Remembering JFK: 50 Years after the Assassination

“Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” Those are among the most famous words spoken by John F. Kennedy in his inaugural address as our nation’s 35th president.

On this 50th anniversary of his assassination, we take time to reflect on his life, his presidency, his tragic death and his legacy. In addition to the more than 40,000 books already published about JFK, there’s a shelf full of new titles which were released this year. Here’s a quick guide to help you discover some of the best-selling and most-talked-about nonfiction this season.

(Row 1) Five Days in November by Clint Hill and Lisa McCubbin, The Kennedy Assassination by Professor Matthew Smith and David Southwell, End of Days by James Swanson, The Day Kennedy Was Shot by Jim Bishop; (Row 2) Killing Kennedy by Bill O’Reilly, Camelot’s Court: Inside the Kennedy White House by Robert Dallek, Jack Kennedy: Elusive Hero by Chris Matthews, TIME JFK: His Enduring Legacy by David Von Drehle with Chris Matthews; (Row 3) Mrs. Kennedy and Me by Clint Hill and Lisa McCubbin, Jacqueline Kennedy: Historic Conversations on Life with John F. Kennedy by Caroline Kennedy, Photographic History of JFK: His Life, His Legacy by Tim Hill; and Dallas 1963 by Bill Minutaglio. 

Meredith is Associate Creative Director at Half Price Books Corporate. 
You can follow her on Twitter at @msquare21.

43 Presidential Biographies: George Washington to Barack Obama

It’s Election Day!  And the biggest headline looming for tomorrow’s newspapers is the pending results of today’s vote.  November is also National Lifewriting Month, a chance for nonfiction writers to celebrate alongside their NaNoWriMo fiction-writing friends.  Politics aside, our nation’s history is full of remarkable leaders who have stories worth documenting and sharing.

Picking up from Bill’s five favorite presidential biographies, here is a complete list of biographies on our nation’s presidents – from United States Founding Father, George Washington, to first African American U.S. President, Barack Obama.  Since 1789, we’ve had 56 presidential elections and 43 different presidents, nine of whom ascended to the office from the Vice-Presidency. (Some more facts to help you to brush up on your American History: 15 presidents were re-elected for consective terms.  Grover Cleveland was both the 22nd and 24th president.  Franklin D. Roosevelt had the most number of years in office).


Who do you think will win the 57th Presidential Election? Will Barack Obama be re-elected for another term? Or, will Mitt Romney be the 45th President of the United States?

Meredith is Associate Creative Director at Half Price Books Corporate.
You can follow her on Twitter at @msquare21.