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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Who Was Jacqueline Kennedy? by Bonnie Bader

This New York Times best-selling juvenile series takes a look at the beloved 35th First Lady of the United States, who restored the once neglected rooms of the White House to their former glory. Kids will be fascinated to read about this style icon who captivated America in the early 1960s.

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Twenty-Six Seconds: A Personal History of the Zapruder Film by Alexandra Zapruder

Abraham Zapruder’s granddaughter tells the complex history of the Zapruder film for the first time.

Part biography, part family history, part historical narrative, she shows how it changed her family and a nation’s cultural and moral identity.

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Bulletins from Dallas: Reporting the JFK Assassination by Bill Sanderson

UPI White House reporter Merriman Smith broke the news that shots had been fired at President Kennedy’s motorcade. How Smith beat his competition on the story is legendary, but the biggest scoop of his career foreshadowed his personal downfall.

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JFK and the Masculine Mystique: Sex and Power on the New Frontier by Steven Watts

Not just another Kennedy biography. Watts examines the President’s allure and popularity in the cultural context of post-war America and the rise of the new modern man.

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The Reporter Who Knew Too Much: The Mysterious Death of What’s My Line TV Star and Media Icon Dorothy Kilgallen by Mark Shaw

Celebrated journalist Dorothy Kilgallen died under mysterious circumstances while working on an investigative report about the assassination of President Kennedy. Shaw attempts to expose the shadowy characters and circumstances that silenced her.