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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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    Tim Bradenton, FL, United States 03-29-13
    Tim Bradenton, FL, United States 03-29-13 Member Since 2013
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    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Donna Canada 03-28-13
    Donna Canada 03-28-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Who is O'Reilly going to kill next?"

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Brian Hamlin JONESBORO, GA, US 03-27-13
    Brian Hamlin JONESBORO, GA, US 03-27-13

    Have 300 other books in different accounts.

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    "Very informative."
    What made the experience of listening to Killing Kennedy the most enjoyable?

    Learning several news things and the history of the family and JFk himself.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard ? Why or why not?

    Yes


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The way the book was explained.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    RICHARD NORTH BROOKFIELD, MA, United States 03-26-13
    RICHARD NORTH BROOKFIELD, MA, United States 03-26-13 Member Since 2012
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    "just fascinating"
    What did you love best about Killing Kennedy?

    Reilly sets you up by dtailing every possible person or group that would want to kill JFK, then let's you decide for yourself


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

    Killing Lincoln - profiles in courage


    What about Bill O'Reilly’s performance did you like?

    his inflections are great


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    no laugh or cry - just left my mouth open


    Any additional comments?

    I did not ecpect this to be great but it was

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    David 03-19-13
    David 03-19-13
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    Would you listen to Killing Kennedy again? Why?

    Once was enough to learn the sad story.


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

    Nothing I've read compares.


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

    Immediacy and nuance


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

    Description of Jackie on the day of the assassination


    Any additional comments?

    It is a great listen

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Brendan 03-16-13
    Brendan 03-16-13
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    "Camelot meets the no spin zone"

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Tammy Borger, TX, United States 03-12-13
    Tammy Borger, TX, United States 03-12-13
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    "Very informative! A great listen!"
    What did you love best about Killing Kennedy?

    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!


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

    He seems to emphasize the high points bringing drama and suspense at just the right moments.


    Any additional comments?

    Good book! I will listen to all of Bill O'Reilly's books based on how good this book was!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jay Laguna Niguel, CA, United States 03-04-13
    Jay Laguna Niguel, CA, United States 03-04-13 Member Since 2015
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    "A rehas of the facts about the Kennedys."
    What did you like best about Killing Kennedy? What did you like least?

    At times O'Reilly comes up with a few interesting facts I had not heard before.


    If you’ve listened to books by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard before, how does this one compare?

    N/A


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Bill O'Reilly?

    Anyone who sounded more interested.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Not a chance. Like many movies the most interesting thing about this was the title.


    Any additional comments?

    At times O'Reilly sounded just plain bored with his own book.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    John 03-04-13
    John 03-04-13
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Not! Learned some new facts, regarding Oswald, little new about JFK. Heard a different perspective, not pleased with narrators delivery


    Would you be willing to try another book from Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard ? Why or why not?

    Don't believe I'll waste the time


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

    Not impressed with delivery at all, less than pleasing tone and cadence


    Do you think Killing Kennedy needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No, Lack of evidence to support differing theories negate the need


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Anna NEW YORK, NY, United States 03-01-13
    Anna NEW YORK, NY, United States 03-01-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Not historical"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I was under the impression that this was history and not o'Reilly's biased and incomplete version of the past.


    What was most disappointing about Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard ’s story?

    Too much focus on Kennedy's sex life


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

    No


    What character would you cut from Killing Kennedy?

    O'Reilly


    Any additional comments?

    In addition to the above, important facts were left out, for example, the fact that we almost went to war with Russia over the bay of pigs invasion.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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