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Enlightning view inside the events of 1963. Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard wrote an excellent book paralleling the different strands of Kennedy's and Oswald's life, and the events of the period. I 'd strongly recommend to anyone showing an interest in historical chronicles.
In the top few of the non-fiction listens.
The agent's understanding that Jackie didn't want the public to see Jack with his face blown up so he put his own jacket over the face and chest, which allowed Jackie to let them take Jack into the hospital.
O'Reilly was concise, not overdramatic, and coherent.
Details about Jackie at the hospital.
O'Reilly brings in issues relating to the mob, Sinatra, Cuba, Russia and others. Were any of them involved with Lee Harvey? No way to know...the Russian connection is the only one with any real proximity. He doesn't flatly state that there were no other possibilities than Lee Harvey but the evidence for a one man operation is compelling. Excellent book, good follow up to "Killing Lincoln."
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.
O'Reilly's followup to Killing Lincoln, was refreshing. My knowledge of this era in history is much lower and this book brought several new facts to my attention.
I felt O'Reilly explored Oswald much more than he had Booth. If anything was lacking it was a better understanding of why Oswald killed Kennedy. I concluded the book still not fully appreciating that.
When it came to the assassination of the President, O'Reilly became a bit more graphic than I felt necessary. His attention to detail went beyond reasonable, in my humble opinion. However, the story was well told.
More attention might have been given to Ruby and some of the conspiracy theories, as he had given alternative conspiracy theories in the Lincoln book. He really glazes over the wild conspiracies and sticks to the known facts. I don't criticize that other than I am always interested in rebuttals to those theories.
Again O'Reilly reads like everything is a commentary, however, something is different in this book from his last. I think the difference is his personal knowledge and experience. Lincoln was a page from a history book, but Kennedy is someone O'Reilly was aware of as a child. O'Reilly seems to be a bit more passionate in his performance as a result.
I am a hospice chaplain. I find reading difficult, however, audio books have truly been a blessing. I especially enjoy historical biography
The approach that Bill O'Reily and Martin Dugard made this book jump out and held you wanting to hear another chapter. Those who might fear a book by Bill O'Reily to be opinionated and slanted need not worry. He has presented the facts in a time line of events and allows you to draw your own conclusions. He has not tried to persuade you one way or another. As a character on Dragnet use to say, "Just the facts..." O'Reily has presented just the facts. This is a must read for all Americans.
The description of President Kennedy's motorcade on the last day of his life moved me to tears.
I was in eighth grade when a friend raced up to me Did You Hear What Happened To The Kennedy's? I quipped No did Carolyn's pony Macaroni get loose? No the presidents been shot, I was mortified by my flip answer. I watched the procession as JFK was taken to lie in state. The caisson and rider less horse brought home the loss of this man. It was a frightening time the red scare, drills in school to protect us from nuclear attacks, Cuban missile crisis ,Mr O"Reilly digs deep into this special time known as Camelot, and the aftermath of Kennedy's assassination, The book is carefully constructed. Giving the pertinent facts as known. and what happened in Texas schoolbook building, the race to catch Oswald, his murder by Jack Ruby, The Mafia connection, is all laid bare. This book puts the events in order as it unfolded. Conspiracy theories still abound. This book does not put everything to rest. The Zapruder film taken at the moment the presidents head exploded into a mist is still studied. and there are uncertainties of how could this happen?. This book brought me back to November 22. On a personal note I had not had such a feeling of global consciences until 9/11
I love that Bill O'Reilly presents FACTS, but I don't feel like I'm reading a history book! I stopped often and looked up Kennedy's speeches on YouTube, information about the Bay of Pigs, Addison's Disease, Marilyn Monroe, Kennedy's association with organized crime, etc. I learned a lot from this book, and enjoyed it like I was reading a thriller!
The (audio) book title here is a tad misleading, there is much more on the life and presidency of JFK than his death. Also little speculation, I don't think the grassy knoll even gets a mention. A lot is left to reader/listener to decide themselves. As it should be.
That BoR narrates himself helps a lot. The words are his words (with his co-writer) and this lends authenticity. How much of the material is new or unique is doubtful, but in my mind that does not matter much. The pace is fine for me, I found it an easy listen. The more emotional segments, and in the end there is a great human tragedy here, is presented with poise and compassion. To my slight surprise there is no cheap political point scoring, thankfully BoR seems to be above that.
Bill O'Reilly did a fantastic job with this book. Killing Lincoln was good, but Killing Kennedy topped it!