Reading Room

Overlooking Dealey Plaza, the Reading Room is a place for researchers to access the Museum’s vast collection of films, photographs, artifacts, and oral history recordings.

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Dead Presidents: An American Adventure into the Strage Deaths and Surprising Afterlives of our Nation’s Leaders by Brady Carlson. 2016.

An interesting exploration into the death stories of our nation’s greatest leaders and the ways in which we continue to remember and memorialize them.

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Cold Fire: Kennedy’s Northern Front by John Boyko. 2016.

John Boyko explores the crucial period when America and its allies were fighting the Cold War’s most treacherous battles, Canadians were trading sovereignty for security, and everyone feared a nuclear holocaust.

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Drinking in America: Our Secret History by Susan Cheever. 2015.

Seen through the lens of alcoholism, American history takes on a vibrancy and a tragedy missing from earlier accounts. Many pivotal points in our history have been affected by alcohol, such as the Mayflower landing at Cape Cod, the McCarthy witch hunts, and the Kennedy assassination.

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Eye on the 60s: The Iconic Photography of Rowland Scherman produced by Chris Szwedo. 2013.

Follow the path of former LIFE photographer Rowland Scherman, who became the first Peace Corps photographer, an insider to the Kennedy and Shriver families, and who extensively photographed the March on Washington.

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The President’s Book of Secrets: The Untold Story of Intelligence Briefings to America’s Presidents from Kennedy to Obama by David Priess. 2016.

Documents the history behind the President’s Daily Brief, a top-secret document given to the president by the intelligence community that summarizes crucial information about possible global threats and opportunities.

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The Annals of Unsolved Crime by Edward Jay Epstein. 2012.

Investigative journalist Edward Jay Epstein re-investigates some of the most notorious and mysterious crimes in the past 200 years, such as the death of Marilyn Monroe and the assassinations of President Lincoln and President Kennedy.