Killing Kennedy by Bill O'Reilly
The End of Camelot

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18 Critic Reviews

A quick-fire, easy-to-read account of the Kennedy years, with some salacious details to spice it up.
-Kirkus

Synopsis

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.

 

About Bill O'Reilly

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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 several number-one bestselling books, including Killing Lincoln.  Dwight Jon Zimmerman has adapted books for young readers by distinguished authors such as Dee Brown and James McPherson. He lives in Brooklyn, New York. 
 
Published October 2, 2012 by Henry Holt and Co.. 337 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Travel, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction
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Critic reviews for Killing Kennedy
All: 18 | Positive: 12 | Negative: 6

Kirkus

Excellent
on Dec 01 2012

A quick-fire, easy-to-read account of the Kennedy years, with some salacious details to spice it up.

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NY Times

Excellent
Reviewed by Janet Maslin on Oct 10 2012

The details of the Kennedy assassination are even more familiar than the story “Killing Lincoln” told. So “Killing Kennedy” has a momentum problem: it is lively, but not innately suspenseful.

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Examiner

Good
Reviewed by Phil Taverna on Feb 21 2013

It is a great read. And if you don't know much about the facts leading up to the assassination, you will find the entire book informative.

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Examiner

Below average
Reviewed by JOHN VALERI on Oct 08 2012

It’s unfortunate that, given the passage of time and the preponderance of new evidence, readers who are new to the debate will be exposed to such a superficial retelling – and might not know better than to accept it as fact…

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Book Reporter

Excellent
Reviewed by Bookreporter. on Oct 16 2012

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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Christian Science Monitor

Excellent
Reviewed by Husna Haq on Oct 04 2012

“Killing Kennedy” may not receive the academic accolades of a Caro tome, but it will get history – however flawed in its retelling – into the hands of many more people.

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Salon

Below average
Reviewed by David Talbot on Oct 08 2012

Most of this surprisingly dumbed-down book is a biographical rehash of the Kennedy story that will contain nothing new for even casual readers of People magazine...

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State Journal-Register

Excellent
Reviewed by MARTY MORRIS on Oct 16 2012

this is a well-written one that capsulizes the Camelot years, focusing on events and persons whose names are all familiar to anyone who lived through the period — many of whom had every reason in the world to want JFK dead.

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Helium

Above average
Reviewed by John Atchison on Feb 25 2013

One would have hoped that a book from the likes of Bill O'Reilly would come at this topic with a bit more of a hard edge...but it too often stomps upon the same ground that so many others have gone over in the past four decades.

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Yahoo! Voices

Good
Reviewed by Will Stape on Nov 13 2013

Killing Kennedy treats its subject matter maturely and without a need for easy and fanciful speculation or out of this world 'what if' conspiracy theories.

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Quick Book Reviews

Good
Oct 27 2012

...if you are looking for a source of information as to what life for Kennedy and Americans was like right before and after John’s assassination, then you should definitely check it out.

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Book Journey

Good
Reviewed by Sheila on Feb 24 2013

All of the background of the JFK presidency...I thought it was a very good telling of the Kennedy murder.

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Lit Lovers

Below average
on Oct 01 2013

O'Reilly said he wanted to write "history that's fun to read...no pinhead stuff," and at that he has succeeded. Sadly, however, there's no new information here; it's pretty miuch retread.

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Tales of a Book Addict

Good
Reviewed by Tara on Nov 30 2012

Obviously this is a book where the ending is very well-known. But it didn’t stop me from wanting more and more. I absolutely did not want to put this book down.

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Blogizomai

Good
Reviewed by KYLE MCDANELL on Nov 22 2013

Overall, this is a great book. I thoroughly enjoyed it and am impressed with its writing, its story, and how it is all presented. Reading Killing Kennedy makes me want to read Killing Lincoln and likely will at some point.

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Excellent
Reviewed by Wanda Mills on Feb 01 2013

Killing Kennedy is a good read and is the perfect book to take along with you on vacation. And even if you are not going on vacation, the book will keep you riveted to the pages until the last word is read.

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Inspire

Above average
Reviewed by Geoff Boltach on Dec 27 2012

This book I found to be a quick and informative read, except for the complete oversight regarding the Zapruder film and other multiple shooter theories...

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Consortium News

Below average
Reviewed by Jim DiEugenio on Oct 13 2012

Killing Kennedy is just the latest example of O’Reilly’s lucrative decision to sell out, even on a topic that once appeared to draw his honest interest.

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Kelli Garza 26 Oct 2013

awesome, very intriguing, couldn't put it down.

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