Listening Length: 8 hours and 25 minutes
Program Type: Audiobook
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Audible.com Release Date: October 2, 2012
In Killing Kennedy the authors narrate the events leading up to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy as
well as the event's aftermath.
O'Reilly and Dugard also focus on the element of the growing Cold War, Kennedy's attempt to deal with the rise of
Communism, and the potential threat from organized crime.
Critical response to Killing Kennedy was mixed, with the New York Times writing that the book was at times
disappointing but that it "picks up strength as it heads for its date with destiny".
The book has been criticized for a "lack of citation and occasional 'literary liberties'".
For example, in the prologue, the authors write, "Kennedy is the youngest president ever elected.
Eisenhower is the oldest."
While Kennedy was the youngest president ever elected at the time of his inauguration and remains so today,
Eisenhower was not the oldest ever elected even in 1961 at the time of Kennedy's inauguration.
William Henry Harrison was the oldest president ever elected as of 1961.
However, in 1961 at the end of his term Eisenhower was the oldest president to date, as Harrison died one month
into his term at the age of 68 years 54 days.
Eisenhower was 70 years 98 days old on the day of Kennedy's inauguration.
O'Reilly has stated that he and Dugard wrote the book to be "fun" and "to get people engaged with their country".
The book sold 118,000 copies in its first week.
Another passage where O'Reilly claims he was present outside the Florida home of alleged conspirator
George de Mohrenschildt when he committed suicide has been shown by several sources to be false, as he was known
not to be in the state at the time.
In response, the publisher Henry Holt and Company issued a statement: "This one passage is immaterial to the story
being told by this terrific book and we have no plans to look into this matter."
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 listeners have thrilled to 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 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 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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