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JULIAN READ - JFK's Final Hours in Texas

Tuesday, November 26, 2013 - 7:00pm
603 N Lamar Blvd
78703-5413 Austin
JFK's Final Hours in Texas: An Eyewitness Remembers the Tragedy and Its Aftermath Cover Image
ISBN: 9780988508323
Availability: Backordered. Place an order and we will let you know when to expect your book.
Published: Dolph Briscoe Center For American History - January 1st, 2013


Tuesday, November 26 at 7PM

BookPeople Presents

Eyewitness to the JFK Assassination

speaking & signing
JFK's Final Hours in Texas:
An Eyewitness Remembers
the Tragedy and Its Aftermath


The national media representative for Texas Governor John B. Connally in 1963, Julian Read is one of the few remaining eyewitnesses to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. He was on the White House press corps bus as part of JFK's motorcade in downtown Dallas on November 22. Now, for the first time, Read describes the agony of that day and the weeks immediately following for those at the epicenter of the tragedy, and the history-changing legacies of the Kennedy assassination for Texas and our nation.

Julian Read rode within full view of JFK’s limousine, which was driving slowly less than 200 yards ahead, uncovered so enthusiastic crowds could see the charismatic first couple and their Texas hosts, Governor and Mrs. Connally. From his front seat, Read had a clear view across the bus driver onto Dealey Plaza, looking down the incline at the presidential car as it rolled past the School Book Depository. Suddenly, he heard a loud pop—and then, two more—that changed the course of history.


JULIAN READ was the first to deliver an eyewitness account of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination to the media. Read is known as a nationally prominent corporate communications and public affairs counselor who has been part of the state’s business and political scene for more than half a century. He founded and operated his own firm, Read-Poland Associates, for five decades before partnering with New York public relations executive Jeff Hunt to merge it with a global industry leader. Based in Austin, Read continues to provide senior counsel for Cohn & Wolfe, a worldwide unit of London-based WPP.

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