From the best-selling team of Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard comes Killing Reagan, an epic account of the career of President Ronald Reagan that tells the vivid story of his rise to power - and the forces of evil that conspired to bring him down.
Just two months into his presidency, Ronald Reagan lay near death after a gunman's bullet came within inches of his heart. His recovery was nothing short of remarkable - or so it seemed. But Reagan was grievously injured, forcing him to encounter a challenge that few men ever face. Could he silently overcome his traumatic experience while at the same time carrying out the duties of the most powerful man in the world?
Told in the same riveting fashion as Killing Lincoln, Killing Kennedy, Killing Jesus, and Killing Patton, Killing Reagan reaches back to the golden days of Hollywood where Reagan found both fame and heartbreak, up through the years in the California governor's mansion, and finally to the White House where he presided over boom years and the fall of the iron curtain. But it was John Hinckley Jr.'s attack on him that precipitated President Reagan's most heroic actions. In Killing Reagan, O'Reilly and Dugard take readers behind the scenes, creating an unforgettable portrait of a great man operating in violent times.
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Like others in the O'Reilly, Martin Dugard series, this book is full of research that tells the reader things we didn't know or some of us only suspected. It will take me some time to fully digest and separate the public Ronald Reagan from the historical facts in the book. I'm sure that some people may be put off by some of the material but I found it thought provoking and very timely considering a Presidential election is on the horizon.
The entire book was captivating and had be either shaking my head in disbelief or nodding in confirmation that I got things right when they were happening. I am a Ronald Reagan fan but I now need to revaluate some of the reasons why.
I have read or listened to all of Bill O' Reilly's books. The research done by Martin Dugard is truly brilliant and give the reader insight that go beyond the sound bites and fluffed up images we form our opinions on. It is no surprise the Bill started off and a teacher and still is; he just has a bigger class room now.
Acting The Part
Everyone We have forgotten what leadership is because we have no examples today.
Yes, all outstanding
When the book began I was disappointed that O'Reilly was not the narrator, but aft a few moments I began to notice how good this narrator was.
Again, this was a wonderful history book narrated as a story. Unlike most history books that are dry as cracker juice, Killing Reagan relives the events and the listener feels the excitement and all the emotions
I have gone through all of Bill O'Reilly's and Martin Dugard's books and enjoyed each one.... can't wait to see what they come up with next...
very good book, we'll written and gives great political insight showing the good, bad and ugly of the politics, egos and personalities of many well known politicians and others.
We should all hope to have someone love us as much as Mrs Reagan loved her husband. it kept me listening and gave me energy and provoced many thoughts. I almost cried when Mr Reagan died, I felt Mrs Reagan sadness
Eveeeery decade or so a person will profoundly affect everyone's life in a good way. Reagan was one of those iconic leaders this country needed badly at the time. Few can rationally deny the good he brought to our country. This story reinforces that period of time to remember how great Reagan was, but provides the details that fills in the blanks often wondered. The research about Reagan was stellar, almost making you feel you were there, with details that amaze. A good read.
PLOT: close up look at Ronald Regan and the attempt to kill him by John Hinkley Junior.
**Bill O'Reilly ONLY narrates the introduction. **
This bio starts when divorced actor Ronald Wilson Regan meets actress Nancy Davis He is a very fit rugged Hollywood bachelor. His involvement with actress Nancy Davis results in her becoming pregnant and they end up married. With the advent of Television~ Regan's movie career is waning. He makes the move to Television and becomes the host of "GE Theatre". This also makes him wealthy. His increasing conservative views has his switch from democrat to republican. He enters politics with a successful bid as the Governor of California. His is labeled "the Great Communicator" due to his wonderful speaking voice. Nancy is described as a devoted but very "controlling wife.". When Regan is elected president. Nancy "retains" their own private PSYCHIC CONSULTANT for $3,000 a month. The Regan's Children ~ Ronnie Junior and Patty Davis both rebel against the "establishment" in the 1960s. Patty is openly critical of both her parents and blames them for the unhappiness in her life.
Enter John Hinkley Junior. A depressed and moody man who has had mental issues dating from his childhood. He is unable to hold a job and is dependent on his parents for financial support. After seeing the movie Taxi Driver his new 'obsession' is actress Jodi Foster. Sending her endless love letters and even calls her on the phone and stalks her at her college dorm. He makes plans to "impress her" by shooting someone. Hinkley acquires a gun and moves forward in his plans and Regan becomes his TARGET. Hinkley fires and hits Regan In his chest and hits 3 other people in his bid to kill Regan. This is very well done in the details of Regan's recovery. Regan is elected for a second term but has increased "memory issues."
Hinkley is found insane and moved into a mental hospital where he can play his guitar, watch tv and keep his hair long and shaggy and continues his obsession with Foster.
This bio also includes Regans close friendship with Margaret Thatcher. Regan's memory issues are finally diagnosed as Alzheimer's which eventually ends his life. This is a very good bio. Regan has both charm and even humor. Nancy is very clearly disliked by everyone but Regan. Narrated by Martin Dugard who does a fair/good job with narration but I personally would have preferred Bill O'Reilly to narrate his own books.The content and story keep us interested. I give this 4 STAR over all and 3 on narration/performance. Great look at the fascinating charismatic Ronald Regan.
O'Reilly and Dugard bring no spin reality to the many events of this era and in doing so, simultaneously humanize Reagan while elevating his standing in history even further, along with that of the woman behind the man, Nancy Reagan.
I loved it but wish they could have refrained from cussing. The same point would have been achieved.
Yes, it is a good account of the Reagan years and a good way to look at a Presidency that is so often misunderstood. Both authors write in an engaging and journalistic way. The section on the Falklands is nicely balanced and one of the best descriptions of the sinking of HMS Sheffield I have come across.
The authors are actually a surprise. O'Reilly is best known for being the "beast of Fox News" and here there are certainly some right wing nuances, that said I found myself appreciating his passion and the power of the argument even if every way of looking at problem or issue I don't agree with,
No - three sittings.
I wish they would look at the FDR years as well. See what they make of that.
"More than just about Regan"
So I picked this book because of the other high ratings, I was a teen when Regan was president, and i didn't approve of a few of his choices or moves, but I was intrigued by his popularity.The book was interesting because it went of in tangents to describe other events happening world wide during episodes of Regan's life and presidency. My only gripe, is that I googled Bill o Reilly and this book after purchasing it, and there are claims that a lot of the content was fabricated or embellished, and during particular points in the book i was left wondering if this was the writer simply being creative. Either way, I got through it and enjoyed it.. Worth a listen
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