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
Right at the top! It was a well researched, well written book.
The way it was told chronologically, and from the perspectives of many different characters.
Of course when poor Jackie Kennedy is holding John in her lap after he had been shot. It was very sad.
I love to read books set in interesting places or historical settings. I especially love mysteries and thrillers.
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.
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.
I very much like Bill O'Reilly's style of narration. It is easy to "see" what he describes.
Killing Lincoln, of course, because of the similarity in the historical significance.
The description of the assassination in a minute-by-minute fashion. It was fascinating.
Not really, I enjoyed taking it in "bite-size" chunks which lenghtened my enjoyment.
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.
This is the best
Real Page turner and fascinated even though you know how it ends.
Absolutely. Historical, detailed, touching
As gruesome as it was, the details following the assassination, when Jacquie sat with JFK in the car at the hospital
Not yet, but I have just purchased Killing Lincoln as a result of how much I appreciated Killing Kennedy
Yes. Unfortunately my ipod battery and daily responsibilities made me take 3 sittings to finish it.
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.
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.
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!
The period of the killing and the moments following.
Her response at the time of the killing.
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.
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