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Warren Leslie Dies at 84; Wrote Book That Rankled Dallas

by Dennis Hevesi

July 23, 2011


Warren Leslie, who in 1964 raised hackles in Dallas, his adopted hometown, when he contended in a book that a climate of right-wing extremism had primed the city to

become the scene of a national tragedy — the assassination of President John F. Kennedy — died on July 6 at his home in Chicago. He was 84.

A former reporter for The Dallas Morning News, Mr. Leslie was a vice president and chief spokesman for Neiman Marcus, the Dallas-based luxury department store chain,

when he wrote “Dallas Public and Private: Aspects of an American City,” published barely four months after Kennedy was assassinated.

Though never a best seller, the book was widely reviewed as a window on the psyche of Dallas at a time when the country was still struggling to understand and recover

from the assassination, which occurred on Nov. 22, 1963. Reprinted in 1998 by Southern Methodist University Press, it remains a document of the era.

Full story: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/24/us/24leslie.html

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