In the book, "Dallas 1963," Steven L. Davis and co-author Bill Minutaglio explore the swirling forces that led many people to warn President John F. Kennedy to avoid Dallas on his fateful trip to Texas. Davis will give a talk at the Westport Library on Monday, Nov. 4, at 7 p.m. on the events that led to Kennedy's death.
From intimate glimpses of the Kennedy family and the machinations of the Kennedy White House to the obsessed men in Dallas who concocted the climate of hatred that led many to blame the city for the president's death, "Dallas 1963" presents what happened in the weeks and months leading to Kennedy's assassination. Dallas was full of angry, anti-Kennedy characters like defrocked military Gen. Edwin A. Walker, the world's richest oil baron; H.L. Hunt, the leader of the largest Baptist congregation in the world and media mogul Ted Daley. On the same stage was a compelling cast of marauding gangsters, swashbuckling politicos, unsung civil rights heroes and a stylish millionaire anxious to save his doomed city. The book is a fresh look at a national tragedy, but also a sobering reminder of how radical, polarizing ideologies can poison a city -- and a nation.
Books will be available for purchase and signing at the program, which is free. For information, call the library at 203-291-4800, or visit www.westportlibrary.org. The library is at 20 Jesup Road.