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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Launching LBJ: How a Kennedy Insider Helped Define Johnson’s Presidency by Helen O’Donnell. 2018

Kenneth O’Donnell was President Kennedy’s Chief of Staff and close advisor. Journalist Helen O’Donnell uses her father’s journals to reveal how despite being political adversaries, Johnson and O’Donnell worked together in the early days of Johnson’s presidency.

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Talking to the Stars: Bobbie Wygant’s Seventy Years in Television by Bobbie Wygant. 2018

In this memoir, Wygant recalls her trailblazing career as an arts and entertainment reporter for Dallas-Fort Worth’s Channel 5 and memories of being live on-the-air with her popular midday program Dateline on November 22, 1963 when news broke of the assassination.

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Everything Is Connected: Art and Conspiracy by Douglas Eklund, Ian Alteveer, Jonathan Lethem. 2018.

This provocative book examines how artists from the 1960s to the present explore both covert power and the mutual suspicion between governments and their citizens. Featured are works by 30 contemporary artists whose work addresses the subject of conspiracy and media manipulation in modern culture.

I’m Dr. Red Duke by Bryant Boutwell. 2018

An intimate portrait of James Henry “Red” Duke Jr., MD, was an icon of twentieth-century medicine, a pioneer and visionary, and a lifelong son of Texas who, far from forgetting his roots, reveled in them.

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In Harm’s Way: JFK, World War II, and the Heroic Rescue of PT 109 by Iain C. Martin. 2018

A thrilling true survival story for young readers that follows one of America’s most beloved presidents, John F. Kennedy, as he fought to save his crew after a deadly shipwreck in the Pacific during World War II.

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The Dogs of Camelot: Stories of the Kennedy Canines by Margaret Reed and Joan Lownds. 2018

An inside story of the Kennedy family’s lifelong love of dogs and the unparalleled canine corps they brought to the White House. Included are previously unpublished photos and stories that expose a fascinating angle about Kennedy’s character and compassion.

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Rising Star, Setting Sun: Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, and the Presidential Transition that Changed America. 2018

A study of contrasts, this book explores the complicated and consequential transition of power from Dwight D. Eisenhower to John F. Kennedy. It evokes universal themes about the nature of power, the allure of change, the wisdom of age, the impetuousness of youth, and the misunderstandings between generations.