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Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot | [Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard]

Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot

More than a million listeners have thrilled to Bill O'Reilly's Killing Lincoln, the can't-stop-listening work of nonfiction about the shocking assassination that changed the course of American history. Now the anchor of The O'Reilly Factor recounts in gripping detail the brutal murder of John Fitzgerald Kennedy—and how a sequence of gunshots on a Dallas afternoon not only killed a beloved president but also sent the nation into the cataclysmic division of the Vietnam War and its culture-changing aftermath.
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Publisher's Summary

A riveting historical narrative of the shocking events surrounding the assassination of John F. Kennedy, and the follow-up to mega-bestselling author Bill O'Reilly's Killing Lincoln More than a million listeners have thrilled to Bill O'Reilly's Killing Lincoln, the can't-stop-listening work of nonfiction about the shocking assassination that changed the course of American history. Now the anchor of The O'Reilly Factor recounts in gripping detail the brutal murder of John Fitzgerald Kennedy—and how a sequence of gunshots on a Dallas afternoon not only killed a beloved president but also sent the nation into the cataclysmic division of the Vietnam War and its culture-changing aftermath.

In January 1961, as the Cold War escalates, John F. Kennedy struggles to contain the growth of Communism while he learns the hardships, solitude, and temptations of what it means to be president of the United States. Along the way he acquires a number of formidable enemies, among them Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev, Cuban dictator Fidel Castro, and Alan Dulles, director of the Central Intelligence Agency. In addition, powerful elements of organized crime have begun to talk about targeting the president and his brother, Attorney General Robert Kennedy. In the midst of a 1963 campaign trip to Texas, Kennedy is gunned down by an erratic young drifter named Lee Harvey Oswald. The former Marine Corps sharpshooter escapes the scene, only to be caught and shot dead while in police custody. The events leading up to the most notorious crime of the 20th century are almost as shocking as the assassination itself. Killing Kennedy chronicles both the heroism and deceit of Camelot, bringing history to life in ways that will profoundly move the listener. This may well be the most talked about book of the year.

©2012 Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard (P)2012 Macmillan Audio

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    Guy with An Opinion Someplace in US 01-30-13
    Guy with An Opinion Someplace in US 01-30-13

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    "before I got it I knew it would be great and it is"
    Where does Killing Kennedy rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I've read previous O'reilly books so I felt confident this would be worth the time. Bill nariated and did an excellent job.

    This is my first audio book


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Overall educational value


    Have you listened to any of Bill O'Reilly’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Always in print until now


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    Much detail about events of the time was discussed a lot of which was new to me.

    I expected to learn something about the actual assassination but didn't.

    If you hope t I learn a new theory on the killing you will be disappointed.

    I also purchased Killing Lincoln in hardback form but have yet to read even the back cover. I enjoyed th audii format and anticipate the rest of the books I get to be so.

    Bottom line: Most people are going to love the book.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Kellen 10-29-12
    Kellen 10-29-12
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    If you could sum up Killing Kennedy in three words, what would they be?

    Captivating, educational, informative


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Having not been alive at the time of the Kennedy assassination, O'Reilly did a wonderful job of capturing the emotion, particularly of the First Lady, at the time of her husband's death. I found myself having to fight back tears. It was obviously a tragic time not only for our nation, but also for the woman who loved the man. Very well written from a historical perspective, but also from a personal perspective.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    YES!


    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Marie A 02-01-14
    Marie A 02-01-14

    Say something about yourself!

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    "A Great Book - I learned so much"
    What did you love best about Killing Kennedy?

    I loved that the author states from the beginning of the book that it is based on fact. With all the conspiracy theories out there, it was great to hear facts without judgment.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite character would have to be Jacqueline Kennedy. She was so young and endured so much. During the most trying times, she was strong, stoic and classy. Her example is unforgettable.


    Which character – as performed by Bill O'Reilly – was your favorite?

    I did not have a favorite character as performed by Bill O'Reilly. I think he did a great job narrating the book.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    We all know JFK was assassinated, you decide why.


    Any additional comments?

    Being it was the 50th Anniversary of the death of President Kennedy, I thought this was a particularly good read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel Mcafee Texas USA 07-12-13
    Daniel Mcafee Texas USA 07-12-13 Member Since 2014

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    "A Very Good Account of Kennedy's Final Months"

    Much like Killing Lincoln, I found about half of Killing Kennedy to be a story that has been told and retold over the years. That's not bad, meaning roughly half of the book was new and fresh to me.

    The research and story behind the personal lives of Jackie and Kennedy was the real Home Run for this book. While I have read or listened to many accounts of the affairs and how it impacted the couple's relationship, this book goes into fascinating detail as to the frequency and scope of Kennedy's infidelity and how it impacted EVERYONE, from the couple themselves to Bobby, to Hoover, to the Secret Service and so on.

    The only disappointment for me was the lack of conspiracy examination. I realize that Lincoln's assassination was a clear conspiracy and Kennedy's assassination was and always will be an unknown; however, conspiracy is hardly addressed in this book. My only guess is that the authors simply didn't discover anything new and/or didn't really have a new or interesting opinion on the conspiracy angle so they simply didn't go into it. I would have preferred; however, that they at least address the different theories and acknowledged there is nothing more to say on the matter/s. It's not that O'Reilly doesn't believe in conspiracy, as I have heard him acknowledge that he is simply not convinced of either the lone gunman or the conspiracy theories.

    O'Reilly does a very good job as narrator, as he did in Killing Lincoln - quite a rare achievement for an author to also be a good narrator. His years in show business as a newsman clearly benefiting us all in that area.

    Overall I still HIGHLY recommend this book, I just didn't like it quite as much as I did Killing Lincoln.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    vannetta LAMPASAS, TX, United States 12-04-12
    vannetta LAMPASAS, TX, United States 12-04-12
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    "History at its best"
    Would you listen to Killing Kennedy again? Why?

    This was a well-written, enlightning view into the events of 1963. O'Reilly does a good job of balancing the different strands of Kennedy's life, Oswald's life, and the events of the time period. I'd highly recommend to anyone interested in historical narratives.


    Have you listened to any of Bill O'Reilly’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes. Killing Lincoln, which was also quite good.


    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Joseph Barton, NY, USA 11-12-12
    Joseph Barton, NY, USA 11-12-12 Member Since 2013
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Killing Kennedy to be better than the print version?

    Great book giving a lot of detailed information about the behind the scenes. Author did a great job of keeping multiple story lines going in parallel.


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    Ray United States 10-29-12
    Ray United States 10-29-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Riveting! Fast Moving! Incisive!"

    Superbly written composition of the facts. FINALLY, a book to give some finality to this horrible national tragedy. Read it. Learn from it. Move on.

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    Alan Sunrise, FL, United States 10-04-12
    Alan Sunrise, FL, United States 10-04-12 Member Since 2015
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    "A book without a purpose"

    Bill O'Reilly fails to deliver in his recent book Killing Kennedy. This new book is nothing more then a compilation of already known facts concerning the Kennedy presidency.. The title of this book is extremely misleading as this book deals with Kennedy's adult life starting with his WWII career. The book is eight hours long and yet seven of those hours have nothing to do with November 22nd, 1963.

    Killing Lincoln, O'Reilly's previous book was a #1 hit. But this book is sloppy and in numerous places historically incorrect. One prime example is O'Reilly stating that the "Wanted For Treason" posters
    was a prime reason why in Sept '63 the upcoming November trip to Dallas should be cancelled. The problem is that the said posters were only published and distributed on Nov 21, 1963, two months later and only 1 day before the assassination

    After to listening to this book, Ive come away with absolutely no new information about the assassination. I have however learned a little more about the President's personal life and his battles with Addisons Disease. You actually feel for him and what he must have suffered through.

    I give this book 3 stars not because its a great literary piece of work but because it is easy to listen to and is informative.

    If you love O;Reilly, buy this book

    If you hate O'Reilly buy this book.

    If you are looking for a serious work about the Kennedy assassination, then buy Vincent Bugliosi's book Reclaiming History

    28 of 46 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy ALBUQUERQUE, NM, United States 11-12-13
    Nancy ALBUQUERQUE, NM, United States 11-12-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Best of the series"
    Where does Killing Kennedy rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In the middle. I prefer fiction.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Killing Kennedy?

    Depiction of how Kennedy's body brace affected his assassination. Like a perfect storm


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Bill O'Reilly?

    Anybody


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It did make me sad, and upset in general. The topic itself isn't a feel-good thing, but I adored this President and was only 17 when he died. I cried in a department store bathroom at the time.


    Any additional comments?

    Read all of O'Reilly's "Killing" series. This is the best of them, in my humble opinion.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Grandspud So Cal 10-20-13
    Grandspud So Cal 10-20-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Nothing New, but Great Overall Book on Subject"
    Any additional comments?

    If you read only one book on JFK, this should be the one. It presented history through engaging prose and covered the subject well. There were no "revelations," just the true story with all its facts, both heroic and despicable.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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