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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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Would you consider the audio edition of Killing Kennedy to be better than the print version?

We enjoyed all the factual information Riley gives in this book.

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

We listened to "Killing Patton". We like the way Riley gives the date and the time that the events took place.

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

We didn't know that JFK was such a philanderer.

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not an o Reilly fan... but a great book

Putting politics completely aside Bill O'Reilly did a wonderful job of bringing history to life. his matter-of-fact delivery and intriguing personal stories of the Kennedy regime are both fascinating and entertaining. this is the second book from the killing series that I have listened to. and I am planning on listening to the rest.

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Thanks Bill

Loved it but why not more info on the conspiracy theories that so many felt where true, or at least true in part.....you could entitle it "The Killing of the JFK Conspiracy Theories."

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A historical gold mine

I love stories of heroes and villains. This is exactly that. Two deeply flawed men arriving at the intersections of glory and tragedy, meeting in a split second of time, casting the world's future into the hands of men with deeply flawed tunnel vision and self-serving dreams destined to baptize the nation in a pool of blood and agony. The paralleling of these two lives is a stroke of literary generous if only in its simplicity, engaging the listener in the anticipation and expectation of the culture's memorization of the final act of this classic Greek tragedy. A work of art that causes both admiration and tears for the fallen king and a mix of empathy and sorrow for the wasted life of the assassin whose needs for validation cost the world both blood and dreams. The loss of America's faith arrived that day from the end of a cheap Italian rifle even as the lord of body bags rode at a safe distance behind the exploding brain of Carolyn and John-John's daddy - ushering in the new age of cynicism.

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Fantastic.

This was a great read. There are many interesting connections that I didn't know surrounding the assassination and those involved.

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On Killing Kennedy

Biased against JFK because of my parents' anti-JFK sentiments during my childhood, I rather reluctantly chose this book based more on my regard for the other "Killing" books. I was pleasantly surprised and entertained by yet another extremely well researched, well performed and compellingly pieced together & important period of American history.

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Killing Kennedy

Great book! Great story and great facts!

Kept my attention the entire time. Didn't want it to end.

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

A greater appreciation

What did you like best about this story?

Brought to life the many (almost unbelievable) issues being addressed all at the same time.

Which scene was your favorite?

Him and Bobby talking over the Cuban missile problems

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gave me great respect for JFK

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great book

love it. well written and well researched. it was accurate history while entertaining. worth multiple listens and reads.

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One of the Best

This is an outstanding Audio book. I couldn't stop listening. my favorite one so far. This one will hook you into the other books by Bill O'Reilly