Killing Kennedy

Killing Kennedy

The End of Camelot

Book - 2012 | 1st ed.
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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 readers have thrilled to Bill O'Reilly's Killing Lincoln , the page-turning work of nonfiction about the shocking assassination that changed the course of American history. Now the iconic 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 Allen 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 twentieth 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 reader. This may well be the most talked about book of the year.

Publisher: New York : Henry Holt and Co., 2012
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780805096668
Branch Call Number: 973.922092
Characteristics: 325 p. : ill., maps, port., facsimiles ; 25 cm.
Additional Contributors: Dugard, Martin


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Oct 23, 2017

on 2017 reading ballot

Aug 16, 2017

Bill O'Reilly can no longer be a reliable source of facts. He has been outed as a fraud who has used fake sources to get his information. sad.

Aug 16, 2017

Bugliosis' book about the assassination is the best of the bunch, but this is worth the time.

Cynthia_N Apr 29, 2017

Great read! A little bit of sensationalism and a lot of history. I talked with my father about this book and he would tell me to watch for certain things and they covered all the things he remembered. Enjoyable and informative!

shava87 Mar 08, 2017

I thought it would be some kind of conspiracy book, but I was pleasantly surprised. It's a brief biography of both JFK and Lee Harvey Oswald and at the same time very brief and clear summary of the history processes during Kennedy's presidency / Cold war, Bay of Pigs, The missle crisis, Vietnam, Civil rights movement/.

Jun 08, 2016

A very informative and thrilling book, it made my heart race. It is just like a documentary in a book, a very exciting documentary at that. It is a must read book.

Mar 14, 2016

An easy introduction to the JFK tragedy for first-time readers about the event. For those already knowledgeable about it, this book offers a recap of all the trivial ironies, coincidences, and "lasts" during Kennedy's final months. Every chapter breaks your heart anew, as each is written with the fateful day in mind. If you have preformed opinions of the author, you should probably skip this book and the series. I had read Killing Lincoln a few years prior, and while I liked it, I probably would not have read this based on that. But I thought my father would enjoy it and I bought it for him, and then he recommended it to me so I gave it a try. I'm glad I did!

Nov 17, 2015

Learned a ton since this happened before I was born, but this was told in a great way and it was entertaining and very enjoyable to read.

May 16, 2015

Complete waste of paper and a waste of your time. "Breach Of Trust" by Gerald McKnight is a real book. O'Reilly's junk is exploitive trash. Bill O'Reilly is a hack.

Feb 02, 2014

I thought this was a very good, informative book. Personally, I believed Oswald acted alone. He wanted to be known as a "Great man," he sure wasn't about to let someone else share the limelight. I learned things I didn't know or didn't pay attention to while I was in school. I was barely 3 when it happened, so I DON"T know what I was doing on that day. I'm interested in reading other books about JFK and his presidency, but no conspiracy theories for me. Oswald acted alone, and that's what I believe. If they retrieved the ammo used from poor Kennedy's body and could match it to Oswald's gun, providing ballistics was available then, especially for this type of gun, they'd have their answer. I also can't believe how poorly planned out that motorcade trip was, and the Secret Service Dallas detail man or men should have been promptly fired. The Dallas police chief should have been as well.

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Jun 07, 2014

I've been fascinated by the idea of Camelot and the Kennedy dynasty since I was young - precisely why I've avoided this book until now. Bill O'Reilly is nothing more than a pompous, over-inflated windbag who is in love with the sound of his own voice. Given how drastically different his political leanings are from Kennedy's, I thoroughly expected much maligning of Kennedy's private life, which while devastating to Jackie and their children - and even the adoring public who had no idea - had no bearing on his assassination. Surprisingly, there were far less references to the President's trysts than I figured there would be (though there were far more than necessary.)

Calling this book completely nonfiction however, as O'Reilly does in the 'sources' section, is a stretch. One of the greatest annoyances I find in any nonfiction work is when authors purport to put forth what someone is feeling or thinking - and it happens often in this text, particularly in regards to Jackie.

Presenting Oswald as a man who simply wants to be famous doesn't exactly jive with everything else I've ever read about him. I'm not a huge conspiracy theorist by any means, but I can not believe that someone like Lee Harvey Oswald, who failed at everything else in his life, could have suddenly succeeded in killing the most powerful man in the world - especially when footage from that day on the knoll clearly shows Kennedy being shot from the front, not behind, at least once.

All in all, it's a quick read and not terrible. But you won't learn anything new unless you have no idea who JFK is.


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