Killing Reagan: The Violent Assault That Changed a Presidency

Killing Reagan: The Violent Assault That Changed a Presidency

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by Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
     
 

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From the bestselling team of Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard comes Killing Reagan, a page-turning epic account of the career of President Ronald Reagan that tells the vivid story of his rise to power -- and the forces of evil that conspired to bring him down.

Just two months into his presidency, Ronald Reagan lay near death after a gunman's bullet came

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From the bestselling team of Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard comes Killing Reagan, a page-turning epic account of the career of President Ronald Reagan that tells the vivid story of his rise to power -- and the forces of evil that conspired to bring him down.

Just two months into his presidency, Ronald Reagan lay near death after a gunman's bullet came within inches of his heart. His recovery was nothing short of remarkable -- or so it seemed. But Reagan was grievously injured, forcing him to encounter a challenge that few men ever face. Could he silently overcome his traumatic experience while at the same time carrying out the duties of the most powerful man in the world?

Told in the same riveting fashion as Killing Lincoln, Killing Kennedy, Killing Jesus, and Killing Patton, Killing Reagan reaches back to the golden days of Hollywood, where Reagan found both fame and heartbreak, up through the years in the California governor's mansion, and finally to the White House, where he presided over boom years and the fall of the Iron Curtain. But it was John Hinckley Jr.'s attack on him that precipitated President Reagan's most heroic actions. In Killing Reagan, O'Reilly and Dugard take readers behind the scenes, creating an unforgettable portrait of a great man operating in violent times.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781627792417
Publisher:
Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
09/22/2015
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
932
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

Bill O'Reilly is the anchor of The O'Reilly Factor, the highest-rated cable news show in the country. He is the author of many number-one bestselling books, including Killing Lincoln, Killing Kennedy, Killing Jesus, and Killing Patton.

Martin Dugard is the New York Times bestselling author of several books of history. He and his wife live in Southern California with their three sons.

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Killing Reagan: The Violent Assault That Changed a Presidency 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 78 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Powerfully written-grabs the reader' s attention from the onset. This is the story behind the scenes that show the true effect an attempted assigination can have on a man, an office and a leader.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One must wonder if Bill had an axe to grind with President Reagan. I found the descriptions of his personal failings much greater in quantity than in previous Killing books, As an 18 year old whose exposure to Presidents was limited to the paranoid Nixon and inept Carter, President Reagan made me believe I could achieveve greatness if I so chose. That was quite a contrast from President Carters belief that Americas best days were behind us. As I watched President Reagans first inaugural, in my fraternity at the Univ. of Florida, I committed to owning my own business someday. 14 years later I did and still do today. The man inspired and provided hope. I owe him a debt of gratitude. I wish Bill had focused more on his great gift to inspire and bring out the best in his fellow man. He may have been a delegator, which most successful executives are, but Ronald Reagan, himself, brought down the Soviet Union through his unwavering commitment to freedom and sheer force of will. Ronald Reagan truly let freedom ring in America. Jeffrey Clarke - Tampa, FL
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This account of Reagan's life does not hold back. The highlights and lowlights are all there. At no time does the pace of the book drag. Extremely rich in content and history. I have many books about Reagan and this is by far the best of the bunch.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm thinking you pinheads that gave the book one star didn't even read the book or may even don't know how to read. I think the book should be given 4 stars, but I'm rating it 5 stars to offset the pinhead factor.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've read all of the killing series and this is the best of all of them. I learned so much about President Reagan and his life. A great history lesson from a great history teacher.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another interesting book from the team of O'Reilly and Duguard. By the way, all money from all of Mr. O'Reilly's books go to charity.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Unlike his other " killing" books, this one had some unknown facts I think may have been better left unsaid. I feel confident the research is accurate, I don' like what it discovered/ disclosed. Very interesring read!!
DeeBeeh More than 1 year ago
After reading Killing Patton, I looked forward to the publication of Killing Reagan, thinking it would be a similarly enriching read. Was I wrong! To me this book comes off as a tabloid magazine of literature. O'Reilly claims he needed to put in the darker side of Reagan in order to show the development of a great man as time went on. I waited and waited and waited. There I was, only a chapter to go and still waiting for more than a passing mention of a significant speech or proclamation in Berlin. Instead the book is filled with sensational accounts of exploits supposedly by Reagan, Nancy, and even a rather wayward daughter. Positive anecdotes were likely to be followed by details which immediately diminished the positive thought. I suggest a word or idea count take place to determine an accurate measure of the balance in this book. On the upside - I learned something early in October this year after reading of the death, at age 85, of Jerry Parr, the Secret Service agent who shoved Reagan into the limo, covered his body with his own, and redirected the limo from a path to the White House to George Washington Hospital - thus saving the life of Ronald Reagan after the assassination attempt. That event led me to a truly well-researched book by Del Quentin Wilber, "Rawhide Down" which chronicles, in depth, the twenty-four hours surrounding the assassination attempt. If you are seeking a fast moving, well-researched account of this event, the people who saved Reaan's life, and an understanding of the grace, humor, and courage of Ronald Reagan, I think you would be pleased with that book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fascinating presentation of Reagan and Nancy and all the others. Curious coming from Bill O'Reilly, given his political views. BUT the links to the very interesting endnotes can't find their way, so I waited and read them at the end like an appendix and happily they can find their way home if you want to read the context, but not back so you should make a bookmark before setting out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Outstanding read and historically significant. I proudly served under this great man, and wonder if we will ever see another as great. Great job Bill!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read. I can't wait to see who is next. I wished you were writing history books when I was in school. As with the other "Killing" books this is a very interesting take on the events.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book on a great President. I could not put it down.
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Anonymous 7 days ago
Do not like books by tthis author
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Anonymous 18 days ago
Very compelling...insightful and I learned a lot. Great read
Anonymous 4 months ago
This is the first book in the killing series I have read. I couldn't put it down. I thought the book was well written. I had no idea Nancy could be such a hard ***! I didn't give the book 5 stars because I wished he had gone deeper into his relationship with Bush, the strained relationship with Patti. How Reagan dealt with the AIDS crisis. I feel only the surface was scratched. I wanted all the dirt! I still think this book is worth reading. I recommend!
Anonymous 7 months ago
Having just come back the Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, CA, this book was an interesting review of, and counterpoint to, the museum. I purchased the audio book version, something I'm doing more to regain a few hours per week as I commute. I recommend the book as a good summary to Reagan's presidency, and also for some contemporary 20th century US history. I was age 13-21 for Reagan's presidency, and while I was interested in politics at the time, there was much I didn't understand or care about. This book brought a lot of it back, and clarified some questions. Having loaded the CD's into my car's changer, I went driving out of my way a couple of times just to keep listening, it was so addictive. The mixed reviews seemed based upon expectations about this book, but I didn't have any per se. The authors O'Reilly and Dugard brought up some of the Reagan's imperfections, which I think was necessary for the book to be credible. We're so used to such absolutes on the internet and television, and I think the book did a good job of showing Reagan's considerable successes, as well as certain failures & idiosyncrasies. I also liked the related discussions with Nixon, Ted Kennedy, etc. which are necessary to sketch-in the problems of the time, as well as just interesting information outright. The book might be a bit light or perhaps "mainstream" if you've previously studied presidential history--there aren't too many revelations for Reagan's actual presidential years, but when you add-in his Hollywood and governorship time periods, and some of the conversations such as with Thatcher, a lot of gray areas start to get filled-in. This book, like the Reagan Library, is not just for the followers of one certain political party. I wouldn't use this book as my sole source of information on Reagan or Hinckley, but I don't think a relatively quick read like this could ever be that anyways. It's an excellent Reagan 101 book with some interesting details added. It makes me wish we had one of these books for each of the presidents of the 20th century.
saran_123 7 months ago
Good
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This book was awful. Who could possibly give it five stars? Tripe and poorly wtitten. Will never read another of these "Killing of ......"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great for getting to know President Reagon better. I wondered at times if the authors disliked him. But, in the end they seemed to be pretty fair to all involved. This is the first book i've read on my Glowlight plus! I love it!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago