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Author: James L. Swanson Narrator: Richard Thomas Publisher: HarperAudio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2013 ISBN: 9780062265227
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Here, for the first time in decades, is a gripping, minute-by-minute account of the day President John F. Kennedy was shot. In End of Days, James Swanson reveals Lee Harvey Oswald's bizarre history of violence and follows John and Jacqueline Kennedy on their fateful Dallas motorcade ride. Swanson takes us to the sixth-floor Texas Book Depository window to look through Oswald's rifle sights, re-creates the last hours of the doomed assassin, and the day of national mourning for the president that followed, culminating in a funeral that united the country. Combining extensive research with his unparalleled storytelling abilities, Swanson turns the events of one of the darkest days of the twentieth century into a pulse-pounding thriller that will remain the definitive account of the assassination for years to come.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A master of the form, James Swanson has brought his formidable storytelling skills to bear on another tragic turning point in American history. His treatment of Dallas 1963 is grand narrative at its finest.”

    Jon Meacham, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House

  • “Swanson makes history read like a crime thriller, vividly re-creating the details surrounding the shooting through the perspectives of the killer, the victim, and those closest to them.”


  • End of Days is a fresh, modern contribution to the literature about one of the most heartbreaking crimes in history.”

    Washington Post

  • “Absorbing and fast-paced.”

    Associated Press

  • “Skillful...Authoritative...Swanson’s narrative gifts inject fresh suspense into the story of JFK’s slaying.”

    National Review

  • “A crisp, readable recital of the events surrounding the run-up to Nov. 22 and the aftermath.”

    Dallas Morning News

  • “With a gift for storytelling, an ability to juxtapose events in the lives of killer and victim, and an eye for the revelatory detail, Swanson offers a gripping account...The energy and devotion he brings to this endeavor rekindles the emotions of a half-century ago.”

    Richmond Times-Dispatch

  • “History as true-crime story…Swanson combines stellar research with a brisk, transporting narrative.”


  • “[A] ‘you are there’ edge-of-the-seat thriller.”


  • “It’s a highly detailed, highly compelling story, and it would be just as compelling if the victim didn’t happen to be JFK. Swanson is an excellent writer, and the book, which draws on many dozens of previously published works is a valuable addition to the JFK collection and to the true-crime genre as a whole.”


  • “Breathlessly re-creates the tragedy. Drawing on the decades of technological advances that have deepened the knowledge of the assassination, the author presents the stunning unfolding of the event in punchy, poignant vignettes…Chilling, gruesome and riveting.”

    Kirkus Reviews

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About the Author

James L. Swanson is the Edgar Award-winning author of the New York Times bestseller Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln’s Killer. His other books include the acclaimed photographic history Lincoln’s Assassins: Their Trial and Execution, as well as Chasing Lincoln’s Killer, and adaptations of Manhunt and Bloody Crimes for young readers. Swanson was born on Lincoln’s birthday.

About the Narrator

Richard Thomas, a film and television actor, is best known for his role as John-Boy Walton on the CBS television series, The Waltons. His performance earned him a Primetime Emmy, as well as two Golden Globe nominations. Also an audiobook narrator, he has read numerous books, including John Grisham’s Theodore Boone series.