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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Truthful, eye opening, disgust
Learning everything they don't teach in history classes.
After I got used to his voice, I found it enjoyable and very passionate about the story he was telling.
Yes, shock! I knew Kennedy cheated on his wife, but not to the extent he actually did.
This is a great book if you want to know the truth. It was hard to get through some of it because of the disgust I felt. How people hold Kennedy in such esteem is crazy. If you want to go on believing the Kennedy myth don't listen to this!
One of the most interesting Historical books I've listened to. The account as I actually remember it, having been alive through the largest % of the information presented, is reasonably accurate and fills in some blanks that were considered speculation at the time they actually took place. A reasonably believable account of what happened.
I found the relationships between JFK and Jackie, and JFK and LBJ to be different than I perceived them; of course I was a teenager at the time and the MEDIA was as enamored with the Kennedy's as it is was with Obama when he was elected. Of course when the truth about the Kennedy's came out, it was somewhat ignored just as it is with Obama. It's good to see that someone is writing FACTUAL accounts of what happened instead of glossing it over with the hype that today's media propagates in an effort to dumb down the masses, and forward it's agenda. I also found a lot of the background information on Lee Harvey Oswald to be interesting and informative.
A good account of the Kennedy administration and what lead up to his assassination. Although we may never know the truth about the actual assassination, the information presented seems to point to Lee Harvey Oswald, although JFK had enough other enemies that any of them could have been responsible for it, including, but not limited to LBJ, the Mafia, the Castro regime, even the CIA, FBI, or members of the Military Industrial Complex. A very interesting way of presenting the Facts, at least as seen by Bill O'Reilly. Very well read and presented by O'Reilly; easy to listen to and easy follow the time lines as he presents them and the circumstances that made them important to the story. Well Done. I'm looking forward to listening to Killing Lincoln, and Killing Jesus.
Although it makes sense for the author to read the book and although that author is a profession newscaster, it does not make him fit to narrate a book. He pauses in odd spots (maybe ran out of breath at that point?) that makes his sentences jerky and somewhat hard to follow.
What disturbed me most about this book is that it is introduced as being based on facts and facts alone. That is very far from the truth. I felt like I was reading a tabloid version of a by-and-large true narrative of history.
The story contained details and information and dialogues that would never have been documented or overheard and therefore cannot be facts. There is a lot of hearsay and gossip thrown in when the facts spread thin or cannot be substantiated.
Knowing quite a bit about Kennedy's presidency and assassination, I was disappointed that the book contained no new information on the events. I was expecting O'Reilly to introduce at least some of the wide-spread conspiracy theories, if not come up with his own. But he went for the same conclusion as the Warren commission: Oswald did it alone. He mentions the phrase "magic bullet" once without explaining why it is called that. He didn't even toy with the idea of any other theory.
What bothered me the most is that the assassination attempt on General Walker was never solved. Up to this day we don't know for a fact who shot at him on April 10, 1963. Describing the events from Oswald's point of view and never mentioning that it is just a hypothesis based on circumstantial evidence and random comments that Oswald may or may not have made is just falsifying history.
Not even mentioning Abraham Zapruder's film as being the ONLY video documentation of the events was a huge gap for me and a major disappointment.
There have been several movies made about the Kennedy assassination, thankfully none based on this book.
I find it disturbing that O'Reilly's "Killing ..." books are treated as non-fiction history. It worries me that people read this and will treat it as a source of information on the same par as much worthier works by established historian. It is books like this that contribute to the manufacture of the kind of "history for the masses" that eventually results in a dumbed down version of very complex events...
The question is whether the chicken or the egg was first: are readers in need of such "history books" or are such books called for by the audience...?
Just knowing that lee Harvey wouldn't have shot him if he and his girl would have made up that night. Crazy
Where the other gun shot came from.
I love all of Bills stuff he is one of the best narrators I have heard.
All the stuff they had to deal with in the few years.
Very Great Read. I liked Killing Lincoln best, then A toss up with this and Patton.
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.
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.
Obviously Kennedy's death is the main point of the book, but the connection with Kennedy's past is so interesting.
This book basically ignores all talks of any conspiracy, and takes the Warren Commission at face value. While I would have liked him to talk more about the conspiracies, the book did motivate me to learn more, which is great.
Yes, it was a great book and was narrated well.
There were a couple instances where O'Reilly referred to the president as Lincoln instead of Kennedy.
I would definitely recommend this title. After watching an entire week of documentaries and coverage of the 50th anniversary of Kennedy's death, I still found this book very interesting, and it succeeded in giving me even more information I didn't know. This was a great follow-up to Killing Lincoln, and O'Reilly is wonderful at telling a story without pushing agendas or bias. He has a gift for producing fact-based writing while still making it interesting.
Bill O. writes an amazing historical book on an amazing period of American history. I am a Factor fan and am used to Bill's voice on his show. It took a little time to adjust to him reading this. But it is so interesting I forgot it was him and got into the story.
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