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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alexandra Zapruder Narrator: Alexandra Zapruder Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2016 ISBN: 9781478924159
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The moving, untold family story behind Abraham Zapruder’s film footage of the Kennedy assassination and its lasting impact on our world.

Abraham Zapruder didn’t know when he began filming President Kennedy’s motorcade on November 22, 1963 that his home movie would change not only his family’s life but American culture and history, as well. Now his granddaughter tells the whole story of the Zapruder film for the first time. With the help of personal family records, previously sealed archival sources, and interviews, she traces the film’s complex journey through history, considering its impact on her family and the public realms of the media, courts, Federal government, and the arts community. Part biography, part family history, and part historical narrative, Zapruder shows how twenty-six seconds of film changed a family and raised some of the most important social, cultural, and moral questions of our time.

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Quotes & Awards

  • A first-rate work of biography and history, addressing the film and the family in all their complexity and character...absorbing, deeply researched. USA Today
  • Enlightening...an intelligent blend of memoir and cultural criticism that breaks fresh ground in the crowded field of JFK assassination studies. San Francisco Chronicle
  • A moving and enlightening account of the famous film. Joyce Carol Oates, The Washington Post
  • An intriguing history of one of the most significant home movies ever recorded. Kirkus Reviews
  • A fascinating and cautionary tale. Wall Street Journal
  • Enlightening...an intelligent blend of memoir and cultural criticism that breaks fresh ground in the crowded field of JFK assassination studies. San Francisco Chronicle
  • A moving and enlightening account of the famous film. Joyce Carol Oates, The Washington Post
  • “A high-stakes morality tale, suspenseful, thought-provoking, and at times nasty.”

    John Berendt, New York Times bestselling author

  • [A] well-written exploration of conspiracy, propriety, copyright, and public good versus private gain...reaffirming [the film's] position as a true relic, one of the few in a secular world. Publishers Weekly (starred review)
  • An intriguing history of one of the most significant home movies ever recorded. Kirkus Reviews
  • The fifty year saga of the most important witness to the JFK assassination-a home movie shot by Abraham Zapruder-is a high-stakes morality tale, suspenseful, thought-provoking, and at times nasty. Zapruder's embattled descendants defend their claim to the film, while researchers, conspiracy theorists, disapproving editorial writers and the federal government swirl around them, and millions of dollars hang in the balance. John Berendt, New York Times bestselling author of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
  • [A] well-written exploration of conspiracy, propriety, copyright, and public good versus private gain...reaffirming [the film's] position as a true relic, one of the few in a secular world. Publishers Weekly (starred review)
  • Riveting...offers up a complex and highly entertaining story of an assassination, a reel of film, and a Texas-based clan, which also draws in Dan Rather, Life magazine, Geraldo Rivera, the Warren Commission, a pile of money, and a whole lot more. The National Book Review
  • Riveting. The Dallas Morning News
  • A first-rate work of biography and history, addressing the film and the family in all their complexity and character...absorbing, deeply researched. USA Today
  • A fascinating and cautionary tale. Wall Street Journal
  • Riveting...offers up a complex and highly entertaining story of an assassination, a reel of film, and a Texas-based clan, which also draws in Dan Rather, Life magazine, Geraldo Rivera, the Warren Commission, a pile of money, and a whole lot more. The National Book Review
  • Riveting. The Dallas Morning News
  • Exhaustively researched. Bookreporter
  • Exhaustively researched. Bookreporter
  • Zapruder is a gifted writer and storyteller who delicately unravels a minor mystery few people know or care about, but that she makes human, complex and quite interesting. New York Times Book Review
  • Zapruder is a gifted writer and storyteller who delicately unravels a minor mystery few people know or care about, but that she makes human, complex and quite interesting. New York Times Book Review
  • The odyssey of America's most famous amateur footage is recounted with skill and sensitivity....Alexandra is a fine storyteller... the story never lags...Alexandra Zapruder has written a book which transcends the film and the tragedy in Dallas. Washington Independent Review of Books
  • Zapruder offers a unique perspective. New York Post
  • A fascinating history. Men's Journal
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About the Author
Alexandra Zapruder began her career on the founding staff of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. A graduate of Smith College, she later earned her Master's Degree in Education at Harvard University. She is the author of Salvaged Pages: Young Writers' Diaries of the Holocaust, which won the National Jewish Book Award in the Holocaust category. She also served as the guest curator for an exhibition of original diaries at Holocaust Museum Houston. She wrote and co-produced I'm Still Here, a documentary film for young audiences based on Salvaged Pages, which was awarded the Jewish Image Award for Best Television Special by the National Foundation for Jewish Culture and was nominated for two Emmy awards. Alexandra has traveled around the country and spoken to thousands of teachers, students, and others about her work.