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Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot (2012)

by Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard

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Title:Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot
Authors:Bill O'Reilly
Other authors:Martin Dugard
Info:Henry Holt and Co. (2012), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 336 pages
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Killing Kennedy : The End of Camelot by Bill O'Reilly (2012)


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Adds nothing to knowledge about the events of the JFK administration and assassination. O'Reilly is overly find of irrelevant innuendo and gossip. ( )
  rglossne | Dec 31, 2013 |
Great book. Whatever you think of O'Reilly, read the book. If you don't want money to go to his pocket, order the book from his website, all profits go to charity. ( )
  AutumnTurner | Dec 29, 2013 |
A very readable account of the shocking assassination of John Kennedy and the culture-chaning aftermath.
  SABC | Nov 12, 2013 |
I liistened to this book on CD from the library - It relates details of Kennedy's life from his time that he was the captain of PT109 that sunk and the efforts he goes to to save his crew. It goes through the the failed Bay of Pigs as well as the Cuban Missile Crisis. It relates his womanizing with Marilyn Monroe as well as many other women and his relationship with his beautiful wife, Jackie. I grieve with Jackie as she loses their third child, Patrick and she drifts away out of the public eye to be alone. The death of Jack at the hand of gunman Lee Harvey Oswald at the motorcade in Dallas is graphic and heart stopping. A very compelling read. ( )
  berthacummins | Aug 30, 2013 |
Much has been written about both the life and death of President John F. Kennedy, some interesting and some not, some historically accurate and some not. This book qualifies as both fascinating and historically accurate and is definitely not “just another book about Kennedy”. If you only read one book about the life and death of Kennedy, it should be this one. You will be both entertained and learn something in a most painless manner.
JFK was initially hired to lead the U.S. because he was young, good looking, charismatic, and had the power and money of Joseph Kennedy Sr. backing him. It didn’t hurt that he had a beautiful wife by his side. It was enough to get him elected, but was it enough to lead the nation, to wisely make the tough decisions that every president must make? In the beginning, no, it wasn’t and Kennedy made his share of mistakes and bungles. However with time and difficult lessons learned, Kennedy grew into the position and became a true leader of men and nations, though he had serious flaws, both personally and professionally that would never be resolved. Would JFK have been re-elected in 1964 had he not been assassinated a year earlier? Almost certainly.
In the end, this book brings us back, those of us old enough to remember, to the shining days that were known as Camelot and just for a few hours we are transported to a world we loved, a world of heroes and of conquering exciting new frontiers – racial equality, space exploration, and new frontiers for global democracy.
This book also peels back some of the glitter of those days, the sexual liaisons, political jealousies and jockeying, lies and half-truths. But it doesn’t shatter the image … these men, particularly Kennedy, whom we so admired were not perfect, they weren’t saints, they were men. The comparison to Camelot put forth by Jackie K has, in the words of the authors, “… shaped how (her) husband’s presidency is remembered to this day.” Nonetheless, they are heroes and will always be in our eyes, as they forged their way into uncharted new territories of which the nation’s founders could never have even dreamed.
If this book brings to mind the lovely carousel ride that was the Kennedy’s Camelot, the afterword reminds us of the roller-coaster ride that was the aftermath of conspiracy theories, Vietnam, and the assassinations of Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King.
The book also treats us to a look into the life of Lee Harvey Oswald, the man whose destiny was to kill Kennedy and end the legacy of Camelot. Oswald did not hate Kennedy and really had no beef about the man, but Oswald believed that he was born to be a great man, to be known by all as a great man, and it is in this that his life was filled with bitter disappointment for he was the definition of a loser. In the end, his decision to kill the president boiled down to a simple equation: if his wife would take him back, he would put his plan aside, otherwise, with nothing left to lose, he would go down in history as “the man who killed President Kennedy”.
For those of us who have not extensively studied this era and the principals involved, there is much to be learned from this book. Those of us who are of a certain age certainly remember that there was much written about Kennedy’s womanizing, rumors of his communist leanings, the beginnings of our involvement in Vietnam and the struggle to win racial equality. But throughout this book are many tidbits that most of us probably didn’t know, for example the deviousness of FBI director J. Edgar Hoover and Martin Luther King’s excesses which were similar to Kennedy’s.
This is the second book written by the team of O’Reilly/Duggard … the first was Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination that Changed America Forever which I have not yet read, but certainly plan to now. I also hope to see more from these two accomplished writers. This is a book well worth the time spent reading it and one that you will remember for a long time. ( )
  dennisonjill | Jul 25, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0805096663, Hardcover)

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 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 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.

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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.… (more)

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