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¬ónamely, a distaste for Lyndon Johnson's necessary assumption of power. But neither does it boast the cogency of the Manchester book, the pertinent details¬ónor 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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