History comes alive with this book. I know what you're thinking. "Really? Another Kennedy book?" While I might have agreed before I read it, I completely disagree now. This is a must read for anyone who enjoys history. It's a must read for anyone who is interested in this country. It's also a great read for those who don't even care. This goes beyond just the assassination, and delves into the life, & presidency of Kennedy. It also peppers in history of the time. While there was a lot going on in the 60s, this has just the right amount of intrigue surrounding the assassination. Not too heavy on conspiracy theories, not overly pro magic bullet theory. It's also not all about politics and policy and more focused on the ties and personal life of the president. Again, a great read for anyone. Especially anyone who wasn't alive at the time. It really gives a picture of history that is contrary to how some believe it may have been.
We enjoyed all the factual information Riley gives in this book.
We listened to "Killing Patton". We like the way Riley gives the date and the time that the events took place.
We didn't know that JFK was such a philanderer.
Putting politics completely aside Bill O'Reilly did a wonderful job of bringing history to life. his matter-of-fact delivery and intriguing personal stories of the Kennedy regime are both fascinating and entertaining. this is the second book from the killing series that I have listened to. and I am planning on listening to the rest.
Loved it but why not more info on the conspiracy theories that so many felt where true, or at least true in part.....you could entitle it "The Killing of the JFK Conspiracy Theories."
I love stories of heroes and villains. This is exactly that. Two deeply flawed men arriving at the intersections of glory and tragedy, meeting in a split second of time, casting the world's future into the hands of men with deeply flawed tunnel vision and self-serving dreams destined to baptize the nation in a pool of blood and agony. The paralleling of these two lives is a stroke of literary generous if only in its simplicity, engaging the listener in the anticipation and expectation of the culture's memorization of the final act of this classic Greek tragedy. A work of art that causes both admiration and tears for the fallen king and a mix of empathy and sorrow for the wasted life of the assassin whose needs for validation cost the world both blood and dreams. The loss of America's faith arrived that day from the end of a cheap Italian rifle even as the lord of body bags rode at a safe distance behind the exploding brain of Carolyn and John-John's daddy - ushering in the new age of cynicism.
Biased against JFK because of my parents' anti-JFK sentiments during my childhood, I rather reluctantly chose this book based more on my regard for the other "Killing" books. I was pleasantly surprised and entertained by yet another extremely well researched, well performed and compellingly pieced together & important period of American history.
A greater appreciation
Brought to life the many (almost unbelievable) issues being addressed all at the same time.
Him and Bobby talking over the Cuban missile problems
gave me great respect for JFK