I was 8 years old when he died, and I remember quite a bit about the Kennedy Assassination, but the detail of this book is amazing. The research, and detail is amazing. As is the case on the O'Reilly Factor, O'Reilly's narration is very good. This is a MUST LISTEN Book for anyone who is intrigued by the history of that time. Even though Mr. O'Reilly doesn't go into the countless theories of "who really did it", he does introduce in great detail JFK's enemies, and there is quite an extensive list. The assassination is based on the traditional Warren theory, but it is pointed out after the theory is given that there are countless other theories not brought up in this book.
Jackie Kennedy for the bravery and tenacity that I never knew about her until now during those last hours with her husband.
This fits in extremely well with his book "Killing Lincoln" because of the many similarities to Lincoln, and Kennedy that Mr. O'Reilly points out. I sincerely hope that he continues these excellent Historical Books as especially now at a time when history books are going through so much of a change in the United States. His no spin style of reporting history is very refreshing.
The aftermath of the assassination, and the bravery that Jackie showed, and her love and concern for her husband.
"Killing Lincoln" should be read first, then "Killing Kennedy". This was stated by the author, and I agree. But "Killing Kennedy" is more than a sequel. In reality, it could stand alone on it's merits. But a true fan of JFK will naturally be interested in Lincoln, and therefore will want to read both books anyway. EVERY HISTORIAN should read BOTH books.
Don't think it hasn't been an little slice of heaven, 'cuz it hasn't.- Bugs Bunny
The story is based on real history, of course, so I would listen again to hear about some of the characters I didn't know about. I have even done some research on some of them. For those of us who weren't born yet or into politics when this was happening, the authors really make it all accessible and very interesting. Bill O'Reilly was a history teacher, and it shows.
Well, sadly, we all know the ending. What I liked best was the exploration of the main characters, Jack and Jackie, and how they showed the reader their complexities as well as the good parts of their personalities. They didn't write another hagiographic, glossed over version of the Kennedy administration. Fascinating details about "Camelot" are revealed.
The book doesn't vilify the Kennedys. It is a sober look at what really happened, from the fantastic to the mundane. It is all there.
They wrote about what was happening in the last three years of both JFK and his assassin. It is obvious that they had copious primary references, and instead of spitting out what they found, they turned it into a thriller. It was delivered in a fast paced, exciting style, yet they maintained respect for the subjects of the story.
He was fantastic. He was a history teacher and you can tell by his performance that he truly loves history.
I couldn't put it down. And I knew the ending!
For those of you who don't like Bill O'Reilly because he is an Independent with conservative leanings, get over it and get this book. You will love it and you will learn more than you expect to.
In the book we as the readers/listeners really get a chance to relive not only the moments of JFK'S death and immediately after, but we also have the opportunity to experience his entire presidency.
For me the most memorable moment of the book was right after the president was shot. I felt as if I was with Jackie. Being able to feel her pain and the terror that was in her. I have to say it brought on more emotions then any other book I have read.
Bill being Bill.
I am a lover of history. I hope that millions will read/listen to this book and allow themselves to become part of the story. The way Bill writes can allow normal people to truly understand the magnitude of who JFK was and what his death means to us all even in 2012.
No, their right wing agenda blind them to the truth..
No just Bill O'Reilly's
Ignored the fact that the back of Kennedy's head was blown off. Not even a mention of the possibility of anyone except Oswald.
I had hoped for an even handed evaluation of the material, thus disappointment.
"Some people say" Bill O'Reilly is in the pocket of the Industrial Military Complex, the people who nearly bankrupted USA with their Wars & Policy's, & it started with the murder of Kennedy.
This starts with some review of Kennedy in the Pacific. and moves to the Kennedy Legacy including the shady Joseph Kennedy and his legacy to his sons. They HAD to suceed. John Kennedy is a handsome well educated man with an drive for SEX and politics in that order. His claim he gets "headaches" if he does not have SEX every day is pretty much repeated throughout the audio. The Private life of Kennedy and Jackie is told in very good detail including the affairs and down and uptimes in the White House. It covers the Bay of Pigs and the Cuban Missle Crisis. What makes this different and gives US the BEST look at the shooter~~~ Lee Harvey Oswald. His life including time in Russia and communist leanings. As the enchanted look into absolute power of Kennedy and he shining appearance of President who at best was very ill and hid it. The secret service has the excuse covering up in every way for Kennedy is in this book is mostly financial. This moves along very fast because Bill OReilly is a fast talker and reader. This book never drags at all. The details are clear and lead to the final fate of the death of Kennedy and the events leading up and beyond that day in Dallas. I GIVE THIS 5 STAR FOR STORY ~ READER AND OVER ALL excellent details of new info on Oswald we have no read or heard of before. VERY good audiobook.
People who like a commentary delivered in abrasive strident tones interspersed with tones of amazement for no reason discernible in the text.
Not the genre (contemporary American history) but certainly the author, who was also the narrator. He reminded me of someone in the early 1940s newsreels trying desperately to inject every situation with heightened meaning. He had a curious rapidity to his delivery which he interrupted at various parts of a paragraph to lay the emphasis on a couple of words by stretching them out, not necessarily because they were important but because his cadence involved this curious emphasis. Just reading the script would have sufficed (and enhanced) a very interesting history. I have recently listened to The Brilliant Disaster: JFK, Castro, and America's Doomed Invasion of Cuba by Jim Rasenberger and One Minute to Midnight: Kennedy, Khrushchev, and Castro on the Brink of Nuclear War by Michael Dobbs. Both were read by Bob Walter, who did an excellent job. This book was a crude sensationalist history in comparison with those well researched books.
Not unless there was a big cash prize and I was certain to win if I did!
Disappointment. But also bewilderment: why would someone writing a history of JFK's assassination choose to do it like this???? It is an exciting story. It doesn't need a lot of bantering hectoring tones interspersed with unnecessary theatrical hyperbole.
Listen carefully to the sample and if you have the slightest doubt about the delivery DON'T BUY IT. You will never get used to the voice and, if anything, it will become more and more grating as the book proceeds. I was gobsmacked at how crass this history proved to be.
Much like Killing Lincoln, I found about half of Killing Kennedy to be a story that has been told and retold over the years. That's not bad, meaning roughly half of the book was new and fresh to me.
The research and story behind the personal lives of Jackie and Kennedy was the real Home Run for this book. While I have read or listened to many accounts of the affairs and how it impacted the couple's relationship, this book goes into fascinating detail as to the frequency and scope of Kennedy's infidelity and how it impacted EVERYONE, from the couple themselves to Bobby, to Hoover, to the Secret Service and so on.
The only disappointment for me was the lack of conspiracy examination. I realize that Lincoln's assassination was a clear conspiracy and Kennedy's assassination was and always will be an unknown; however, conspiracy is hardly addressed in this book. My only guess is that the authors simply didn't discover anything new and/or didn't really have a new or interesting opinion on the conspiracy angle so they simply didn't go into it. I would have preferred; however, that they at least address the different theories and acknowledged there is nothing more to say on the matter/s. It's not that O'Reilly doesn't believe in conspiracy, as I have heard him acknowledge that he is simply not convinced of either the lone gunman or the conspiracy theories.
O'Reilly does a very good job as narrator, as he did in Killing Lincoln - quite a rare achievement for an author to also be a good narrator. His years in show business as a newsman clearly benefiting us all in that area.
Overall I still HIGHLY recommend this book, I just didn't like it quite as much as I did Killing Lincoln.
At times O'Reilly comes up with a few interesting facts I had not heard before.
Anyone who sounded more interested.
Not a chance. Like many movies the most interesting thing about this was the title.
At times O'Reilly sounded just plain bored with his own book.
Not! Learned some new facts, regarding Oswald, little new about JFK. Heard a different perspective, not pleased with narrators delivery
Don't believe I'll waste the time
Not impressed with delivery at all, less than pleasing tone and cadence
No, Lack of evidence to support differing theories negate the need
I was under the impression that this was history and not o'Reilly's biased and incomplete version of the past.
Too much focus on Kennedy's sex life
In addition to the above, important facts were left out, for example, the fact that we almost went to war with Russia over the bay of pigs invasion.