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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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    Kristina frisco, TX, United States 11-18-12
    Kristina frisco, TX, United States 11-18-12
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    Where does Killing Kennedy rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    At the top


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    I listen to my books driving long distances and exercising. If a book is boring or the narrator is bad, I cannot listen to it. I have to have something keep me from falling asleep as motion makes me drowsy. This book kept me wide awake and very interested for 4 1/2 hours straight, until I reached my destination! This isn't a politically slanted book. Many people do not know that Bill O'Reilly is in the Kennedy family. As he says in the introduction (and he does great narrating the book), he has a unique view of the events and years leading up to JFK's demise. He does not prop conspiracy theories at all. It is a very factual book with loads of information that are true and merely history lessons, as well as new information that he says has never been made public. He had discovered new information in his research for the book with someone else. It was easy to picture in my mind, the events that Bill writes about. I felt like I was right there watching JFK and his family go through each milestone.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    JerryL 10-16-12
    JerryL 10-16-12 Member Since 2007

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    O'Reilly and Dugard do a good job on this book. I truly appreciate the historical insight the authors bring to events leading up to and immediately following President Kennedy's assassination.

    I was a fourth grader when it happened; our class was on the playground for recess when we heard the news. All of us were scared to death to hear about our President’s death. Several of our teachers were crying and hugging one another. I truly hope our children and grandchildren will never see history repeat itself.

    The book is well written and the history is meticulously researched…just wish O'Reilly would have had someone else do the reading...listening to the book was like watching The Factor for seven hours straight.

    15 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    Ray United States 10-29-12
    Ray United States 10-29-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Riveting! Fast Moving! Incisive!"

    Superbly written composition of the facts. FINALLY, a book to give some finality to this horrible national tragedy. Read it. Learn from it. Move on.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Guy with An Opinion Someplace in US 01-30-13
    Guy with An Opinion Someplace in US 01-30-13 Member Since 2012

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    "before I got it I knew it would be great and it is"
    Where does Killing Kennedy rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I've read previous O'reilly books so I felt confident this would be worth the time. Bill nariated and did an excellent job.

    This is my first audio book


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Overall educational value


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

    Always in print until now


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

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    Much detail about events of the time was discussed a lot of which was new to me.

    I expected to learn something about the actual assassination but didn't.

    If you hope t I learn a new theory on the killing you will be disappointed.

    I also purchased Killing Lincoln in hardback form but have yet to read even the back cover. I enjoyed th audii format and anticipate the rest of the books I get to be so.

    Bottom line: Most people are going to love the book.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Kellen 10-29-12
    Kellen 10-29-12
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    If you could sum up Killing Kennedy in three words, what would they be?

    Captivating, educational, informative


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Having not been alive at the time of the Kennedy assassination, O'Reilly did a wonderful job of capturing the emotion, particularly of the First Lady, at the time of her husband's death. I found myself having to fight back tears. It was obviously a tragic time not only for our nation, but also for the woman who loved the man. Very well written from a historical perspective, but also from a personal perspective.


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

    YES!


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    10-29-12
    10-29-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Fantabulous!"
    Where does Killing Kennedy rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Way up there with the best. Loved it.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    President Kennedy was, of course, the main interest and the best character. He and Jackie were colorful people.


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

    Love Bill. Great Performance


    Any additional comments?

    Not a history buff but this kept my interest and also answered some questions I had. I lived through this segment of history and O'Reilly put answers to some of my questions.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Peter Neenah, WI, United States 10-17-12
    Peter Neenah, WI, United States 10-17-12 Member Since 2011
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    Would you listen to Killing Kennedy again? Why?

    Yes. If I didn't have a lot of other books that I want to listen to.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The objective nature of the story was refreshing. There are a lot of conspiracy theories and I felt he just told the facts.


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

    I enjoy his narration style. I have listen to his other books and he just makes you want to continue to listen.


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

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    Keep them coming Bill. I enjoy listening to your books.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Alan Sunrise, FL, United States 10-04-12
    Alan Sunrise, FL, United States 10-04-12 Member Since 2010
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    "A book without a purpose"

    Bill O'Reilly fails to deliver in his recent book Killing Kennedy. This new book is nothing more then a compilation of already known facts concerning the Kennedy presidency.. The title of this book is extremely misleading as this book deals with Kennedy's adult life starting with his WWII career. The book is eight hours long and yet seven of those hours have nothing to do with November 22nd, 1963.

    Killing Lincoln, O'Reilly's previous book was a #1 hit. But this book is sloppy and in numerous places historically incorrect. One prime example is O'Reilly stating that the "Wanted For Treason" posters
    was a prime reason why in Sept '63 the upcoming November trip to Dallas should be cancelled. The problem is that the said posters were only published and distributed on Nov 21, 1963, two months later and only 1 day before the assassination

    After to listening to this book, Ive come away with absolutely no new information about the assassination. I have however learned a little more about the President's personal life and his battles with Addisons Disease. You actually feel for him and what he must have suffered through.

    I give this book 3 stars not because its a great literary piece of work but because it is easy to listen to and is informative.

    If you love O;Reilly, buy this book

    If you hate O'Reilly buy this book.

    If you are looking for a serious work about the Kennedy assassination, then buy Vincent Bugliosi's book Reclaiming History

    27 of 41 people found this review helpful
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    vannetta LAMPASAS, TX, United States 12-04-12
    vannetta LAMPASAS, TX, United States 12-04-12 Member Since 2013
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    Would you listen to Killing Kennedy again? Why?

    This was a well-written, enlightning view into the events of 1963. O'Reilly does a good job of balancing the different strands of Kennedy's life, Oswald's life, and the events of the time period. I'd highly recommend to anyone interested in historical narratives.


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

    Yes. Killing Lincoln, which was also quite good.


    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Joseph Barton, NY, USA 11-12-12
    Joseph Barton, NY, USA 11-12-12
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Killing Kennedy to be better than the print version?

    Great book giving a lot of detailed information about the behind the scenes. Author did a great job of keeping multiple story lines going in parallel.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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