Killing Kennedy

Killing Kennedy

The End of Camelot

Book - 2012
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Killing Kennedy chronicles both the heroism and the deceit of Camelot. The events leading up to the most notorious crime of the twentieth century are almost as shocking as the assassination itself. 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. When his brother, Attorney General Robert Kennedy, cracks down on organized crime, the list of those who have it in for the President grows. Then, in the midst of a 1963 campaign trip to Texas, Kennedy is gunned down, and the nation begins its slide into the cataclysmic division of the Vietnam War and its culture-changing aftermath.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2012.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780805096668
Branch Call Number: 973.922092 ORE
Characteristics: 325 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Dugard, Martin
Alternative Title: End of Camelot


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Oct 23, 2017

on 2017 reading ballot

Aug 16, 2017

Bill O'Reilly can no longer be a reliable source of facts. He has been outed as a fraud who has used fake sources to get his information. sad.

Aug 16, 2017

Bugliosis' book about the assassination is the best of the bunch, but this is worth the time.

Cynthia_N Apr 29, 2017

Great read! A little bit of sensationalism and a lot of history. I talked with my father about this book and he would tell me to watch for certain things and they covered all the things he remembered. Enjoyable and informative!

shava87 Mar 08, 2017

I thought it would be some kind of conspiracy book, but I was pleasantly surprised. It's a brief biography of both JFK and Lee Harvey Oswald and at the same time very brief and clear summary of the history processes during Kennedy's presidency / Cold war, Bay of Pigs, The missle crisis, Vietnam, Civil rights movement/.

Jun 08, 2016

A very informative and thrilling book, it made my heart race. It is just like a documentary in a book, a very exciting documentary at that. It is a must read book.

Mar 14, 2016

An easy introduction to the JFK tragedy for first-time readers about the event. For those already knowledgeable about it, this book offers a recap of all the trivial ironies, coincidences, and "lasts" during Kennedy's final months. Every chapter breaks your heart anew, as each is written with the fateful day in mind. If you have preformed opinions of the author, you should probably skip this book and the series. I had read Killing Lincoln a few years prior, and while I liked it, I probably would not have read this based on that. But I thought my father would enjoy it and I bought it for him, and then he recommended it to me so I gave it a try. I'm glad I did!

Nov 17, 2015

Learned a ton since this happened before I was born, but this was told in a great way and it was entertaining and very enjoyable to read.

May 16, 2015

Complete waste of paper and a waste of your time. "Breach Of Trust" by Gerald McKnight is a real book. O'Reilly's junk is exploitive trash. Bill O'Reilly is a hack.

bnotash70 Aug 10, 2014

Learned about the Bay of Pigs which I lived through, but really had no understanding of at the time. Didn't realize how young he and Jackie had been in the White House. The exploration of Lee Harvey Oswald's psyche was very interesting, as was that of Lyndon Johnson.

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Jun 07, 2014

I've been fascinated by the idea of Camelot and the Kennedy dynasty since I was young - precisely why I've avoided this book until now. Bill O'Reilly is nothing more than a pompous, over-inflated windbag who is in love with the sound of his own voice. Given how drastically different his political leanings are from Kennedy's, I thoroughly expected much maligning of Kennedy's private life, which while devastating to Jackie and their children - and even the adoring public who had no idea - had no bearing on his assassination. Surprisingly, there were far less references to the President's trysts than I figured there would be (though there were far more than necessary.)

Calling this book completely nonfiction however, as O'Reilly does in the 'sources' section, is a stretch. One of the greatest annoyances I find in any nonfiction work is when authors purport to put forth what someone is feeling or thinking - and it happens often in this text, particularly in regards to Jackie.

Presenting Oswald as a man who simply wants to be famous doesn't exactly jive with everything else I've ever read about him. I'm not a huge conspiracy theorist by any means, but I can not believe that someone like Lee Harvey Oswald, who failed at everything else in his life, could have suddenly succeeded in killing the most powerful man in the world - especially when footage from that day on the knoll clearly shows Kennedy being shot from the front, not behind, at least once.

All in all, it's a quick read and not terrible. But you won't learn anything new unless you have no idea who JFK is.


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