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The Warren Commission Report: 07/22/15

The Warren Commission Report by Dan Mishkin tries to explain Babyboomers' obsession with JKF to everyone too young to have been alive for the assassination.

The Warren Commission Report by Dan Mishkin is a nonfiction graphic novel record of the investigation into President John F. Kennedy's assassination in 1963. It was released to mark the 50th anniversary of the original report.

For readers who have heard about the report but maybe don't want to slog through a longer, more scholarly book or are wary of the many conspiracy theory books out there, Mishkin's graphic novel is a decent introduction.

Interestingly the book does take the time to try to explain to younger readers (who by this point would be most of the readership) the obsession that Baby Boomers have with JFK. It's summed up succinctly in the introduction through two panels: one which explains how the Boomers' parents were obsessed with the Depression, having survived it, but Boomers were too young to have been through it and for older siblings, it was only a vague memory; and television and radio made getting the news to everyone nearly instantaneous (within 4 hours of the event, nearly everyone had heard about it). If something like that happened now, it would probably be within the first hour Given Social media and Smart Phones combined with TV and radio.

Two panels describe exactly what's off about aiming a graphic novel about the assassination at teenagers.

Three stars

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