Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot [NOOK Book]

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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 anchor of The O'Reilly Factor recounts in gripping detail the brutal murder of John Fitzgerald ...

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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 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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Cable show superstar Bill O'Reilly and historian Martin Dugard already have written a bestselling history of the political murder of Abraham Lincoln; now they aim their sights on the other most famous presidential assassination in American history. The 1963 killing of John F. Kennedy in the autumn of his first term startled the world, but also spawned a plethora of conspiracy theories. Killing Kennedy explores the Cold War atmosphere of the times and probes the depth of hatred focused on JFK by the CIA, organized crime, and foreign leaders. Sensational; guaranteed to re-stir controversy.

The New York Times
…punchy…blunt and clear…Mr. O'Reilly and Mr. Dugard, like Stephen King in his alternative-history novel 11/22/63, succeed in investing a familiar national tragedy with fresh anguish.
—Janet Maslin
From the Publisher
"Immersively written . . .  Mr. O’Reilly and Mr. Dugard succeed in investing a familiar national tragedy with fresh anguish. . . A powerful historical précis." —Janet Maslin, The New York Times

"All the suspense and drama of a popular thriller."—Husna Haq, The Christian Science Monitor

Library Journal
O'Reilly, who presides over the highest-rated cable news show in the country, had a best seller with Killing Lincoln. Here, joined by best-selling author Dugard, he moves forward a century to recount events leading up to the assassination of John F. Kennedy.
Kirkus Reviews
O'Reilly and Dugard (Killing Lincoln, 2011) team up again with a comprehensive account of the John F. Kennedy administration and its untimely end. As with their previous work, this is quick, gossipy and sure to please Kennedy buffs, but the newsroom attitude toward the story will leave academics wanting. That is not to say the authors' facts are anything but accurate, and the journalistic style of writing makes it easy reading. The wealth of material available for a work like this, including primary and secondary sources, requires careful selection to avoid a massively overbearing work. The authors cover the events of the three short years of the administration from the president's dalliances to the Bay of Pigs, the Cuban missile crisis and the star power of the family. It's a noteworthy picture of Kennedy's transformation into a world leader and the outside influences that were used and discarded. O'Reilly and Dugard also expose Kennedy as a man who avoided unpleasant confrontations, using his brother to deal with contentious issues and express opinions that countered the general consensus of the cabinet. By paralleling the period with loner Lee Harvey Oswald's desperate attempts at recognition and his fixation on communism, it's easy to see how the assassin slipped under the radar. Of course, the book drives on to that fateful day in November 1963, but the constant reminders of the few years, months or hours Kennedy had left to live are tedious in the extreme. We all know how it ends. A quick-fire, easy-to-read account of the Kennedy years, with some salacious details to spice it up.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805096675
  • Publisher: Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/2/2012
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 5,997
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Bill O'Reilly

Bill O'Reilly is the anchor of The O'Reilly Factor, the highest-rated cable news show in the country. He also writes a syndicated newspaper column and is the author of several number-one bestselling books.

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 has been adapted into a History Channel special. He lives in Southern California with his wife and three sons.

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Chapter 24

NOVEMBER 22, 1963
TEXAS SCHOOL BOOK DEPOSITORY, DALLAS
9:45 A.M.

Crowds of eager Dallas residents stand on the curb in front of the Texas School Book Depository. The president won’t pass by for three hours, but they’ve come early to get a good spot. Best of all, it looks like the sun might come out. Maybe they’ll get a glimpse of John F. Kennedy and Jackie after all.

Lee Harvey Oswald peers out a first-floor window of the depository building, assessing the president’s route by where the crowds stand. He can clearly see the corner of Elm and Houston, where John Kennedy’s limousine will make a slow left turn. This is important to Oswald. He’s selected a spot on the depository’s sixth floor as his sniper’s roost. The floor is dimly lit by bare 60-watt lightbulbs and is currently under renovation, and thus empty. Stacks of book boxes near the window overlooking Elm and Houston will form a natural hiding place, allowing Oswald to poke his rifle outside and sight the motorcade as it makes that deliberate turn. The marksman in Lee Harvey Oswald knows that he’ll have time for two shots, maybe even three if he works the bolt quickly enough.

But one should be all he needs.

■ ■ ■

Air Force One crabs into the wind as Colonel Jim Swindal eases her down onto the runway at Dallas’s Love Field. John Kennedy is ecstatic. Peering out the windows of his airplane, he sees that the weather has turned sunny and warm and that yet another large Texas crowd is waiting to greet him. “This trip is turning out to be terrific,” he happily confides to Kenny O’Donnell. “Here we are in Dallas and it looks like everything in Texas will turn out to be fine for us!”

Police cars circle the field, and officers are even stationed on rooftops. But these are the only ominous sights at the airport. For the estimated welcoming party of two thousand are overjoyed to see Air Force One touch down, marking the first time a president has visited Dallas since 1948. Grown men stand on their tiptoes to see over the throngs in front of them. Airport personnel leave their desks inside the terminal and jostle into position near the chain-link fence separating the runway from the parking lot. The U.S. Air Force C-130 carrying the president’s armored limousine lands and opens its cargo ramp. The bubble top remains on board the plane. The convertible top is completely down. A local television newsman, who is covering the spectacle live on air, enthusiastically reports that the bubble top is nowhere in evidence and that people will be able to see the president and First Lady “in the flesh.” The reporter also reminds his audience that the president will be returning to Love Field between “2:15 and 2:30” to depart for Austin.

Lyndon Johnson and his wife, Lady Bird, await the president on the tarmac, as they have on every leg of the Texas trip. The vice president’s job is to stand at the bottom of the ramp and greet the president. Johnson is not happy about this assignment, but he puts on a good face as Jackie emerges from the rear door of the plane, radiant in the pink Chanel suit with the matching pillbox hat. Two steps behind, and seen in person for the first time by the people of Dallas, comes John Kennedy.

“I can see his suntan from here!” the local TV reporter gushes.

The official plan is for JFK to head straight for his limousine to join the motorcade, but instead he breaks off and heads into the crowd. Not content with merely shaking a few hands, the president pushes deep into the throng, dragging Jackie along with him. The two of them remain surrounded by this wall of people for more than a full minute, much to the crowd’s delight. Then the president and First Lady reemerge, only to wade deep into another section of crowd.

“Boy, this is something,” enthuses the local reporter. “This is a bonus for the people who have waited here!”

The president and First Lady shake hands for what seems like an eternity to their very nervous Secret Service detail. “Kennedy is showing he is not afraid,” Ronnie Dugger of the Texas Observer writes in his notebook.

Finally, John and Jackie Kennedy make their way to the presidential limousine. Awaiting them are Governor John Connally and his wife, Nellie. There are three rows of seats in the vehicle. Up front is the driver, fifty-four-year-old Bill Greer. To his right sits Roy Kellerman, like Greer, a longtime Secret Service agent. Special Agent Kellerman has served on the White House detail since the early days of World War II and has protected presidents Roosevelt, Truman, Eisenhower, and now Kennedy.

JFK sits in the backseat, on the right-hand side, patting his hair into place after his foray into the crowd. Jackie sits to his left. The First Lady was handed a bouquet of red roses upon landing in Dallas, and these now rest on the seat between her and the president.

Governor Connally sits directly in front of the president, in the middle row, known as jump seats. Connally takes off his ten-gallon hat so that the crowds can see him. Nellie sits in front of Jackie and right behind the driver, Special Agent Greer.

As the motorcade leaves Love Field at 11:55 a.m., the presidential limousine—Secret Service code name SS-100-X—is the second car in line, flanked on either side by four motorcycle escorts.

Up front is an advance car filled with local police and Secret Service, among them Dallas police chief Jesse Curry and Secret Service special agent Winston Lawson.

Behind John Kennedy’s vehicle is a follow-up convertible code-named Halfback. Kennedy’s two main members of the Irish Mafia, Dave Powers and Kenny O’Donnell, sit here, surrounded by Secret Service agents heavily armed with handguns and automatic weapons. Clint Hill, head of the First Lady’s Secret Service detail, stands on the left running board of Halfback. Special agents Bill McIntyre, John Ready, and Paul Landis also man the running boards.

Car four is a convertible limousine that has been rented locally for the vice president. Even as the vehicles pull away from Love Field, it is obvious that LBJ is angry and pouting. While every other politician in the motorcade is waving to the crowds, he stares straight forward, unsmiling.

Bringing up the rear is car five, code-named Varsity and filled with a Texas state policeman and four Secret Service agents.

Way up at the front of the motorcade, driving several car lengths in front of SS-100-X, Dallas police chief Jesse Curry is committed to making the president’s visit as incident-free as possible. The fifty-year-old chief is a lifetime law enforcement officer. In addition to working his way up through the ranks of the Dallas police, he has augmented his knowledge by attending the FBI Academy. Curry has been involved in almost every aspect of the planning for John Kennedy’s visit and is dedicating 350 men—a full third of his force—to lining the motorcade route, handling security for the president’s airport arrival, and policing the crowd at the Trade Mart speech.

However, Curry has chosen not to position any men in the vicinity of Dealey Plaza, thinking that the main crowd-control issues will take place prior to that destination. Once the motorcade turns from Houston Street and onto Elm, it goes under an overpass, turns right onto Stemmons Freeway, and through a relatively uncrowded area to the Trade Mart. Better to focus his officers on the busiest thoroughfares along the route, rather than waste them in a place where few people will be standing.

Curry has also ordered his men to face toward the street, rather than toward the crowd, thinking it wouldn’t hurt for them to see the man they’re protecting as a reward for the many long hours they will be on their feet. This ignores the example of New York City, where policemen stand facing away from the street, so they can better help the Secret Service protect the president by scanning the city’s many windows for signs of a sniper’s rifle.

But it doesn’t matter during the motorcade’s first easy miles. There is so little to do and so few people to see that a bored Jackie puts on her sunglasses and begins waving at billboards for fun. The white-collar workers along Lemmon Avenue are few in number and unexcited. They’d rather enjoy their lunch break from the IBM factory.

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At the exact same moment, it’s also lunchtime at the Texas School Book Depository. Most of Lee Harvey Oswald’s coworkers have left the building, hoping to get a glimpse of the president.

Just down the block, FBI special agent James Hosty has forgotten all about investigating Lee Harvey Oswald and is just trying to make sure he gets a look at his hero, President Kennedy.

Lee Harvey Oswald didn’t bring a lunch to work today. And he doesn’t plan on eating. Instead, he moves a pile of boxes into position on the grimy sixth floor of the depository building, fashioning a well-concealed shooting nest.

At 12:24 p.m., nearly thirty minutes into the motorcade, the president’s car passes Special Agent James Hosty on the corner of Main Street and Field. The G-man gets his wish and sees Kennedy in the flesh, before spinning back around and walking into the Alamo Grill for lunch.

At 12:28 the motorcade enters a seedy downtown neighborhood. Straight ahead, the beautiful green grass of Dealey Plaza is clearly visible. The Secret Service agents are stunned by the reception the president is now receiving, with people everywhere cheering and applauding.

At 12:29 the motorcade makes the crucial sharp right-hand turn onto Houston Street. From high above, in his sixth-floor sniper’s lair, Lee Harvey Oswald sees John F. Kennedy in person for the first time. He quickly sights the Mannlicher-Carcano, taking aim through his scope as the motorcade skirts the edge of Dealey Plaza.

The crowds here are still large and enthusiastic, despite Chief Curry’s prediction that they would have thinned by this point. The people shout for Jackie and the president to look their way. As per agreement, JFK waves at the people standing in front of buildings on the right side of the road, while Jackie waves at those standing along grassy Dealey Plaza, to their left. This ensures that no voter goes without a wave.

The motorcade is just five minutes away from the Trade Mart, where Kennedy will make his speech. Almost there.

Inside the presidential limousine, Nellie Connally stops waving long enough to look over her right shoulder and smile at John Kennedy. “You sure can’t say that Dallas doesn’t love you, Mr. President.”

Ironically, at that very moment, if JFK had looked up to the sixth floor of the Texas School Book Depository, he would have seen a rifle barrel sticking out of an open window, pointed directly at his head.

But Kennedy doesn’t look up.

Nor does the Secret Service.

It is 12:30 p.m. The time has come for Special Agent Bill Greer to steer SS-100-X through the sweeping 120-degree left turn from Houston and onto Elm.

■ ■ ■

Most people live their lives as if the end were always years away. They measure their days in love, laughter, accomplishment, and loss. There are moments of sunshine and storm. There are schedules, phone calls, careers, anxieties, joys, exotic trips, favorite foods, romance, shame, and hunger. A person can be defined by clothing, the smell of his breath, the way she combs her hair, the shape of his torso, or even the company she keeps.

All over the world, children love their parents and yearn for love in return. They revel in the touch of parental hands on their faces. And even on the worst of days, each person has dreams about the future—dreams that sometimes come true.

Such is life.

Yet life can end in less time than it takes to draw one breath.


Copyright © 2012 by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard

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  • Posted October 9, 2012

    Disappointment

    I really liked their previous book Killing Lincoln and was eager to read this one but was very disappointed in it. They make lots of connections between Kennedy and the mafia but then totally fail to make the many provable connections between Oswald and the mafia. I was also blown away by their buying into Jack Ruby's grief over the loss of the president and his being a "patriot" being his reason for killing Oswald. PLEASE! Ruby was clearly a mob owned, fouled mouth, strip club owner who's only reason for killing Oswald could have been he couldn't tell his mafia bosses no. Poorly researched, not footnoted, over-sensationalized the sex life of the president at the expense of presenting plausible reasons for the assassination. We will never know for an absolute certainty the reasons behind JFK's assassination because the people and hard evidence that could have clarified the situation are long since dead or missing BUT they could have made the effort to explore and present those reasons in this book but alas did not bother. I care a lot less about how many women the president had sex with than the possibly that some people got away with plotting the murder of the president of the United States. Find another book to read - I do recommend Killing Lincoln by the same authors - this one is a waste of your time & money.

    120 out of 158 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 17, 2012

    What a Disgrace!

    First, a note on my personal experience with Mr. O’Reilly. I used to watch his show from time to time. I liked his calm demeanor, and the way he made sense to me. But this one time he went to a commercial break and, completely out of the blue because he had been talking about something else, he made the comment, “And remember, September 11th happened on Bill Clinton’s watch.” “What?!!,” I exclaimed out loud, “no, it didn’t!” While I don’t feel any president should be blamed for the terrorist attacks of 9/11/01, it happened while George W. Bush was president, as pretty much everybody born before 1997 can remember. After realizing that Mr. O’Reilly would tell an outright lie because of his political bias, I stopped watching his show. Although I haven’t read it, I’ve heard that the authors’ “Killing Lincoln” was a very good history book. So, despite my feelings about Mr. O’Reilly’s show, I expected “Killing Kennedy” would also be a very good history book. In addition, I was very curious about who or whom the authors thought was/were the assassin(s). After reading a bit, I began to come across inconsistencies. For instance, on page 14 it is said that Lee Harvey Oswald in the Soviet Union barely understood his coworkers, but on page 39, his future wife, Marina, a Russian woman, talks to him constantly. On page 33 it is said that JFK had the unusual daily habit of swimming nude in an indoor pool between the White House and the West Wing, but on page 84 it is said that JFK’s physical activity is limited to walking, sailing, golf, and, above all, sex (and with whomever). Swimming isn’t a physical activity? On page 76 it is said that the FBI had been tracking JFK’s liaisons since the late 1940s because he was seeing a woman thought to be a spy for Nazi Germany. This statement seems to prove that JFK cared more about his extra-marital affairs than national security as he appeared to be, literally, sleeping with the enemy, but in the late 1940s Nazi Germany didn’t exist anymore as WWII ended in 1945. I gave up on the book that’s over 300 pages after reading only 88 pages. I didn’t care anymore who the authors thought committed the assassination, but I’ve read other reviews that after insinuating that a conspiracy was a real possibility just in the pages that I read, their relatively short conclusion was that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone. A good history book is unbiased. I expected to find this to be such a book, especially after reading that Mr. O’Reilly was dedicating the book to Kennedys that are his ancestors, and how revered JFK was to some members of his family. Instead, Mr. O’Reilly (and I wonder to what extent Mr. Dugard) clearly showed to me that they had an agenda to prove that JFK was a disgrace to the US presidency, his Catholic faith, and his family, and that he should never have been elected president. Every opportunity is taken to try to prove JFK’s unworthiness as a president. Don’t get me wrong, JFK is NOT someone I revere (because of his infidelities), but these authors give me a revolting feeling that JFK deserved to be assassinated, and that America was better off because he was. What I find a disgrace is that this biased rant is classified as a history book. I can’t wait to return this piece of…garbage and get my money back.

    108 out of 228 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2012

    RIVETING!

    Yes, I remember where I was on Nov. 22, 1963 when we learned the terrible news. I was 10 and not sure what it all meant. Perhaps for those of us who still remember and wonder, the tragedy is still a mystery. O'Reilly and Dugard have done a superb job of telling the whole story as far as anyone can. Using every possible iota of information from all manner of sources, they have brought everything together into one chronological history. I loved the book. I learned a lot more of the history of just the time JFK was president and what he and the US faced. Highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to know how our country lost its 1950's innocence and began the path to apathy and cynicism (sp?).

    89 out of 117 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2012

    Be aware of bias

    As some one who is in the historical field I feel i should point out that the author is a journalist not a historian and one with a clear bias.

    78 out of 135 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2012

    I Also Recommend:

    Not history

    A book for history not written by an historian, enough said.

    68 out of 143 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2012

    Thumbs Down--zero bannas with this one!

    Don't even bother.

    57 out of 165 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 2, 2012

    Missing pages

    Missing pages on e book

    55 out of 97 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2012

    Profoundly Bad

    Very disappointed in the absence of anything new to add -- if not for love, this must have been made for another reason altogether

    42 out of 96 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2012

    Good Book

    I enjoyed the history. Because I was really young in the early sixties I don't remember the"Bay of Pigs" or the Cuban Missile crisis. This was written in such a way as to make me see how it affected people at the time...not just dry facts. Reading what Jackie went through was heart wrenching. I liked that the history isn't colored or filled in with opinions and conjecture and is still a good story. I also enjoyed the Lincoln book very much. Keep 'em comin'.

    37 out of 58 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2012

    Liar liar

    Billy making up history just like he makes up news.

    35 out of 107 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 6, 2012

    It occurs to me that many of us know very little about the Linco

    It occurs to me that many of us know very little about the Lincoln assassination, not having lived through it. Is it possible that Killing Lincoln is no more historically accurate than Killing Kennedy and we just don't know that?

    31 out of 63 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2012

    One book cannot fully develop and deliver the entirety of someth

    One book cannot fully develop and deliver the entirety of something as complicated as the assasination of President Kennedy. Read on my friends. Read various other subjects from the same era -- i.e. The Best and the Brightest by Halberstam (1972) and recently, JFK and the Unspeakable by Douglass (2010). Do a little comparable research. What was the mood of the era? Who were the players (on the field and off)? Mr. OReilley is trying to sell a book - just as he is trying to sell you the news. Read it but if it's unreferenced, it's just entertainment.

    27 out of 46 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2012

    Excellent

    O'reilly has a knack for making history interesting and relevant. He is very fair in the way he describes Kennedy's weaknesses and his evolution into a world leader.

    26 out of 48 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2012

    Facsinating Fasciating Fasciating Fascinating hih Fascinating

    Great read fair at times touching

    22 out of 54 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2012

    Loved it!

    Bought and read it the same day.

    21 out of 50 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2012

    For shame

    The only reason this man is published is because of his tv cult following. This book is so much more heavily biased commentary than historical fact it may as well be called a novel.

    Btw I love Fox News, it's a great comedy channel :)

    20 out of 57 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2012

    Titillating , but not factual! Also lots of discrepancies and ch

    Titillating , but not factual! Also lots of discrepancies and chronologically out of order.

    17 out of 25 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 10, 2013

    My initial reading enthusiasm soon turned to ennui. As a former

    My initial reading enthusiasm soon turned to ennui. As a former assistant district attorney under Jim Garrison during the time in question, I expected to learn something new. I leaned nothing whatever, new or old.

    The first 234 pages of this tome are circumlocutory drivel more appropriate to Entertainment Tonight or People Magazine. In those pages (76 per cent of the book), we learn in detail the fashions of the first family in wine, Jackie’s taste in swimsuits, and JFK’s allergy to dog hair – but hardly one word relevant to the assassination itself.

    Did the CIA, FBI and Secret Service “assist” O’Reilly’s ghostwriter in penning this pusillanimous pap? I’m truly disappointed that the only pages that directly discuss the killing – the last 75 – spout the official line that Oswald was the lone killer.

    Evidence to the contrary is overwhelming. I worked for my friend, District Attorney Jim Garrison, for much of the relevant time. Though my forté was prosecuting burglars and robbers, not working directly on the assassination, still I know quite a bit. And I sat in on the trial of Clay Shaw.

    I commend Garrison’s book, On the Trail of the Assassins (New York: Sheridan Square Press, 1988. ISBN-13: 9781620872994). Unlike O’Reilly’s, his book comprises 342 pages of pure meat – substance singularly in short supply in O’Reilly’s screed that seems more fascinated with the fortunes of the rich and famous than with finding the real killers.

    16 out of 25 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2012

    Killing Kennedy is a no spin, no fluff, quick read!

    Martin and Bill do it again! Straight factual account of the scarest time of my parents life time. This book was written for those who want to make their own conclusions from pithy details from Bill O'Reilly's own notes. It is unusal to have a fun surprise at the books end!

    15 out of 28 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 26, 2012

    There is a lot more in this telling of JFK's life and death than

    There is a lot more in this telling of JFK's life and death than most people would either remember ("I remember where I was when the ...") or could understand about this young, powerful president. The authors do a tremendous job of making the story personable to the reader and leave an impact about this amazing part of American history. It has the information that titntillates but also informs a reader, a story that keeps the reader turning the pages for the next scene and even though the climax has been kown for decades still leaves the reader slightly breathless and rewarded for completing this book.

    15 out of 27 people found this review helpful.

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