Books: Reimagining Death in Dallas LIBRA

by Don DeLillo; Viking; 458 pages; $19.95

Two facts are fairly indisputable, although someone, somewhere will provide arguments to the contrary. On Nov. 22, 1963, President John F. Kennedy was shot and fatally wounded while riding in a motorcade around Dealey Plaza in Dallas. Almost exactly 48 hours later, Lee Harvey Oswald, the accused assassin, was gunned down in front of live television cameras while being transferred from one jail to another. He died shortly thereafter.

Everything else associated with these murders has long been up for grabs; understanding has been swamped by a torrent of details and speculation. The Kennedy assassination now seems to float in some...

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