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4.4 out of 54.4 out of 54.4 out of 54.4 out of 54.4 out of 5 4.40 (10 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Bill O’Reilly, Martin Dugard Narrator: Bill O’Reilly, Martin Dugard Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2012 ISBN: 9781427227089
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We all know the story of how President John F. Kennedy was gunned down during a parade in Dallas, Texas, in November of 1963. We also know that former military sharpshooter Lee Harvey Oswald was arrested for the murder soon after, but killed by Jack Ruby before he could stand trial. Many of us, however, are intrigued by the various conspiracy theories surrounding the assassination of Kennedy. Bill O'Reilly offers his take in Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot.

Killing Kennedy touches on more than just the events surrounding the assassination of one of the country's most beloved presidents. It delves into Kennedy's adult life, beginning with his WWII career. It also covers his personal life, his seemingly insatiable sex drive and his personal battle with Addison's Disease.

The book's intentions really come into focus when it reaches 1961, with Kennedy's inauguration and the escalation of the Cold War. Kennedy's actions as president quickly make him several enemies in various parts of the globe, including Nikita Khrushchev in the Soviet Union, Fidel Castro in Cuba, and CIA director Alan Dulles in the United States. The book also touches on organized crime, and how he and his brother Attorney General Robert Kennedy may have been targeted by the mob as well. Readers are left to draw their own conclusions about the involvement of these enemies in his assassination, if any.

O'Reilly is best known as the host of The O'Reilly Factor on the Fox News Channel. His political commentary is also showcased in ten books, including Killing Lincoln and Killing Kennedy. In addition, his weekly newspaper column is syndicated in newspapers across the country, including the New York Post and the Chicago Sun-Times. His co-author, Martin Dugard, is a well known non-fiction writer and biographer. He worked with O'Reilly on both Killing Lincoln and Killing Kennedy.

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 people have enjoyed 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 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 listener. This may well be the most talked about book of the year.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The author weaves a coherent and intriguing narrative that is enlivened in this audio edition. While O'Reilly's work on television might have prepared him for narration, the conservative commentator will surprise some listeners with the quality of his performance. His deep, powerful voice, timing, emphasis, and tone create tangible tension throughout…O'Reilly's narration proves a great boon to this historical account, which will thoroughly engage listeners. Publishers Weekly

  • O’Reilly’s narration is crisp and clear, even with his intense, rapid-fire delivery. AudioFile Magazine

  • A #1 New York Times Bestseller
  • A #1 Publishers Weekly Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • Audie Award Finalist
  • Among shortlisted titles for Audie Audiobook of the Year Finalist, 2013

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tennis John | 7/25/2017

    " I very much enjoyed the audio version of Killing Kennedy, narrated by Bill O'Reilly. I know O'Reilly from Fox News, but I never watched more than a few minutes of his show, and I held no opinion about him one way or the other . . . prior to hearing this audiobook. O'Reilly is a WONDERFUL narrator and story-teller, articulate, funny (at times), informative, and always entertaining. His words are clear and his emphasis on words, phrases, and concepts guides the listener into remembering the important points. How he knows the detail that he knows (if indeed all he says is true!) is puzzling to me; the way he tells it, it seems that he was there when JFK saved PT 109, when he romanced women in the White House while Jackie was away, and when he road in the Lincoln for the last and final time. O'Reilly narrates with assurance, and I tend to believe everything he says, down to the details which he seems to know, adding realism to what otherwise may sound like a fiction for a Hollywood movie. O'Reilly has the heart of a teacher, and I understand he once taught high school – they were lucky kids!

    As for the subject matter – the Kennedy assassination -- am riveted by all books, newsreels, newspaper columns, and other snippets of information that describe the whole affair, what happened, why it happened, and who was behind it. I was about 10 years old in 1963, and the assassination of JFK hurt me deeply, and continues to do so today (but, I have tried my best to get over it, and move ahead with my life!). Kennedy assassination gurus should not miss "Killing Kennedy" due its detail, believability, and lack of emphasis on conspiracies and conspirators. There are two central issues relevant to the JFK assassination: who pulled the trigger(s); and who arranged for that person or people to pull those triggers. In this book, O'Reilly clearly states that Lee Harvey Oswald was the trigger man, and no other possible trigger man or woman was even mentioned! Only near the end of this novel were the general concerns about possible conspiracy raised, only as an after-thought to the killing and known and accepted events. O'Reilly mentions the conspirators mentioned (or in some cases, promoted) by other JFK assassination books: Castro, the Mafia, the CIA, and Lyndon Johnson. O'Reilly pretty much seems neutral about all of this, and does not get into the evidence or lack of same, that any of these alleged conspirators had anything to do with the killing of Kennedy. Maybe they did, and maybe they did not, if we are to believe that Oswald was simply a man capable of shooting and killing, and that he wanted to kill someone important and famous, so that he could become equally famous and hold a firm and ever-lasting place in history . . . and he has done so, he got his wish! I am still unsure about whether there was a conspiracy, but taking O'Reilly's books and alleged facts at face value, it could be that Oswald acted alone, and the killing happened in a one-of-a-thousand chances that several other tumblers of life fell into place: his wife would not reconcile with him, the Dallas police did not do a good job in making the motorcade safe; the newspapers published the President's route, the Lincoln was incapable of accelerating quickly; JFK wore a back brace that kept his body erect and allowed the fatal shot to hit him . . .etc, etc., a "perfect storm," you might say. Had any of these things not occurred, maybe Kennedy would have been shot only once, or maybe not been shot at all. And this is why the conspiracy idea is so popular and to many, believable . . . how could this killing have happened with so many things having to "right" for it to occur? It doesn't happen often, but maybe it happened this time, just the way O'Reilly said it did.

    My next audio book will be "Killing Lincoln."

    Thanks for reading! "

  • 0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 Chris | 4/21/2016

    " I remember this day well and this brought it all back with details I never knew. A great book and, as always, historically correct. If you haven't listened to this one, you need to. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Evan H. | 11/9/2012

    " A unique insight into the life of JFK that begins with his days as a WW2 naval officer and spans through his life up until that terrible day in Dallas. Sobering, insightful and a thoroughly enjoyable audio book. If you have even just a passing interest in the life of JFK you'll definitely enjoy this book as much as I did. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ron Martin | 11/4/2012

    " I liked this book quite a bit. I felt that it provided a unique insider's view into the life of John F. Kennedy for me. It had a few slow spots but that's to be expected with any biographical account. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 A.T.67 | 10/28/2012

    " I really enjoyed this audiobook and felt that that I came away from it with fresh insights into this most notable of presidents. It was quite educational and I recommend it very highly with no reservations. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marie M. | 10/22/2012

    " I really enjoyed Killing Lincoln so I was looking forward to this book. Unfortunately it was a big disappointment. It offers no new insights or anything else that I hadn't already learned elsewhere. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kevin J. | 10/9/2012

    " Objectively speaking this was an interesting read but with all due respect to Bill O'Reilly there's really nothing new here. If this is your first book on the subject it's great but if you're already up to speed on the subject take a pass (unless you just really enjoy Bill's voice). "

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About the Author
Author Bill O’Reilly

Bill O’Reilly has presided over FOX News Channel’s The O’Reilly Factor—the highest-rated news program on cable—for more than thirteen years and has won three Emmy Awards. Prior to that, he served as a national correspondent for ABC News and as an anchor of the nationally syndicated news magazine program Inside Edition. He is the author of numerous megabestsellers, including A Bold Fresh Piece of Humanity, a deeply personal memoir that has sold more than one million copies.

About the Narrator

Martin Dugard is the New York Times bestselling author of several books of history. His book Into Africa: The Epic Adventures of Stanley and Livingstone was adapted into a History Channel special. He lives in southern California with his wife and sons.