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JFK: A moving target

Insecure and arrogant, difficult and charming—Kennedy's assassination continues to overwhelm our attempts to see him straight

“By now it may well be impossible to add any sensible or proper words to all the millions that have been written and spoken about the life and cruel death of John F Kennedy,” said Alistair Cooke into a BBC microphone on 24th November 1963. That day, his Letter from America broadcast struggled for a theme. There was “the sense that we have been cheated” and of course the “idea of a young lion shot down,” though Cooke also…

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