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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Although it was discussed in the news and in magazine articles many, many times during Kennedy's presidency (and a movie was made about the incident), there were parts of the PT 109 story that I don't recall ever having heard before. (Although I may have just forgotten--it was a good many years ago.)
Also, I found myself reacting with the tension of suspense as the president's car neared the Texas Book Depository, even though knowing what would (did) happen there and that it could not be changed. That is a mark of a well-told story.
And then there was something at the end of the book that I won't talk about, as it would be a Spoiler.
Bill O'Reilly is a professional speaker. Who else could better read his book? He does an excellent job and I enjoyed hearing him narrate the words he wrote (or co-wrote--I don't know just how his partnership with Martin Dugard works).
Not necessarily. While it was very interesting, very well-written, and gave a sense of immediacy to historical events, the fact that I'd lived through those times meant I did not have to keep listening to find out what happened next. So I listened to it in several sessions.
I think Mr. O'Reilly and Mr. Dugard have done a great service in showing that history is neither boring nor irrelevant. It is just usually so poorly presented that people lose interest.
Very well done. It hold your interest. Presents the J.F. Kennedy in a balanced light. It does not shy away from his faults, but presents his strengths and a leader, husband, and father. It also provide details in the lives of those surrounding JFK including Oswald.
Retired business owner conservative
Yes great information I never knew !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Personal information he is great
Wonderful book and performance
I was very young when all this happened and only remember bits and pieces. This book gave me so much more background information than I'd ever heard or read about in other books.
I enjoyed this one as much as I enjoyed his Lincoln book, this one was a little longer, but still light fare. I listen to a lot of historical audio-books and these last two O'Reilly books are a nice change of pace, not as in depth as most books on the subject but he hits all the salient points and does so in a nice well paced manner.
Have 300 other books in different accounts.
Learning several news things and the history of the family and JFk himself.
The way the book was explained.
Reilly sets you up by dtailing every possible person or group that would want to kill JFK, then let's you decide for yourself
Killing Lincoln - profiles in courage
his inflections are great
no laugh or cry - just left my mouth open
I did not ecpect this to be great but it was
Once was enough to learn the sad story.
Nothing I've read compares.
Immediacy and nuance
Description of Jackie on the day of the assassination
It is a great listen
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!
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