Absolutely! It's packed full of historical facts. Some were fairly well known, while others were quite surprising. The story, while focused on Kennedy, also has a wealth of information about Jackie. She was an icon in her own right.
The story brought this amazing couple to life. His infidelities, her unwavering love, his growth into a strong president, her grief when he was murdered only inches away. We all know the ending but I couldn't help hoping that somehow, there was a better outcome. They became real people.
No monotone here. You forgot he was reading a book. Instead it came across like he was telling us a story.
I cried listening to Jackie talking to her now- deceased huband. And imagining the sorrow that Caroline and John felt. Such a tragedy.
A Stark Contrast from Oliver Stone's JFK, where Stone believes the killing of a beloved president was wholly conspiratorial, and may have well been. I don't know, but I fully enjoyed O'Reilly's version of events too. I loved all the meticulous details about JFK, RFK, Jackie, LBJ, and so, many, many others. What stood out nearly as much as JFK and Camelot, was the details about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, which begs, I hope, a forth coming work, titled, Killing MLK. This is an absolute must!
Very well written. Bill O'Reilly is excellent at many things, however narration of his books is not one of them.
Hope he will continue to write, but leave the reading to an experienced narrator. Would definitely recommend listening to this one.
I don't know. I don't own the print edition. I liked the audio version though. I've not the time to sit down and read a book.
Yes, I've listened to other books by Bill O'Reilly and he's got a pleasant voice.
All of personalizing the actual human instead of Kennedy being a person from our recent history. O'Reilly makes his characters human.
I don't agree with O'Reilly's politics about half the time. Indeed, he makes me mad. BUT don't let that get in the way of a fast read, folks. His books are well researched and very interesting. He brings the story to life. If I had time, I would sit down and read his books. This book reminds me of why I loved to read when I was younger and held up in the house in the winter. Books can take you away to a place you've never been before. This book is one of those! Forget O'Reilly's politics. It deprives you of that far away place where you can walk into a persons life and be there with them. I'm glad I got to hang out with JFK for awhile. Well, done!
British ex-pat living in NC. Have more personalities than Sybil which is reflected in my choice of books! Frustrated writer at heart.
"What were you doing the day that Kennedy was shot?" My young co-worker looked at me and said "No you are wrong Ms. Kane, he died in a plane crash over 'Hyacinth' Island"! So it is official I am old and there is a whole generation out there who know nothing about America's Royal family. I resisted the urge to tell her to GO TO HER ROOM, as I am sure that HR would have just loved that and then I debated between a Starbucks run or a Xanax!
I, unlike many other reviewers DID learn a lot about Camelot and my mind was opened to several different scenarios with regards to how that dreadful day ran its course. Personally I was always so very sure that VP Lyndon B. Johnson had orchestrated Kennedy's death. Imagine my surprise when reading O'Reilly's claim that the VP was treated with such little respect. Only two or so hours of time with POTUS during a 12 month period. Having been used in order to get the 'Top Job' and then dropped like a hot potato once you are no longer needed. Of course I still have an open mind about these tales though I do have a feeling that the acorns never fell too far from the tree when it came to the Kennedy children.
Joe Kennedy was a manipulative user. Rose 'hid' behind religion knowing full well that her husband thought that the 10 Commandments were the 10 Suggestions when it came to the Kennedy Klan. O'Reily, who, gave a great performance, has opened my mind to realizing that Joe’s children were, perhaps more like him than I previously thought. Please bear in mind that I was brought up in Europe where we thought of Kennedy as a Saint rather that a man.
An excellent read/listen.