Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot

Version: Unabridged
Author: Bill O'Reilly , Martin Dugard
Narrator: Bill O'Reilly
Genres: Biography & Memoir, True Crime, North America
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Published In: October 2012
# of Units: 7 CDs
Length: 9 hours
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Overview

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 people have enjoyed Bill O'Reilly's Killing Lincoln, the can't-stop-listening work of nonfiction about the shocking assassination that changed the course of American history. Now the iconic 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 listener. This may well be the most talked about book of the year.

Reviews (16)

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Written by Alan P. on May 30th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 3/5

Enjoyed Bill’s narration. But, with all his connections, he should have presented both sides of the “conspiratorial” debate. The hard-sell Oswald was alone sounds like Bill is on the cover-up sids. Hardly a “no-spin” way of addressing such an important historical debate.

Written by Brett H on October 27th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Great book, had to take a break before the assassination took place, due to becoming attached to the characters... Enjoyed the Bill O'Reilly twist towards the end as well, did not see the coming, more mindblown than JFK!!! Maybe that's distasteful, but funny none the less...

Killing Kennedy

Written by Bill C on May 4th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Love your books Bill, struggling with loosing you on the FOX network this week. Felt you were the best, most balanced NO SPIN commentator on the station. YOU\'LL BE MISSED. Hoping to see you bounce back and show them, in your calm demeanor, you are not phased. Regarding Killing Kennedy, I LOVED IT!! Especially with you narrating it. I grew up in Massachusetts a Kennedy supporter, before the Democratic Party Died A Fate Worse Than Kennedy Itself. I actually shook Robert Kennedy\'s hand in his last Boston St. Patrick\'s Day Parade and equally mourned his and John Jr.\'s death. I enjoyed your detailed account of JFK\'s life, while reliving all the chapters I could remember from my childhood. Surprised to hear your account of yourself knocking on the door of the FBI connected Oswald supporter as he took a shotgun to his head to die with the secretes we may never know the truth to. I HIGHLY recommend Killing Kennedy to anyone interested in hearing about all the details of this great Presidents historic life and Lincolnesque final chapter.

Written by Elliotte F on April 7th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I learned some more facts about JFK, Camelot, and the assassination. Nice Job!

Written by Eric Oliver on February 21st, 2017

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Wonderful book!!!

Written by Justin Rice on January 13th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 5/5

A fantastic read for a Boston native with interests in one of its many legendary native sons.

Written by Craig Hamilton on December 22nd, 2016

  • Book Rating: 5/5

One of O'Reilly's best. Highly recommended reading!!

Killing Kennedy

Written by CRAIG LEONARD on November 7th, 2016

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I look forward to my walks listening to all of O\'Reilly\'s Killing Series books. All of them have been done magnificently.

Written by Richard Ryman on August 14th, 2016

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This is the first book that I have enjoyed using audiobooks. I look forward to the next book, the killing of Lincoln.

Written by Christine Johnson on July 2nd, 2016

  • Book Rating: 5/5

We listened to this book in its entirety on our way home from vacation. We learned so much, was entertained and the trip went quickly!! Ready for our next trip!

Author Details

Author Details

O'Reilly, Bill

"Born in Manhattan and raised in the suburb of Levittown, N.Y., Bill O'Reilly had a blue-collar, ethnic upbringing common in the Northeast. He attended Chaminade High School, and spent most of his childhood playing sports and annoying teachers.

O'Reilly went on to attend Marist College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., where he wrote a column for the school newspaper and played football. In his junior year, O'Reilly was accepted into an overseas program, and studied at the University of London. He received a B.A. in history from Marist.

Upon graduation, O'Reilly began teaching at Monsignor Pace High School in a suburb of Miami. After two years, he returned to college and earned an M.A. in broadcast journalism from Boston University.

Then O'Reilly's television career began. His first stop was WNEP-TV in Scranton-Wilkes Barre, Pa. He then landed at WFAA-TV in Dallas, where he won a Dallas Press Club Award for excellence in investigative reporting. From Dallas, it was on to KMGH-TV in Denver, where O'Reilly won an Emmy for his coverage of a skyjacking. After two years in the Rocky Mountains, O'Reilly returned to the East Coast and joined WCBS-TV in New York City, where he won his second Emmy for an investigation of corrupt city marshals. O'Reilly was then promoted to the CBS network, where he reported on the wars in El Salvador and the Falkland Islands from his base in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

O'Reilly's career as an anchor began at the CBS and ABC affiliates in Boston, and continued at KATU-TV in Portland, Ore., before he joined ABC News as a correspondent in 1986. While at ABC, O'Reilly appeared on The World News broadcast nearly 100 times, and received a National Headliner Award for excellence in investigative reporting for a series of expos‚s on the Bradley fighting vehicle.

In February 1989, O'Reilly took over for David Frost as the anchor of the nationally syndicated program ""Inside Edition."" Under the O'Reilly reign, the program reached its ratings zenith, and was rarely out of the top 10 in syndicated rankings. While at ""Inside,"" O'Reilly was the first national anchor to broadcast live from the scene of the riots in Los Angeles, and was named reporter of the year by the New York Crime Victims organization.

During his 20-year career, O'Reilly has reported from all over the world, including Vietnam, Kuwait, Berlin, Brazil, Australia, Japan, France, Romania and England. In addition, O'Reilly penned an opinion column in The Boston Herald for seven years, and his articles have appeared in publications such as Newsweek magazine, The New York Times and Parade magazine.

O'Reilly was accepted into the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in early 1995. He subsequently resigned from his job at ""Inside Edition,"" and prepared to go back to school by writing his first book, ""Those Who Trespass: A Novel of Murder and Television,"" which is now in its second printing.

In the spring of 1996, O'Reilly received an M.A. in public policy from Harvard, and immediately took a job as the executive producer and anchor of ""The O'Reilly Factor"" on the then-new Fox News Channel. O'Reilly lives on Long Island, and still plays touch football with childhood friends. His other hobbies include collecting American historical documents, diving, and sleeping as much as possible. "

Dugard, Martin

Martin Dugard has carved a career as one of the foremost adventure writers today. The author of "Knockdown: The Harrowing True Account of a Yacht Race Turned Deadly" and co-author of the "New York Times" bestseller "Survivor: The Ultimate Game, " his work appears regularly in "GQ, Sports Illustrated, " and "Esquire." An avid adventurer, Dugard has completed the Raid Gauloises race three times, and is co-holder of the Around the World Speed Record. He lives with his wife and three children in Orange County, California.