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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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    Deb New Milford, CT, United States 07-07-14
    Deb New Milford, CT, United States 07-07-14 Member Since 2009
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    "A Great History Lesson"
    Where does Killing Kennedy rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Whatever you may feel about Bill Reilly and his politics this, as well as "Killing Lincoln" is a wonderful reflection during a most turbulent time. He adds historic detail as to what what going on in the world at the particular time. His narrations are great and I hope he writes more.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    John D 06-11-14
    John D 06-11-14
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    What did you love best about Killing Kennedy?

    I enjoyed how this book put together the Official account of what happened together with the personal account of life in Camelot. The personal life tales mixed in with the Preidents daily agenda made the whole tragedy more real.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the way that Bill ORielly's recount of the story clearly demonstrated his love and admiration for the President.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The recounts of Jack Jr in the Oval Office. I remember hearing an audio recording of the president attempting to conduct business as Jack Jr. was hear in the background of the recording and the real life response from the President, being a "dad".


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

    The book was full of ups and downs as is the entire life of the Kennedys. You smiled as you recall the vast acconts of the hightly documented lives here. It's like seeing an old friend after a long absence.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    L. Vanwilgen Guilford, CT United States 05-21-14
    L. Vanwilgen Guilford, CT United States 05-21-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Facinating"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I've read numerous book on the Kennedy assassination and 'Camelot'. I truly enjoyed Bill O'Reilly's version. I found it filled with numerous tales/stories I had never heard before. And while other books were supposedly written with the assistance of the Secret Service members, those close to the President and even Jackie herself, I found this one to be the most believable of all. The fact that Bill O'Reilly read it himself made it all the better. I truly enjoyed the entertaining way in which the story line was presented. I highly recommend it. I liked this audio book so much I plan to try Killing Lincoln next.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    David Visalia, CA, United States 03-08-14
    David Visalia, CA, United States 03-08-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Good but not Spectacular"
    Would you listen to Killing Kennedy again? Why?

    Probably not. Most of the information I already knew that which I learned was interesting but was not that important in the whole scheme of things. It was worth the listen, but having listened to it I probably would have put it a little lower on my priority list and listened to some others I intend to hear first.


    Any additional comments?

    Killing Lincoln was a much better book, but probably because it was more easily researched where there is a lot of speculation surrounding JFK's assanination.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Marie A 02-01-14
    Marie A 02-01-14

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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 2005

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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 Member Since 2013
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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 2004
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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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    Alan Sunrise, FL, United States 10-04-12
    Alan Sunrise, FL, United States 10-04-12 Member Since 2010
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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 43 people found this review helpful
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    Sharon 11-08-13
    Sharon 11-08-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Make it stop!!!"
    What disappointed you about Killing Kennedy?

    O'Reilly's narration is terrible. O'Reilly's politics shows immediately.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard again?

    NO!!!


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    O'Reilly continually stopped mid-sentence and mid-thought and read in a sing-song voice.


    What character would you cut from Killing Kennedy?

    NA


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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