Bill Minutaglio and Steven L. Davis: Hachette Speakers Bureau

Bill Minutaglio and Steven L. Davis

Presenting New Insights into the Kennedy Assassination and Political Climate of Dallas in 1963

In the early 1960s, Dallas, Texas was brewing with political passions, a city full of extreme and unlikely characters, many of them dead-set against a Kennedy Presidency-rabid politicos like fanatical conservative Bruce Alger and defrocked military general Edwin A. Walker; oil baron H. L. Hunt; and W. A. Criswell, leader of the largest Baptist congregation in the world; along with a host of gangsters, unsung civil rights leaders, strippers, billionaires, and marauding police.

Beginning with the campaign for Kennedy's election, and set against a nation in transition, co-authors Bill Minutaglio and Steven L. Davis ingeniously explore why the Kennedy camp never could have anticipated the vitriol awaiting them in Texas, despite putting Johnson on the ticket specifically to win the state in their highly anticipated book Dallas 1963.

Breathtakingly paced, Dallas 1963 presents a clear, cinematic, and revelatory look at the 20th century's most significant and terrifying political event. Published to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy assassination, Dallas 1963 is not only a fresh look at a momentous political tragedy but a sobering reminder of how radical ideology turns ordinary Americans extraordinarily violent.

Bill Minutaglio's work has appeared in The New York Times, Esquire, Newsweek, Texas Monthly, Outside and many other publications. He has worked for The Dallas Morning News, Houston Chronicle and San Antonio Express-News and is the author of several critically acclaimed books, including biographies of President George W. Bush, Molly Ivins and Alberto Gonzales, and a narrative retelling of the greatest industrial disaster in American history. He lives in Austin, Texas.

Steven L. Davis is the author of two highly praised books on Texas culture, and his work has appeared in Texas Monthly, Texas Observer, San Antonio Express-News, Southwestern American Literature, and Texas Books in Review. Davis is a long-time curator at the Wittliff Collections at Texas State University-San Marcos, which holds the literary papers of Cormac McCarthy, Sam Shepard, and many other writers. He lives in New Braunfels, Texas and grew up in Dallas.

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