Archive on 4 - The Kennedy Book Depository
To mark the 50th anniversary of President Kennedy's death, Mark Lawson looks at how his death has been reflected in novels, film and television, from Oliver Stone to Don de Lillo.
To mark the 50th anniversary President Kennedy's death, Mark Lawson looks at how his death has been reflected in novels, film and television.
We'll probably never know with absolute certainty exactly what happened on November 22nd 1963 in Dealey Plaza, Dallas, but that very imprecision allows creative artists full rein to exercise their narrative muscles. Oliver Stone's film 'JFK' suggested that the death was a complex conspiracy; Charles McCarry's 'The Tears of Autumn' put it down to revenge for the death of a Vietnamese General; and Don Delillo's 'Libra' conjures the backstory of the supposed assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald. With archive recordings of Don Delillo and Oliver Stone and newly recorded contributions from veteran thriller writer and ex-CIA agent Charles McCarry and Richard North Patterson.
- Broadcast on BBC Radio 4, 8:00PM Sat, 16 Nov 2013
- Available until 12:00AM Thu, 1 Jan 2099
- First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 8:00PM Sat, 16 Nov 2013
- Duration 58 minutes