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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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B o' R strikes again.

Another great book in the Killing Series. Can't wait for more to come. 2 words remaining.

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Like Bill? Hate Bill? He DOES make you think!

"What were you doing the day that Kennedy was shot?" My young co-worker looked at me and said "No you are wrong Ms. Kane, he died in a plane crash over 'Hyacinth' Island"! So it is official I am old and there is a whole generation out there who know nothing about America's Royal family. I resisted the urge to tell her to GO TO HER ROOM, as I am sure that HR would have just loved that and then I debated between a Starbucks run or a Xanax!

I, unlike many other reviewers DID learn a lot about Camelot and my mind was opened to several different scenarios with regards to how that dreadful day ran its course. Personally I was always so very sure that VP Lyndon B. Johnson had orchestrated Kennedy's death. Imagine my surprise when reading O'Reilly's claim that the VP was treated with such little respect. Only two or so hours of time with POTUS during a 12 month period. Having been used in order to get the 'Top Job' and then dropped like a hot potato once you are no longer needed. Of course I still have an open mind about these tales though I do have a feeling that the acorns never fell too far from the tree when it came to the Kennedy children.

Joe Kennedy was a manipulative user. Rose 'hid' behind religion knowing full well that her husband thought that the 10 Commandments were the 10 Suggestions when it came to the Kennedy Klan. O'Reily, who, gave a great performance, has opened my mind to realizing that Joe’s children were, perhaps more like him than I previously thought. Please bear in mind that I was brought up in Europe where we thought of Kennedy as a Saint rather that a man.

An excellent read/listen.

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Very interesting

Good book on the history of Kennedy's life. I would recommend it to anyone wanting to learn more about his life and presidency.

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it was very interesting to listen too. I am not fond of the narration nor the writing, it seemed choppy and to jump around a bit before getting back on track to the topic. the jumping around allowed to shed light on different influences or different people in kennedys life but the choppiness of it lost me a few times.

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  • Juventino
  • Brooklyn, New York United States
  • 12-11-15

Mr. O'Reilly

Thank you for another well read book.


Signed,

A Mexican immigrant who loves his new country (USA).

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A look at the real Camelot

There is always something new or newly remembered. I enjoy all of these books. Bill does a great job of narration.

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my alone time

I really enjoyed listing to Mr. O'REILLY .
giving me the truth about President Kennedy.
and Jackie Kennedy.

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  • Vicky
  • GA, United States
  • 11-19-15

Emotional Journey

Well worth reading! The account presents the facts, in a straightforward linear fashion. Though conspiracies are mentioned, the focus is on the realities of the nation, and the lives of all involved.

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great story, dislike narrator

great book, often annoyed by O'Reilly's narration.

Read Killing Reagan, loved it, every aspect.

The story and content of Killing Kennedy is great, but honestly, O'Reilly is a spitty, sometimes bored-sounding narrator. The use of a different narrator in a Killing reagan made all the difference.

Still an excellent book, but would probably prefer to read, rather than listen, to this one.

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  • Blam-o
  • San Antonio, TX
  • 10-27-15

Excellent story

History comes alive with this book. I know what you're thinking. "Really? Another Kennedy book?" While I might have agreed before I read it, I completely disagree now. This is a must read for anyone who enjoys history. It's a must read for anyone who is interested in this country. It's also a great read for those who don't even care. This goes beyond just the assassination, and delves into the life, & presidency of Kennedy. It also peppers in history of the time. While there was a lot going on in the 60s, this has just the right amount of intrigue surrounding the assassination. Not too heavy on conspiracy theories, not overly pro magic bullet theory. It's also not all about politics and policy and more focused on the ties and personal life of the president. Again, a great read for anyone. Especially anyone who wasn't alive at the time. It really gives a picture of history that is contrary to how some believe it may have been.