Tired teacher. That is, REtired teacher.
I have really enjoyed O'Reilly's "Killing" series, but was reticent to get this one. There is a part of me that does not want to hear facts asserting that there was no conspiracy. Not normally a conspiracy theorist, I am still not convinced that Oswald acted alone. There are too many unanswered questions about this event. As usual, O'Reilly leaves me with more questions than he answers, yet he does present the story in such a way that I could believe it was the act of one crazed maniac. Almost.
All that aside, the book is well written and well read. The time flew by as I listened to it, and in my mind I relived all the events of that terrible day and the days that followed. Not that anyone should want to relive it, but from this distance, it is a little easier to put into perspective and deal with. America did love this beautiful Kennedy family in spite of their faults, and whether or not a person voted for JFK, he was admired and esteemed as someone we thought we could be proud of having as our president.
Writer, economist, stand-up comic
O'Reilly never seemed to tie together the hints he dropped through the book of various conspiracy theories surrounding the assassination of John Kennedy. He hints at why Fidel Castor, the CIA, the Mafia and even Lyndon Johnson might have wanted JFK dead but merely assumes the reader already knows all were suspected (to varying degrees).
The only thread he picks up consistently is JFK's active sex life and he seems obsessed with it. It felt as if he couldn't go three minutes (of listening time) without referencing Kennedy's libido. He left me with the impression he was envious.
O'Reilly broke no new ground in telling this story -- except to insert himself into it claiming that he was the "young reporter" who showed up at the door of one of Lee Harvey Oswald's patrons just as the patron shot himself.
O'Reilly is an accomplished TV host with a news-like, staccato delivery, reminiscent of Walter Winchell's radio. He didn't use those talents or any talents he has/had as a reporter.
No spoiler: Kennedy was killed in Dallas. The question of whether Oswald acted alone or who might have been behind him is never addressed.
I had hoped this book would be either a detailed examination of the assassination or a journalistic investigation. Instead it was what reporters describe as a "clip job," a story put together by reading newspaper clippings.
No, I graduated from high school in 1962 so I remember the Kennedy event first hand. There have been so many accounts of conspiracy that I was ready to hear something new; however, that was not the case. It was the same version that I had read in the newspapers.
Yes. Killing Lincoln was great and would listen to it again.
The whole book was great.
I enjoyed the book, but I was not blown away by it. It is a good story of Kennedy's presidency, and I learned a lot. It is not one I would listen to again. It was not as good as Killing Lincoln.
Just before Killing Kennedy, The End of Camelot by Bill O'Reilly, I had (again) listened to The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck. In my opinion, both books are equally descriptive, informative, sensitive, detailed and important. O'Reilly has the very rare knack of looking into the historical background of each character and connect them all into a totally understandable story. I think this is a well done and very fine book that many "folks" will understand and appreciate.
Not applicable to this book.
Outstanding and professional in every respect. Fine clarity, diction, proper empathy and emphatically precise.
Adventure in History. The book is written more like an adventure story.
The book was not really character driven
Yes. This book is right on par with Killing Lincoln.
Yes. I had to force myself to put it down.
If you are into history, you will really enjoy this and Killing Lincoln as well. I really enjoyed Bill's narration as well.
Audible has allowed me to enjoy books again.
More details into the conspiracy of Kennedy
Story itself is the interesting part. Least interesting is OReilly reviewing the history. I was looking for more details of the conspiracy
He did a good job
Conspiracy theory additions
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.
detailed, interesting, factual
Even though this was the first horrific event I remember as a young person, it was nice to learn all the details in the lives of all the people mentioned in the book. I certainly know more history and truth though this book.
I loved all of it.
Bill O'Reilly does a great job narrating this book.