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Killing Kennedy

The End of Camelot
O'Reilly, Bill (Book - 2012 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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Killing Kennedy chronicles both the heroism and the deceit of Camelot. The events leading up to the most notorious crime of the twentieth century are almost as shocking as the assassination itself. 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. When his brother, Attorney General Robert Kennedy, cracks down on organized crime, the list of those who have it in for the President grows. Then, in the midst of a 1963 campaign trip to Texas, Kennedy is gunned down, and the nation begins its slide into the cataclysmic division of the Vietnam War and its culture-changing aftermath.--From publisher description.
Authors: O'Reilly, Bill
Title: Killing Kennedy
the end of Camelot
Publisher: New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2012
Edition: First edition
Characteristics: 325 pages :,illustrations, maps, portraits, facsimiles ;,25 cm
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Contents: Cheating death
The curtain descends
Evil wins
Summary: Killing Kennedy chronicles both the heroism and the deceit of Camelot. The events leading up to the most notorious crime of the twentieth century are almost as shocking as the assassination itself. 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. When his brother, Attorney General Robert Kennedy, cracks down on organized crime, the list of those who have it in for the President grows. Then, in the midst of a 1963 campaign trip to Texas, Kennedy is gunned down, and the nation begins its slide into the cataclysmic division of the Vietnam War and its culture-changing aftermath.--From publisher description.
Additional Contributors: Dugard, Martin
ISBN: 0805096663
9780805096668
Statement of Responsibility: Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (p. [305]-311) and index
Subject Headings: United States Politics and government 1961-1963 Kennedy, John F. (John Fitzgerald), 1917-1963 Assassination
LCCN: 2012026143
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Feb 02, 2014
  • Gammaof2 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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.

Jul 19, 2013
  • doxiemama rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Such an interesting book. The way the details are laid out - events that I had learned about through history class actually made sense! This book helped me better understand how and why certain decisions were made and helped me understand connections between individuals and events. I enjoyed it.

Jun 14, 2013
  • mratzel rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I wanted to read this to see what right-winger O'Reilly had to say. I actually thought it was pretty fair and there was information that I never knew before.

The writing was easy to read and it was a fast book.

Mar 02, 2013
  • HopeButterfly rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Found it interesting. Glad I read it.

Feb 11, 2013
  • StarGladiator rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

Extreme negative rating --- should not be suggested reading material. . .EVER! For the full and true story on the factual history surrounding the JFK assassination, please refer to the following outstanding books: (1) "Battling Wall Street: the Kennedy Presidency" by Donald Gibson /// (2) "Brothers" by David Talbot /// (3) "JFK and the Unspeakable" by James Douglass /// (4) "A Terrible Mistake" by H. P. Albarelli /// (5) "Family of Secrets" by Russ Baker /// (6) "Mary's Mosaic" by Peter Janney /// (7) "The Kennedy Assassination Cover-up" by Donald Gibson /// (8) "Conspiracy Theory in America" by Lance deHaven-Smith /// (9) "Thy Will Be Done" by Gerard Colby with Charlotte Dennett /// (10) and Michael Parenti's remarkable book on the assassination of Julius Ceasar.

Jan 03, 2013
  • anon_reader rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

What complete trash this book is. All that Bill O'Reilly has done is strung together every misstatement of fact, rumor, innuendo, snide comment and unsubstantiated story about JFK and called it a "history". If you want to read about the Kennedy presidency and truly understand the history of the early 1960s then there are many, many far better books that you can read. I had never heard of Bill O'Reilly before reading this book, but the tone of the book reminds me of one of those trashy "documentaries" that you see on Fox News. So it comes as no surprise that I find that, yes indeed, Bill O'Reilly it the host of a program on Fox.

I was left wondering what the point of this book was. It struck me as a straightforward retelling of well-known events, with no context or insight added. Pretty much a waste of time.

"Killing Lincoln" of one year ago (2011) was somewhat timely. "Killing Kennedy" tries to capitalize on another assassination of a popular president by an unqualified author who uses the talents of another writer/historian to market his books. When that unqualified author's name appears larger than the title of the book, beware! A sophomoric effort that does nothing to inform on the assassination of Kennedy nor offer any insight. A travesty.

Nov 05, 2012
  • fairboy rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

More or less a primer on JFK's life with little on the assassination.

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Jun 19, 2014
  • ndininger rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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Jun 07, 2014
  • sarahbear8301 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

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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