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Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot (2012)

by Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard

Series: Killing (2)

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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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Rating:*****
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Killing Kennedy : The End of Camelot by Bill O'Reilly (2012)

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O'Reilly successfully keeps with his straightforward tone and factual language to make the Killing Kennedy as great as his past and future books, if not better(however that is subjective).
I believe that this book may take precedence over other books by O'Reilly such as Killing Lincoln because of its recency. This recency allows readers to make more connections with Kennedy and his family. Emphasis on his family. Many do not know the turmoil that haunted the Kennedys. After the death of our president, the Kennedy family was in turmoil. The country was in turmoil. Grieving is hard enough for anyone, however when it is put on the national stage, it adds an indescribable quality that is hard to live with. Jackie Kennedy definitely felt this, as a single mother who was given little time to leaver her home, for the country and the world moved on. O'Reilly does a great job describing this chaos in the Kennedy family after our president's death.
It was a time of chaos for out country, and O'Reilly captured that and presented it to the best quality.
  TommyGodric | Jan 21, 2016 |
Reading soon after "Killing Lincoln", I found that I enjoyed this one much more. Perhaps it was because the events were a little more contemporary, even though they still happened before my birth. Maybe it was because the fascination with the Kennedy's remains pervasive in America. In any case, I breezed through quite easily.

However, small details were offputting to me, like Jackie Kennedy's suit worn in Dallas. It was not a Chanel suit, but a reproduction made by an American designer. I find that important, especially since she had worn the suit several times before, and had it made specifically in the US to please the public.

Another glossing over was the media's relationship to JFK. This was the last president to benefit from the respect of hte media in staying out of his private life. The media could have ruined the perfect vision of Camelot, if they had not been so enamored with JFK.

Lastly, the statement that the Vietnam War was "popular with voters". This is certainly the first time I have ever heard this notion, and I would need to see significant evidence to that end, as I can provide much proof that it was the opposite.

All-in-all, I would recommend, with the comment to take much of it with a grain of salt. ( )
  CarmenMilligan | Jan 18, 2016 |
Rating 3.25
O'Reilly cover's the last few weeks of Kennedy's life. He intertwines Kennedy and Oswald happenings and gives his newscaster feel to the story. He calls out Oswald as the lone hunter. He also discussed the complex relationship between Lyndon Johnson and Bobby Kennedy.

Overall O'Reilly does a good job covering the "known" facts and does not delve into the numerous conspiracies that have forever plagued the assassination. ( )
  JWarrenBenton | Jan 4, 2016 |
Rating 3.25
O'Reilly cover's the last few weeks of Kennedy's life. He intertwines Kennedy and Oswald happenings and gives his newscaster feel to the story. He calls out Oswald as the lone hunter. He also discussed the complex relationship between Lyndon Johnson and Bobby Kennedy.

Overall O'Reilly does a good job covering the "known" facts and does not delve into the numerous conspiracies that have forever plagued the assassination. ( )
  JWarrenBenton | Jan 4, 2016 |
Nothing to see here...move along. Really! This is a good basic history book about JFK and his assassination by Oswald--including lead up to the event. There were few impact statements except involvement in the VietNam conflict. It was well presented and is a good primer on the two individuals as well as others who touched the lives of both. O'Reilly skirts other theories of the crime, but does not go into either of them very deeply; I kept waiting for more, but it wasn't there. One parallel with recent events; Kennedy's Bay of Pigs decision mistakes were apparently repeated by Obama during recent years as Russia took the Crimea & Ukraine. Kennedy's recovery in the Cuban missile crisis has not been matched since. Bill O'Reilly, the author, is a right wing political pundit--the reader could see that in his writing. Maybe, I'll try another one of his books about a hero about which I know less and enjoy it more. ( )
  buffalogr | Nov 16, 2015 |
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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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