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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Hystopia by David Means. 2016.
At the end of the 1960s, after surviving multiple assassination attempts, President John F. Kennedy is entering his third term in office. The Vietnam War rages on, and the president has created a vast federal agency, the Psych Corps, dedicated to maintaining the nation’s mental state by any means necessary.

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Politics and the Novel During the Cold War by David Caute. 2016.
David Caute’s wide-ranging study examines how outstanding novelists of the Cold War era conveyed the major issues of contemporary politics and history.

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Politics of Mourning: Death and Honor in Arlington National Cemetery by Micki McElya. 2016.
Arlington National Cemetery is America’s most sacred shrine, a destination for four million people who each year tour its grounds and honor those buried there. As Micki McElya shows, no site in the United States plays a more political role in shaping national identity.

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Presidential Suite: Eight Variations on Freedom by Ted Nash Big Band. 2016.
This creative musical take on history from Grammy-nominated composer/saxophonist Ted Nash transforms key moments from historic speeches–read by influential figures from the worlds of art and politics–into an emotionally affecting suite of modern jazz.

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The President is Dead: The Extraordinary Stories of the Presidential Deaths, Final Days, Burial, and Beyond by Louis L. Picone. 2016.
Packed with fun facts and presidential trivia about how our presidents met their ends, the circumstances of their deaths, the pomp of their funerals, and their public afterlives, along with tales of attempted grave robbings, reinternments, vandalism, conspiracy theories surrounding their deaths, and more.

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The Tunnels: Escapes Under the Berlin Wall and the Historic Films the JFK White House Tried to Kill by Greg Mitchell. 2016.
A Cold War narrative exploring two harrowing attempts to rescue East Germans by tunneling beneath the Berlin Wall, the U.S. television networks who financed and filmed them, and the Kennedy administration’s unprecedented attempt to suppress both films.