Any American alive and old enough to remember will certainly recall where they were on November 22nd, 1963 - the fateful day President John F. Kennedy was shot.
We Were There, narrated in respectfully subdued tones by Robin Bloodworth, is a gripping firsthand account from the Dallas doctors and Parkland Memorial Hospital staff who frantically administered treatment to the President as he lay dying of his gunshot wounds. Two days later, Lee Harvey Oswald would also die at the same hospital.
A truly compelling and often chilling insider listen from that forever unforgettable day 50 years ago.
A true collective account of President John F. Kennedy's assassination. There are few days in American history so immortalized in public memory as November 22, 1963, the date of President John F. Kennedy's assassination. Adding to the wealth of information about this tragic day is We Were There, a truly unique collection of firsthand accounts from the doctors and staff on scene at the hospital where JFK was immediately taken after he was shot. With the help of his former fellow staff members at Parkland Memorial Hospital, Dr. Allen Childs recreates the horrific day, from the president's arrival in Dallas to the public announcement of his death. Childs presents a multifaceted and sentimental reflection on the day and its aftermath. In addition to detailing the sequence of events that transpired around JFK's death, We Were There offers memories of the First Lady, insights on conspiracy theories revolving around the president's assassination, and recollections of the death of Lee Harvey Oswald, who succumbed two days later in the same hospital where his own victim was pronounced dead. A compelling, emotional read, We Were There pays tribute to a critical event in American modern history - and to a man whose death was mourned like no other.
Is there anything you would change about this book?
Yes, I would redact the opinions of the author about "conspiracy theorists" as being deviants in a society which purports to honor the truth. Most people I know and respect consider conspiracy theories as a result of lie detection efforts. The book had an undercurrent of condemnation of the inquisitive people, who seek the truth.
What was most disappointing about Allen Childs MD’s story?
See the above. This book is one where listening is surely much easier than reading because it allows the imagination to go to work better (for me at least (than the written page could ever do).
What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?
Good voice and inflection. Other than that- - -nothing worthy of comment.
Do you think We Were There needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?
No- - - It was a collection of sentiments from people proximate to the crime of the 20th century. There are dozens of clips on the media of doctors at Parkland, who go deep into the mechanics of the wounds and bring far more clarity around what was seen.
Any additional comments?
The constant referral to "The Sixth Floor Museum" is a disservice to the readers because it is widely known among dedicated researchers that the, recently-deceased curator, Gary Mack, caused (or aided in causing) the shrine to our slain president to become a propaganda vehicle for the support of the deeply flawed, if not criminal, Warren Commission. The book store at the Sixth Floor Museum is stocked only with books which support the prevarications of the W.C. There are several physicians, who have come forth and bombarded the Warren Commission and the way it twisted the physicians' words to mean other than what they intended. If a person wants to float down a river of sentimental recollections and let the untrue and the truth swirl together in eddies–this is a good book. Otherwise, it is marginal as an investment of time.
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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
Yes, if they are a JFK buff, and in the healthcare profession.
What was one of the most memorable moments of We Were There?
What does Robin Bloodworth bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?
Any additional comments?
Great narration. Fascinating to me to hear medical staff reactions and their take on the events b/c I am an RN and a huge JFK buff.
What did you love best about We Were There?
Interesting first hand account of the ER experience during the Kennedy assassination. A view from a non=political perspective.