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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 20th 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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By Patti on 09-21-14
Nothing of Substance New
Having been around the block a few times, I have been exposed to much that has been published both about Kennedy's life as well as his death. This book did not deliver much of anything different. That being said, O'Reilly does a great job narrating and it is a good story bringing a number of points together. So if you haven't read or heard a lot about this time of life, this is a good place to start.
11 of 12 people found this review helpful
By Amazon Customer on 10-29-12
Where does Killing Kennedy rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
Way up there with the best. Loved it.
Who was your favorite character and why?
President Kennedy was, of course, the main interest and the best character. He and Jackie were colorful people.
What about Bill O'Reilly’s performance did you like?
Love Bill. Great Performance
Any additional comments?
Not a history buff but this kept my interest and also answered some questions I had. I lived through this segment of history and O'Reilly put answers to some of my questions.
6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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By Frankimunk on 05-01-16
If you're interested in JFK you'll like this
I thought this to be well written, well narrated and very interesting. Definitely would recommend to JFK fans
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
By Steve on 06-15-17
Excellent insight into the circumstances surrounding JFK's death
I enjoyed this audiobook having been too young to remember the era and having listened to little but the conspiracy theories in later years. Such a sad story especially when you hear of the rest of the family towards the end of the book.
If you want to hear a balanced account of the events leading up to and immediately following the assassination told on an interesting way but without the hype - this is your book!