Books: Lost in Dallas

THE DAY KENNEDY WAS SHOT by Jim Bishop. 713 pages. Funk & Wagnalls. $7.95.

Jim Bishop has written a 713-page anticlimax. It does not contain the massive flaw of William Manchester's The Death of a President—namely, a distaste for Lyndon Johnson's necessary assumption of power. But neither does it boast the cogency of the Manchester book, the pertinent details—nor even the drama. As for style, it simply clogs the mind. Concerning Kennedy's arrival in Dallas, for example, Bishop writes: "This multiphrenic city sitting alone on a hot prairie like an oasis spouting a...

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