The Assassination of JFK: Minute by Minute

by Jonathan Mayo

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This is the story of JFK’s assassination as told from the frontline: it is about the people – from the highest to the lowest – who were caught up in that four-day whirlwind in November 1963.

From Dallas nightclub reporter Tony Zoppi, who found himself carrying the president’s casket; Secret Service agent Clint Hill beating his hands in despair on the trunk of the limousine as he watches Kennedy die; Howard Brennan, a construction worker on a lunch break watching a man take aim on the motorcade with a rifle; reporter Hugh Aynesworth with only an electricity bill on which to write notes for the scoop of his career; DJ John Peel a few feet from Oswald as he’s questioned by the press; to Robert Kennedy sitting in the dark in the back of an empty army truck, waiting for his brother’s body to arrive.

The Assassination of JFK: Minute by Minute is pure chronological narrative, giving a blow by blow account of the terrible events as they unfolded.

“Reads like a pacey, page-turning, cold war political thriller.”
Dermot O'Leary
“Packed with vivid detail, and arranged in the minute by minute style that Jonathan Mayo has pioneered on the radio, this account of the murder of John F Kennedy gripped me from the first page to the last.”
Jeremy Vine
“A page-turning look at a defining moment of the 20th century...present[ed] in a style reminiscent of a Fifties true crime movie, using memoirs and statements given under oath...Mayo has a great eye for details that brings history to life and creates a compelling narrative. ”
The Express

About Jonathan Mayo

Jonathan Mayo joined the BBC in 1987, first working in radio and then television, where he won awards for his documentaries. In 2012 he became a freelance producer, director and writer. He lives in Surrey with his wife Hannah and son Charlie.