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
The book charts a course through JFKs life, picking out many of the elements for which he was so famous and elements not so famous that hold relevance towards his untimely death. I felt that the various strands the book picked up - such as his relationship with singer Frank Sinatra to the falling out between various factions of government following the Bay of Pigs - weaves a story of a man with many enemies, explaining why that came to pass.
Yet, in telling the story of his death the book plays it straight. It's not for it to pick a winner among conspiracy theories (or none); rather, it outlines a picture of Kennedy's life from which you may draw conclusions, ranging from conspiracy to plain old law of diminishing numbers - with enough enemies, something was bound to happen in the end.
I came to the book knowing quite a bit about JFK, but I learned quite a bit more around the colour of the man. The audiobook is well narrated and paced, and even though one knows the tale quite well it brings you to an emotional climax.
Bill O'Reilly does a great job of narration. More than that, though, are the details that have been scoured to put a production like this together. Details from many angles--What was going on with Oswald concurrent with what was going on with Kennedy, as well as others. The extensive backgrounds of individuals involved helped to provide a better understanding of the various things which occurred and why they may have occurred.
I love audio books, and have over 60 to my name from Audible at this time. I am constantly listening to them. They all generally hold my interest and are my preferred medium of entertainment. That said, this one more than almost any other was one I just couldn't turn off.
I enjoyed this book except for the narration. Bill O'Reilly read this book like he was in a hurry to get through it........totally distracting!!
Not all that high but O'reilly and Dugard do bring to light the full magnitude of Kennedy's flaws as well as his unquestioned brilliancy.
People have a vision of O'reilly based on his television show and here that does not serve them well whether they agree with his political views or not. He writes as an author with something to say and I lingered with the listen for that reason. The writing is not fascinating and his narration is okay, but with that said this book is worthwhile and I would urge those in whatever part of the political spectrum to approach it as a meaningful learning opportunity.
I really enjoyed this book. I purchased Killing Lincoln and loved it so I figured I could not go wrong. I was not disappointed!
The time at the hospital with Jackie.
I thought he did a great job.
I made me cry mostly, because it took me right back there to that terrible day. Something impossible to forget.
I'm anxious to see how he did with Killing Jesus!
Retirement=More time to read.
You Are There.
Although it was discussed in the news and in magazine articles many, many times during Kennedy's presidency (and a movie was made about the incident), there were parts of the PT 109 story that I don't recall ever having heard before. (Although I may have just forgotten--it was a good many years ago.)
Also, I found myself reacting with the tension of suspense as the president's car neared the Texas Book Depository, even though knowing what would (did) happen there and that it could not be changed. That is a mark of a well-told story.
And then there was something at the end of the book that I won't talk about, as it would be a Spoiler.
Bill O'Reilly is a professional speaker. Who else could better read his book? He does an excellent job and I enjoyed hearing him narrate the words he wrote (or co-wrote--I don't know just how his partnership with Martin Dugard works).
Not necessarily. While it was very interesting, very well-written, and gave a sense of immediacy to historical events, the fact that I'd lived through those times meant I did not have to keep listening to find out what happened next. So I listened to it in several sessions.
I think Mr. O'Reilly and Mr. Dugard have done a great service in showing that history is neither boring nor irrelevant. It is just usually so poorly presented that people lose interest.
Very well done. It hold your interest. Presents the J.F. Kennedy in a balanced light. It does not shy away from his faults, but presents his strengths and a leader, husband, and father. It also provide details in the lives of those surrounding JFK including Oswald.
Retired business owner conservative
Yes great information I never knew !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Wonderful book and performance
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.
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.
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