history, interesting tidbits about President Kennedy, and little-known facts related to the assassination. Check back each month for a new list of “25 Things.”
 
To learn more, make an appointment to visit our Reading Room; explore our online collections database; or pick up a copy of Assassination and Commemoration, by associate curator Stephen Fagin, available online and in both Museum stores.

Previous 25 Things lists:

April 2014: 25 Memorable Quotes from President John F. Kennedy

March 2014
: 25 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About the Weekend of November 22, 1963

February 2014: 25 Interesting Facts about The Sixth Floor Museum (and the Texas School Book Depository)

May 2014

25 Best Selling JFK-Related Books
This month’s “25 Things” lists 25 adult non-fiction books about or related to President Kennedy, in chronological order of when they first appeared on the New York Times Best Seller List. Those indicated by an asterisk (*) are available in the Museum Bookstore and Museum Store + Café. Many are no longer in print but all are accessible in The Sixth Floor Museum’s Reading Room, open Monday through Friday by appointment. See Research for more information.

1. The Making of the President - 1960
by Theodore H. White (Atheneum) -
#1 September 10, 1961

2. JFK: The Man and the Myth by Victor Lasky (MacMillan) - #1 October 6, 1963;
Out of print

3. John F. Kennedy: President by Hugh Sidey (Atheneum) - #8 December 22, 1963;
Out of print


Image 4. Profiles in Courage* by John F. Kennedy (Harper) -
#1 December 29, 1963

5. Four Days by UPI/American Heritage (American Heritage) - #1 March 22, 1964; Out of print

6. A Day in the Life of President Kennedy by Jim Bishop (Random House) - #2 May 3, 1964; Out of print

7. A Tribute to John F. Kennedy by Pierre Salinger and Sander Vanocur (Dell) - #3 July 19, 1964; Out of print

8. The Kennedy Wit by Bill Adler (The Citadel Press) -
#4 November 8, 1964; Out of print

9. The Kennedy Years by Harold Faber (Viking) - #4 December 20, 1964; Out of print

10. The Making of the President - 1964* by Theodore H. White (Atheneum) -
#1 August 1, 1965

11. My Twelve Years with John F. Kennedy
by Evelyn Lincoln (D. Mackay) -
#6 October 3, 1965; Out of print
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12. Kennedy* by Theodore Sorensen (Harper) -
#1 October 31, 1965

13. A Thousand Days by Arthur Schlesinger
(Houghton Mifflin) - #1 January 9, 1966

14. Rush to Judgment by Mark Lane (Holt) -
#1 November 13, 1966

15. With Kennedy by Pierre Salinger (Doubleday) -
#5 November 20, 1966; Out of print

16. The Death of a President* by William Manchester (Harper Collins) - #1 April 23, 1967

17. Times to Remember by Rose Kennedy (Doubleday) - #1 May 19, 1974; Out of print

18. The Kennedys: An American Drama* by Peter Collier and David Horowitz (Summit) -
#1 July 22, 1984

19. A Woman Named Jackie by C. David Heymann (Lyle Stuart/Carroll Publishing) -
#1 May 21, 1989; Out of print
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20. An Unfinished Life* by Robert Dallek (Little,
Brown) - #1 June 1, 2003

21. Jacqueline Kennedy:* Historic Conversations
on Life with John F. Kennedy (Hyperion) -
#1 October 2, 2011

22. Jack Kennedy: Elusive Hero* by Chris Matthews
(Simon & Schuster) - #3 November 20, 2011

23. Killing Kennedy by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard (Holt) - #1 October 21, 2012

24. These Few Precious Days by Christopher Andersen (Gallery Books) - #10 August 25, 2013

25. FiImageve Days in November* by Clint Hill and Lisa McCubbin (Gallery Books) - #10 December 8, 2013


Sources:
The New York Times Best Seller List
for Hardcover Non-Fiction
Hawes Publications New York Times
Adult Best Seller Lists 1950-2014