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
Yes, to make sure what I learned sticks and to hear O'Rielly say nice things about a democrat.
Bill O'Rielly, Jackie and even JFK. I'm 25, I didn't really know much about any of them. Jackie is enchanting, her character is so perfect it seems like she's made up. As O'Rielly tells it JFK goes from cheating husband and cowardly president to a wonderful father, husband and strong leader.
85% of communication is nonverbal. His tone, the inflections in his voice add to the mystique of the Kenndys. I could hear the admiration in his voice for JFK and Jackie. When JFK failed O'Rielly was matter-of-fact but when JFK succeeded, again, O'Rielly's admiration shown through.
All the fun of Bill O'Rielly without most of his opinions.
O'Reilly's narration is terrible. O'Reilly's politics shows immediately.
O'Reilly continually stopped mid-sentence and mid-thought and read in a sing-song voice.
Bill O'Reilly cuts through all the nonsense and gives the straight story behind the Kennedy assassination. Well researched and fascinating. Great book.
As someone who doesn't watch Bill O'Reilly shouting on television, I was glad he narrated the book in a 'normal' voice. He and Dugard compiled an amazing amount of detail about the Kennedys, Oswald, and other key characters in this tragic event, and they go out of their way to lay the groundwork leading up to November 22, 1963. My disappointment was that they left me wanting more. They essentially ended the story as soon as Air Force One left Dallas. The authors omitted inside information about planning JFK's funeral, the interaction between LBJ and Jackie, or other happenings immediately after the assassination.
I was hesitant in purchasing Killing Kennedy, only because of the narrator’s style on television. I knew I could not tolerate eight hours of someone yelling at me. But the book came recommended by a colleague whom I trust; and I hit the ‘purchase’ button.
I was most pleasantly surprised.
The book begins with the inauguration of JFK and then follows his life and the life of Lee Harvey Oswald over the next three years. It is a steady, and non-judgemental narrative of a truly remarkable story. Bill O’Reilly’s performance was controlled and yet expressive. I was never tempted to stop listening, in fact I had difficulty hitting the pause button, even when I was called to other tasks.
In the top 20%
Definitely did not make me laugh
The books kept my interest from beginning to end. However, it was a little painful to relive this event.
Among the non-fiction books that I have read, this serves as an excellent and clear overview of a tragic even in our history.
I don't think that this book lends itself to necessarily revealing a "favorite" character.
There wasn't one in my opinion.
I found that although I believed to be thoroughly familiar with the assassination of President Kennedy, within the pages of this book, I discovered some new facts - both which could be regarded as trivia as well as significant information. That is why I think it was very easy to continue listening to this narrative once it began.
I had read Killing Lincoln and was anxious to read/listen to Killing Kennedy and I was not disappointed with either work by this author.
Yes i would recommend this to all care about our country's history. Mr. O'Reilly has a way of making the reader feel as though we were standing wright on the corner watching all that happened.
The description of the motorcade.
His voice. He has a way about telling a story.He makes the listener feel involved.
Killing Kennedy.....What Happened and Why?
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Enlightning view inside the events of 1963. Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard wrote an excellent book paralleling the different strands of Kennedy's and Oswald's life, and the events of the period. I 'd strongly recommend to anyone showing an interest in historical chronicles.
In the top few of the non-fiction listens.
The agent's understanding that Jackie didn't want the public to see Jack with his face blown up so he put his own jacket over the face and chest, which allowed Jackie to let them take Jack into the hospital.
O'Reilly was concise, not overdramatic, and coherent.
Details about Jackie at the hospital.
O'Reilly brings in issues relating to the mob, Sinatra, Cuba, Russia and others. Were any of them involved with Lee Harvey? No way to know...the Russian connection is the only one with any real proximity. He doesn't flatly state that there were no other possibilities than Lee Harvey but the evidence for a one man operation is compelling. Excellent book, good follow up to "Killing Lincoln."
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