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.
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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!
I appreciate and found compelling O'Reilly's account of all of the history surrounding the sad account of JFK's assassination. He was able to incorporate the historical details into a very human account of this event. For those of us who remember, and for those who don't, it should be required reading.
A very well-written fact-based book on Pres. Kennedy death. Bill O'Reilly narration was the cherry on top of this sundae. Well worth a listen.
Bill O'Reilly's performance was clear and easily followed and understood. The flow in his voice kept you attentive and engaged with the book.
When the book got to Jacqueline Kennedy's response to her husband being shot, murdered in front of her you felt like you were there with her and wanted to comfort her.
The book charts a course through JFKs life, picking out many of the elements for which he was so famous and elements not so famous that hold relevance towards his untimely death. I felt that the various strands the book picked up - such as his relationship with singer Frank Sinatra to the falling out between various factions of government following the Bay of Pigs - weaves a story of a man with many enemies, explaining why that came to pass.
Yet, in telling the story of his death the book plays it straight. It's not for it to pick a winner among conspiracy theories (or none); rather, it outlines a picture of Kennedy's life from which you may draw conclusions, ranging from conspiracy to plain old law of diminishing numbers - with enough enemies, something was bound to happen in the end.
I came to the book knowing quite a bit about JFK, but I learned quite a bit more around the colour of the man. The audiobook is well narrated and paced, and even though one knows the tale quite well it brings you to an emotional climax.
Bill O'Reilly does a great job of narration. More than that, though, are the details that have been scoured to put a production like this together. Details from many angles--What was going on with Oswald concurrent with what was going on with Kennedy, as well as others. The extensive backgrounds of individuals involved helped to provide a better understanding of the various things which occurred and why they may have occurred.
I love audio books, and have over 60 to my name from Audible at this time. I am constantly listening to them. They all generally hold my interest and are my preferred medium of entertainment. That said, this one more than almost any other was one I just couldn't turn off.
I enjoyed this book except for the narration. Bill O'Reilly read this book like he was in a hurry to get through it........totally distracting!!
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