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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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    bonnie 02-07-13
    bonnie 02-07-13
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    Where does Killing Kennedy rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Right at the top! It was a well researched, well written book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The way it was told chronologically, and from the perspectives of many different characters.


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

    ANYONE


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

    Of course when poor Jackie Kennedy is holding John in her lap after he had been shot. It was very sad.


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    L. O. Pardue Atlanta, GA United States 02-02-13
    L. O. Pardue Atlanta, GA United States 02-02-13 Member Since 2010

    I love to read books set in interesting places or historical settings. I especially love mysteries and thrillers.

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    There is so much written about JFK that it is hard to find something new. Nothing was new here, but I found it interesting enough to listen to the end.

    What I liked: The stories about the "Cuban Missile Crisis" and "his relationship with Jackie and others" was very interesting. I enjoyed it.

    What was less than wonderful:
    1) Bill O'Reilly is not a good narrator because he cannot get out of his Fox Pundit rhythm of talking. However, this performance was actually an improvement over the awful narration of "Killing Lincoln".
    2) If there had been one more paragraph about JFK's sexual appetite, O'Reilly would have had to re-name the book "Sex and Kennedy". It was poor writing to imply that he was "leering" at the Mona Lisa exhibit that Jackie successfully brought to the US for America to view. I get it, O'Reilly was using humor with his comparison of Mona Lisa and any other woman in the world that JFK looked at during his adult life. O'Reilly just couldn't pull it off as humorous.

    This would be a good book for anyone who doesn't know much about JFK.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    tom apopka, FL, United States 01-18-13
    tom apopka, FL, United States 01-18-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Good overall facts about "Camelot", O'Reilly??"

    O'Reilly's shotgun delivery takes some geting used to. Could have been twice as long and still not done justice to the various characters.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jeffrey R. Young Columbus, OH USA 01-15-13
    Jeffrey R. Young Columbus, OH USA 01-15-13 Member Since 2011

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    "A Must for Any Student of History (especially JFK)"
    What made the experience of listening to Killing Kennedy the most enjoyable?

    I very much like Bill O'Reilly's style of narration. It is easy to "see" what he describes.


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

    Killing Lincoln, of course, because of the similarity in the historical significance.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The description of the assassination in a minute-by-minute fashion. It was fascinating.


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

    Not really, I enjoyed taking it in "bite-size" chunks which lenghtened my enjoyment.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    A. Padmanabhan FL 12-29-12
    A. Padmanabhan FL 12-29-12 Member Since 2015
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    What made the experience of listening to Killing Kennedy the most enjoyable?

    After reading Lincoln, I was sure that i was going to buy a copy of Kennedy.When the book came out i read it from the library and i was amazed by it. Orielly & Duggard have come out with another political thriller better than a fiction. I found in audible that the book was narrated by Orielly himself. and decided to buy it.

    I realized that i had missed a lot of subtleties when i read it myself and enjoyed the narration.

    This is a great book and wonderful narration.


    Have you listened to any of Bill O'Reilly’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is the best


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

    Real Page turner and fascinated even though you know how it ends.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    kris Garden Grove, CA, United States 12-28-12
    kris Garden Grove, CA, United States 12-28-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Clarification of a horrific historical event"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely. Historical, detailed, touching


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Killing Kennedy?

    As gruesome as it was, the details following the assassination, when Jacquie sat with JFK in the car at the hospital


    Have you listened to any of Bill O'Reilly’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Not yet, but I have just purchased Killing Lincoln as a result of how much I appreciated Killing Kennedy


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

    Yes. Unfortunately my ipod battery and daily responsibilities made me take 3 sittings to finish it.


    Any additional comments?

    As hard as parts were to hear, I am glad to get details from an event that happened when I was only 8 years old. I feel like the "dots" have been connected.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Gerald Omaha, NE, United States 12-11-12
    Gerald Omaha, NE, United States 12-11-12
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    Would you try another book from Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard and/or Bill O'Reilly?

    Yes, would most probably buy another O'Reilly/Dugard book of similar historical significance. Purchased both Killing Lincoln and Killing Kennedy and give both the highest recommendation. Audible delivery of the books is difficult and would probably opt for the discs which is what I need for travel.


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Eileen 11-27-12
    Eileen 11-27-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Thank You Bill O'Reilly"

    Bill O'Reilly makes history very interesting! wish I had had a history teacher that interesting in school! Can't wait for his next history lesson!
    Thanks Bill

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    Judy Texas, USA 10-29-12
    Judy Texas, USA 10-29-12 Member Since 2010

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    "Very informative and well worth the time."
    Would you listen to Killing Kennedy again? Why?

    Maybe.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Killing Kennedy?

    The period of the killing and the moments following.


    Have you listened to any of Bill O'Reilly’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No.


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

    Her response at the time of the killing.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas 10-26-12
    Thomas 10-26-12

    Tell us about yourself!

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    Great book. So much of what happened during this time was never shared with me. I did not grow up during this time frame but I had a pedestal view of JFK and MLK. I was amazed with the behind the scenes of the President and his successes and failures. This was a great read. Bill O'Reilly is such a great narrator! I also listened to Killing Lincoln, however, Killing Kennedy was closer to my generation. I can wait for the next book that comes out.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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