Posted by: montclairlibrary | November 22, 2013


JFK reading on a boat

As you’ve probably heard just about everywhere, today is the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination on November 22, 1963.

You may not know that Kennedy was an avid reader and natural speed reader who could read about 2,500 wpm (10 times the average reading speed). He would read 6 newspapers from cover to cover while he had breakfast.  According to his IMDB bio, Kennedy liked the James Bond novels of Ian Fleming, particularly From Russia with Love.

More random literary trivia: Other famous people who died November 22, 1963 include C.S. Lewis and Aldous Huxley.

To learn more about Kennedy’s life and death, check out one of these books at the Montclair branch:

End of Days: The Assassination of John F. Kennedy by James L. Swanson
11/22/63: A Novel by Stephen King
Camelot’s Court: Inside the Kennedy White House by Robert Dallek
Ask Not: The Inauguration of President John F. Kennedy and the Speech that Changed America by Thurston Clarke
Jack’s Path of Courage: The Life of John F. Kennedy by Doreen Rappaport (children’s)

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