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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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    Greg Sullivan Canyon Lake, CA, US 10-21-12
    Greg Sullivan Canyon Lake, CA, US 10-21-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Excellent story telling!"
    Where does Killing Kennedy rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is tied with "Unbroken" as my favorite audio book of all time. I thoroughly enjoy books based on fact and great research. O'Reilly does a great job of telling this story while filling in many gaps I had in my knowledge of that horrible day in November 1963. I was in 5th grade when the announcement came over the school's intercom that "President Kennedy has died at 1 PM Central Standard Time".O'Reilly also goes into great detail with explaining what happened during the "Bay of Pigs" invasion as well as the Cuban Missile Crisis. Also, I never knew exactly what Oswald did to escape from that book depository. He almost got away.


    What other book might you compare Killing Kennedy to and why?

    I would compare this book to another O'Reilly great called "Killing Lincoln".


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The minutes preceding the point where Oswald actually pulls the trigger is the best. Although we all know what happens (that Kennedy is assassinated), the way O'Reilly leads up to that moment is filled with anxiety. I found myself hoping that Oswald missed his mark.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The part where Mrs. Kennedy is holding her dead husband's head in her lap and she would not let go even after they arrived at the hospital. The doctor's were pleading with her to let them start trying to save his life.


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Molly Goshen, IN, United States 10-09-12
    Molly Goshen, IN, United States 10-09-12

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    "Kennedy secrets and the death of JFK~ 5 STARS~"

    This starts with some review of Kennedy in the Pacific. and moves to the Kennedy Legacy including the shady Joseph Kennedy and his legacy to his sons. They HAD to suceed. John Kennedy is a handsome well educated man with an drive for SEX and politics in that order. His claim he gets "headaches" if he does not have SEX every day is pretty much repeated throughout the audio. The Private life of Kennedy and Jackie is told in very good detail including the affairs and down and uptimes in the White House. It covers the Bay of Pigs and the Cuban Missle Crisis. What makes this different and gives US the BEST look at the shooter~~~ Lee Harvey Oswald. His life including time in Russia and communist leanings. As the enchanted look into absolute power of Kennedy and he shining appearance of President who at best was very ill and hid it. The secret service has the excuse covering up in every way for Kennedy is in this book is mostly financial. This moves along very fast because Bill OReilly is a fast talker and reader. This book never drags at all. The details are clear and lead to the final fate of the death of Kennedy and the events leading up and beyond that day in Dallas. I GIVE THIS 5 STAR FOR STORY ~ READER AND OVER ALL excellent details of new info on Oswald we have no read or heard of before. VERY good audiobook.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Kent MALIBU, US, Canada 12-29-12
    Kent MALIBU, US, Canada 12-29-12 Member Since 2013
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    "The back of his head was blown off. Please explain"
    Would you try another book from Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard and/or Bill O'Reilly?

    No, their right wing agenda blind them to the truth..


    Has Killing Kennedy turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No just Bill O'Reilly's


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Ignored the fact that the back of Kennedy's head was blown off. Not even a mention of the possibility of anyone except Oswald.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I had hoped for an even handed evaluation of the material, thus disappointment.


    Any additional comments?

    "Some people say" Bill O'Reilly is in the pocket of the Industrial Military Complex, the people who nearly bankrupted USA with their Wars & Policy's, & it started with the murder of Kennedy.

    6 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Robert United States 10-30-12
    Robert United States 10-30-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Totally Disappointed"
    Would you try another book from Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard and/or Bill O'Reilly?

    Perhaps my expectations were too high. I can only express my disappointment with the shallow and UN-compelling story Bill O'Reilly wrote and narrated.

    This is a book for the uninformed who want to stay that way, because as an historical telling of an event with such significance, this was more a soap opera then a historical document.


    Has Killing Kennedy turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Only Bill O'Reilly's


    Would you be willing to try another one of Bill O'Reilly’s performances?

    I would never spend time reading or listening to anything Bill O'Reilly wrote


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Great disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    None needed

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    sheryl Columbus, Ohio United States 10-26-12
    sheryl Columbus, Ohio United States 10-26-12
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    "Not that great"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The book is well written and historically correct. But there is absolutely nothing new that hasn't been written before. A recent HBO movie depicted everything in the book. On talk shows O'Reilly touts the many surprises in the book. I finished the book and am still waiting.


    What other book might you compare Killing Kennedy to and why?

    All of the books I've read about Kennedy's life have the same information.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Bill O'Reilly’s performances?

    I was going to buy the Lincoln book, but not now. I am afraid it is like all the other books I've read about Lincoln.


    Did Killing Kennedy inspire you to do anything?

    Not read any more O'Reilly books.


    Any additional comments?

    I never even noticed that the narrator was O'Reilly. His sing-songy deliverance on every sentence drove me crazy. The sentence he read when Kennedy actually got shot was just "ho hum, the President is dead." He should stick to writing--narration is not his thing.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Russell 10-09-12
    Russell 10-09-12
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    "Another great read by Bill & Martin"
    Would you listen to Killing Kennedy again? Why?

    I have already listened to it twice to ensure I didn't miss anything and loved it more the second time around.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I learned a lot about President Kennedy and First Lady Jackie. very well put together


    What does Bill O'Reilly bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Bill is one of the best orators of the times, i really enjoy listing to him tell a story


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    the entire book was riveting!


    Any additional comments?

    it was the best book i have listened to since Killing Lincoln. Bills other great book

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Tom Paine 02-21-13
    Tom Paine 02-21-13
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    "Fluff from the right wing."
    What would have made Killing Kennedy better?

    Dealing with the facts.


    Has Killing Kennedy turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No.


    What does Bill O'Reilly bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Brain candy for dummies.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Anger and sadness.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't talk to me about how cute Jackie was while you continue to obstruct the key known facts regarding government figures who plotted and carried out the murder of John F. Kennedy.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Tam 12-02-12
    Tam 12-02-12
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    "It's a fiction!"
    What disappointed you about Killing Kennedy?

    The author didn't event get the fact straight. President of VietNam at that time was President Thieu, not President Diem.


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

    No.


    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Linda 10-13-12
    Linda 10-13-12
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    "CAMELOT EXPOSED"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I was in grade school when Kennedy died and through the years we have heard all kinds of stories. This is so informative and I am a Bill O'Reilly fan anyway. It has me spellbound with the story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I'm still listening but I like the facts I never heard. Lee Harvey Oswald's journal...Jackie a chain smoker...


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Chuck Dallas, TX 10-12-12
    Chuck Dallas, TX 10-12-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Great Listen short on details at times"
    Would you try another book from Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard and/or Bill O'Reilly?

    Yes. I enjoyed both Killing Kennedy and Killing Lincoln


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    President Kennedy, I enjoyed the details of his early life and the story of his rise to power


    What does Bill O'Reilly bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Yes. Mr. O' Reilly does add to the story


    Was Killing Kennedy worth the listening time?

    It was worth the time and I enjoyed it


    Any additional comments?

    Would have liked to hear more regarding Kennedy's earlier life prior to PT109 as well as the supporting cast of characters such as LBJ, Dr King, the First Lady and the Secret. Service Agents.

    My only other issue is that after the asassination, the book basically just stopped. No real details after that point

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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