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.
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I enjoyed how this book put together the Official account of what happened together with the personal account of life in Camelot. The personal life tales mixed in with the Preidents daily agenda made the whole tragedy more real.
I loved the way that Bill ORielly's recount of the story clearly demonstrated his love and admiration for the President.
The recounts of Jack Jr in the Oval Office. I remember hearing an audio recording of the president attempting to conduct business as Jack Jr. was hear in the background of the recording and the real life response from the President, being a "dad".
The book was full of ups and downs as is the entire life of the Kennedys. You smiled as you recall the vast acconts of the hightly documented lives here. It's like seeing an old friend after a long absence.
I've read numerous book on the Kennedy assassination and 'Camelot'. I truly enjoyed Bill O'Reilly's version. I found it filled with numerous tales/stories I had never heard before. And while other books were supposedly written with the assistance of the Secret Service members, those close to the President and even Jackie herself, I found this one to be the most believable of all. The fact that Bill O'Reilly read it himself made it all the better. I truly enjoyed the entertaining way in which the story line was presented. I highly recommend it. I liked this audio book so much I plan to try Killing Lincoln next.
In the middle. I prefer fiction.
Depiction of how Kennedy's body brace affected his assassination. Like a perfect storm
It did make me sad, and upset in general. The topic itself isn't a feel-good thing, but I adored this President and was only 17 when he died. I cried in a department store bathroom at the time.
Read all of O'Reilly's "Killing" series. This is the best of them, in my humble opinion.
"No matter where you go... there you are."
If you read only one book on JFK, this should be the one. It presented history through engaging prose and covered the subject well. There were no "revelations," just the true story with all its facts, both heroic and despicable.
I enjoyed Bill O'Reilly's telling of the story of this fascinating man and the recap of this tumultuous period of our history. Although most of the general facts have already been reported over time and by various accountings, I enjoyed learning about many of the details that had been previously unknown to me. Overall I enjoyed the read and recommend the book to others.
64 yo, love history ,Sci-fy,Fantasy,Para-normal,UFO,ETC.
Worth your time
We get a inside look at politics and how the public is deceived by the men and women in power.
Bill has a no nonsense approach to the subject matter and you can hear that in his voice.
I HIGHLY recommend this book as a must listen.
Loving the time saving, knowledge gaining audiobook. There's nothing like a good listen. Currently enjoying genres of survival/adventure, economics, politics, history and religion.
One often wonders what really happens in the private lives of politicians. This book provides an excellent insight into the life and death of a rather famous one, worth the time if you're half curious about Kennedy.
The content and format and presentation of this book is excellent.
It was very easy to listen too
It had lots of usefull bits of highly interesting information about Kenedy etc.
The ONLY signficant shortcoming is that he tows the official line of having Lee Harvey Oswald as the lone gunman. He does not explain any of the contradicting evidence such as Kenedies head lunging backwards when the bullet was meant to have come from there or other anomalies. Apart from this weakness I thoroughly enjoyed and learnt much by listening to it.
The way O'Reilly presented the story (in writing and in Narration)
There were SO many interesting facts about Kennedy (family and White House) that I hadn't previously learned in History classes (high school nor college). O'Reilly was knowledgeable and was upfront about the information in the story being FACT (any opinion or speculation was excluded)... it was clear that the reader (or listener) would be left to draw his/her own conclusions.
Kennedy's assassination was very moving for me. As I went through the book, I became very attached as if I personally knew President Kennedy and his family. When the assassination portion of the book was played, I was surprised how touched (very sad) I felt...I hadn't realized just how enthralled I was into the story!
HIGHLY recommend this book to all.
Although Mr. O'Reilly's voice does tend to lack emotion during key points, I enjoyed the well researched content.
Similar in title to Killing Lincoln, both incorporated factual details that made a connection to me as a listener.
I prefer Killing Kennedy to Killing Lincoln. I believe the reason is simple, as a child growing up in the 60s and 70s I could relate to the Kennedy children, loved the elegant Jackie, and wanted desperately to believe in Camelot.
For one brief shining moment, Camelot.
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