From the title, you would think the book would focus on the killing of John Kennedy. Bill spends two thirds of this book documenting the lazy, self indulgent and morally vacuous life of John F. Kennedy. O’Reilly documents the complicity of a heavily democratic liberal media, and Kennedy crones (“The Harvard’s”) who both engineered and protected the myth of Kennedy as a family man and statesman.
Bill O’Reilly exposes Kennedy as a morally deprived, disease-ridden man, suffering from constant back pain, chronic urinary track infections and diarrhea. JFK is described as constantly making unnecessarily risky and dangerous choices. A man who is prone to debilitating headaches if he does not have sex daily, usually outside of his marriage. Most disturbingly, John Kennedy is documented as an inexperienced leader whose hesitance and weakness is both recognized and exploited by Khrushchev, bringing us to the brink of nuclear war.
JFK and his brother “Bobby” are described as having demonstrated little interest in civil rights, less they alienate other democrats like former KKK leader Senator Robert Byrd (Democrat WV), and lose the important southern states. Bill says the Kennedy Brothers had no Black friends, and the only Blacks they knew where likely servants in their home. It was only after the brutal murder of Emit Till and its national press coverage, that the Kennedy Brothers were forced to recalculate the political winds and find a new Electoral College path to reelection. In contrast, LBJ is described as truly feeling and embracing the fledgling civil rights movement. LBJ is snub by the Kennedy Brothers. Bill documents the gamesmanship used to alienate and minimize the Vice President. I found interesting the section where the Kennedy’s try to wrestle the civil right movement away from LBJ, at least in the media. Martin Luther King is said to be reviled by the Kennedys (including Jackie). King is monitored and bugged by Kennedy’s FBI. JFK warns King that he is being monitored. JFK warns King to be carful about MLK’s orgy’s and infidelities. All the while, the Kennedy’s and J. Edgar Hoover consider King a “Tom Cat” and a “Communists sympathizer”. JFK is said to be concerned about hooking his political wagon to King and the Civil Rights Movement. You won’t read this in the your politically correct text books.
The Cuban crisis, Kennedy’s association with the Mafia, the Vietnam build up, and the General Walker shooting are also examined. O’Reilly documents the troubled life of L. H. Oswald. He makes a solid, but not definitive case for a lone gunmen theory. Overall, a very good, no spin read. It is a great follow up to “Killing Lincoln”. I am looking forward to his next book.
Although I knew the outcome of this book, we listened, clinging to every word as if the outcome were a mystery! I did learn many things that I did not know. Good book!
He seems to emphasize the high points bringing drama and suspense at just the right moments.
Good book! I will listen to all of Bill O'Reilly's books based on how good this book was!
Dealing with the facts.
Brain candy for dummies.
Anger and sadness.
Don't talk to me about how cute Jackie was while you continue to obstruct the key known facts regarding government figures who plotted and carried out the murder of John F. Kennedy.
My wife and I listened to the book on our trip from NW Ohio to North Carolina. The book lasted us, essentially, the entire trip. It made the trip much more enjoyable. We could not go to sleep that night until we listened to the very last chapter.
The many details of each character made them come alive for us.
Recommend it to all. Killing Kennedy is next.
Yes. narration by Bill OReilly is superb and adds to the text and story
the coming alive of history
Not being a Fox News watcher, I thought I would give Mr. O'Reilly a shot since I am a JFK assassination buff. Many times Mr. O'Reilly would immerse himself into personal speculation and then continue on as if he had just told us the truth of what happened. How does he know what Oswald was thinking the morning of the murder when he left Marina?
O'Reilly's shotgun delivery takes some geting used to. Could have been twice as long and still not done justice to the various characters.
I very much like Bill O'Reilly's style of narration. It is easy to "see" what he describes.
Killing Lincoln, of course, because of the similarity in the historical significance.
The description of the assassination in a minute-by-minute fashion. It was fascinating.
Not really, I enjoyed taking it in "bite-size" chunks which lenghtened my enjoyment.
After reading Lincoln, I was sure that i was going to buy a copy of Kennedy.When the book came out i read it from the library and i was amazed by it. Orielly & Duggard have come out with another political thriller better than a fiction. I found in audible that the book was narrated by Orielly himself. and decided to buy it.
I realized that i had missed a lot of subtleties when i read it myself and enjoyed the narration.
This is a great book and wonderful narration.
This is the best
Real Page turner and fascinated even though you know how it ends.
Absolutely. Historical, detailed, touching
As gruesome as it was, the details following the assassination, when Jacquie sat with JFK in the car at the hospital
Not yet, but I have just purchased Killing Lincoln as a result of how much I appreciated Killing Kennedy
Yes. Unfortunately my ipod battery and daily responsibilities made me take 3 sittings to finish it.
As hard as parts were to hear, I am glad to get details from an event that happened when I was only 8 years old. I feel like the "dots" have been connected.