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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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  • Alan
  • Sunrise, FL, United States
  • 10-04-12

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

29 of 47 people found this review helpful

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Long live the king

What did you love best about Killing Kennedy?

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.

What did you like best about this story?

I loved the way that Bill ORielly's recount of the story clearly demonstrated his love and admiration for the President.

Which scene was your favorite?

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".

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

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.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Facinating

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

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.

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  • Nancy
  • ALBUQUERQUE, NM, United States
  • 11-12-13

Best of the series

Where does Killing Kennedy rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

In the middle. I prefer fiction.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Killing Kennedy?

Depiction of how Kennedy's body brace affected his assassination. Like a perfect storm

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Bill O'Reilly?

Anybody

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

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.

Any additional comments?

Read all of O'Reilly's "Killing" series. This is the best of them, in my humble opinion.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Nothing New, but Great Overall Book on Subject

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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.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Interesting Read

What did you love best about Killing Kennedy?

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.

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Another highly hard hitting story from O`Reilly

If you could sum up Killing Kennedy in three words, what would they be?

Worth your time

What did you like best about this story?

We get a inside look at politics and how the public is deceived by the men and women in power.

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

Bill has a no nonsense approach to the subject matter and you can hear that in his voice.

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

Yes

Any additional comments?

I HIGHLY recommend this book as a must listen.

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An interesting insight

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.

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EXCELLENT BOOK - DEFINITELY WORTH THE LISTEN

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.

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  • Brian
  • Sykesville, MD, United States
  • 03-05-13

Great book!

What did you love best about Killing Kennedy?

The way O'Reilly presented the story (in writing and in Narration)

What did you like best about this story?

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.<br/>

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

No.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

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!

Any additional comments?

HIGHLY recommend this book to all.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful