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
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!
At times O'Reilly comes up with a few interesting facts I had not heard before.
Anyone who sounded more interested.
Not a chance. Like many movies the most interesting thing about this was the title.
At times O'Reilly sounded just plain bored with his own book.
Not! Learned some new facts, regarding Oswald, little new about JFK. Heard a different perspective, not pleased with narrators delivery
Don't believe I'll waste the time
Not impressed with delivery at all, less than pleasing tone and cadence
No, Lack of evidence to support differing theories negate the need
I was under the impression that this was history and not o'Reilly's biased and incomplete version of the past.
Too much focus on Kennedy's sex life
In addition to the above, important facts were left out, for example, the fact that we almost went to war with Russia over the bay of pigs invasion.
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
Right at the top! It was a well researched, well written book.
The way it was told chronologically, and from the perspectives of many different characters.
Of course when poor Jackie Kennedy is holding John in her lap after he had been shot. It was very sad.
I love to read books set in interesting places or historical settings. I especially love mysteries and thrillers.
There is so much written about JFK that it is hard to find something new. Nothing was new here, but I found it interesting enough to listen to the end.
What I liked: The stories about the "Cuban Missile Crisis" and "his relationship with Jackie and others" was very interesting. I enjoyed it.
What was less than wonderful:
1) Bill O'Reilly is not a good narrator because he cannot get out of his Fox Pundit rhythm of talking. However, this performance was actually an improvement over the awful narration of "Killing Lincoln".
2) If there had been one more paragraph about JFK's sexual appetite, O'Reilly would have had to re-name the book "Sex and Kennedy". It was poor writing to imply that he was "leering" at the Mona Lisa exhibit that Jackie successfully brought to the US for America to view. I get it, O'Reilly was using humor with his comparison of Mona Lisa and any other woman in the world that JFK looked at during his adult life. O'Reilly just couldn't pull it off as humorous.
This would be a good book for anyone who doesn't know much about JFK.
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.
There are no listener reviews for this title yet.
Report Inappropriate Content