\"Peter Knight has done the impossible-he has written
a very interesting and readable book on the Kennedy Assassination.
[The book] will prove indispensable not only to students and
researchers of American politics and culture over the last half
century, but also to the general reader.\"
-Richard H. King, author of Race, Culture, and the
As a seminal event in late twentieth-century American
history, the assassination of President John F. Kennedy has
permeated the American consciousness in a wide variety of ways. His
death has long fascinated American writers, filmmakers, and
artists. The Kennedy Assassination offers an authoritative,
critical exploration of the many ways the event has been
constructed in a range of discourses.
The book looks at a variety of historical, political,
and cultu-ral attempts to understand Ken-nedy\''s death.
Representations include journalism from the time; historical
accounts and memoirs; official investigations, government reports,
and socio-logical inquiries; numerous con-spiracy theories; novels,
plays, and other works of literature; the Zapruder footage; and
photography, avant-garde art, and Hollywood films.
\"Peter Knight\''s book on the Kennedy assassination
is the best available source we have on the most symptomatic event
of post-war American history,\" Patrick O\''Donnell, author of
Latent Destinies: Cultural Para-noia and Contemporary U.S.
Narrative, says. \"Encyclopedic in scope, elegant and clear in its
execution, wide-ranging in its assessment of the history and
representational aftermath of that dark day in Dallas, this will be
the \''go-to\'' book on the Kennedy assassination for some time to
Peter Knight is senior lecturer in American studies at
the Uni-versity of Manchester. He is author of Conspiracy Culture:
From Kennedy to \"The X-Files\" and editor of Conspiracy Nation:
The Politics of Paranoia in Postwar America, Conspiracy Theories in
American History: An Encyclopedia, and Fakes and Forgeries.