Killing Reagan

  • by Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
  • Narrated by Robert Petkoff, Bill O'Reilly
  • 9 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

From the best-selling team of Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard comes Killing Reagan, an 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.


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Where does Killing Reagan rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Like others in the O'Reilly, Martin Dugard series, this book is full of research that tells the reader things we didn't know or some of us only suspected. It will take me some time to fully digest and separate the public Ronald Reagan from the historical facts in the book. I'm sure that some people may be put off by some of the material but I found it thought provoking and very timely considering a Presidential election is on the horizon.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Killing Reagan?

The entire book was captivating and had be either shaking my head in disbelief or nodding in confirmation that I got things right when they were happening. I am a Ronald Reagan fan but I now need to revaluate some of the reasons why.

Have you listened to any of Robert Petkoff and Bill O'Reilly ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have read or listened to all of Bill O' Reilly's books. The research done by Martin Dugard is truly brilliant and give the reader insight that go beyond the sound bites and fluffed up images we form our opinions on. It is no surprise the Bill started off and a teacher and still is; he just has a bigger class room now.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

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- Amazon Customer "Skipper"

Psycho shoots the Great Communicator~4 STARS~

PLOT: close up look at Ronald Regan and the attempt to kill him by John Hinkley Junior.
**Bill O'Reilly ONLY narrates the introduction. **

This bio starts when divorced actor Ronald Wilson Regan meets actress Nancy Davis He is a very fit rugged Hollywood bachelor. His involvement with actress Nancy Davis results in her becoming pregnant and they end up married. With the advent of Television~ Regan's movie career is waning. He makes the move to Television and becomes the host of "GE Theatre". This also makes him wealthy. His increasing conservative views has his switch from democrat to republican. He enters politics with a successful bid as the Governor of California. His is labeled "the Great Communicator" due to his wonderful speaking voice. Nancy is described as a devoted but very "controlling wife.". When Regan is elected president. Nancy "retains" their own private PSYCHIC CONSULTANT for $3,000 a month. The Regan's Children ~ Ronnie Junior and Patty Davis both rebel against the "establishment" in the 1960s. Patty is openly critical of both her parents and blames them for the unhappiness in her life.
Enter John Hinkley Junior. A depressed and moody man who has had mental issues dating from his childhood. He is unable to hold a job and is dependent on his parents for financial support. After seeing the movie Taxi Driver his new 'obsession' is actress Jodi Foster. Sending her endless love letters and even calls her on the phone and stalks her at her college dorm. He makes plans to "impress her" by shooting someone. Hinkley acquires a gun and moves forward in his plans and Regan becomes his TARGET. Hinkley fires and hits Regan In his chest and hits 3 other people in his bid to kill Regan. This is very well done in the details of Regan's recovery. Regan is elected for a second term but has increased "memory issues."
Hinkley is found insane and moved into a mental hospital where he can play his guitar, watch tv and keep his hair long and shaggy and continues his obsession with Foster.
This bio also includes Regans close friendship with Margaret Thatcher. Regan's memory issues are finally diagnosed as Alzheimer's which eventually ends his life. This is a very good bio. Regan has both charm and even humor. Nancy is very clearly disliked by everyone but Regan. Narrated by Martin Dugard who does a fair/good job with narration but I personally would have preferred Bill O'Reilly to narrate his own books.The content and story keep us interested. I give this 4 STAR over all and 3 on narration/performance. Great look at the fascinating charismatic Ronald Regan.

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- Molly "Wazoo Books"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-22-2015
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio