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The mysteries of history and more at your library

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The murder of President John F. Kennedy is one of the biggest mysteries in our country’s recent history.

Human nature leads us to ask, “who stood to benefit from his death?” and of course, the answer is Lyndon Baines Johnson, who became the thirty-sixth president upon JFK’s death.

The first book featured this week takes this theory and runs with it, but will you be convinced?

Your Library also owns the latest DVD on the subject, “Killing Kennedy,” a 2013 television docudrama made for the National Geographic Channel, and many other books for you to borrow.

“LBJ: the Mastermind of the JFK Assassination,” by Phillip F. Nelson.

“LBJ” aims to prove that Vice President Johnson played an active role in the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and that he began planning his takeover of the U.S. Presidency even before being named the Vice Presidential Nominee in 1960.

Lyndon B. Johnson’s flawed personality and character traits, formed as a child, grew unchecked for the rest of his life as he suffered severe bouts of manic-depressive illness.

He successfully hid this disorder from the public as he bartered, stole, and finessed his way through the corridors of power on Capitol Hill, though it’s recorded that some of his aides knew of his struggle with bipolar disorder.

After years of researching Lyndon B. Johnson and the JFK assassination, Nelson conclusively shows that LBJ had an active role in Kennedy’s assassination, and he includes newly-uncovered photographic evidence proving that Johnson knew when and where Kennedy’s assassination would take place.

Nelson’s careful and meticulous research has led him to uncover information from one of the greatest unsolved mysteries in our country’s history.

“The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson,” by Robert A. Caro.

In Caro’s description of the Kennedy assassination, which The New York Times called “the most riveting ever,” we see the events of November 22, 1963, for the first time through Lyndon B. Johnson’s eyes.

We watch as his political genius enables him to grasp the reins of the presidency with total command, and within weeks make it wholly his own, surmounting unprecedented obstacles in order to fulfill the highest purpose of the office.

It is an epic story, displaying all the narrative energy and illuminating insight that led the London Times to acclaim The Years of Lyndon Johnson as “one of the truly great political biographies of the modern age.”

Library Happenings

Thursday Morning Adventures and Saturday Stories on Thursday, Aug. 28 and Saturday, Aug. 30 at 10:30 a.m.

These events are geared towards preschoolers and their families. A different theme is explored each week.

Daycares and other larger groups are asked to call ahead.

Mark your calendars for Monday, Sept. 8 at 7 p.m. for the Community Drum Workshop event!

Spirit will be here to teach basic hand drumming techniques while incorporating life principles and encouraging all to share in the universal language of music. Fun for all ages!

No admission and open to the public. This special Minnesota Legacy event sponsored in part by the Minnesota Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund.

Library Hours

The Detroit Lakes Public Library is open Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It is closed Sundays.

For more information on Detroit Lakes Library services and programs, call (218) 847-2168 or visit your Library at 1000 Washington Ave.

Information is also available online at Detroit Lakes Library is a branch of Lake Agassiz Regional Library.