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Killing Reagan

Bill O'Reilly

Audio CD
Publisher: Macmillan Audio; Unabridged edition (September 22, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1427262292
ISBN-13: 978-1427262295
Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.2 inches
Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
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The Hard Cover Book
ISBN-13: 9781627792417
ISBN-10: 1627792414
Publisher: Henry Holt & Company
Publish Date: September 2015
Page Count: 320

Killing Reagan: The Violent Assault That Changed a Presidency is a book written by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard about the attempted assassination of U.S. President Ronald Reagan in 1981. It is the fifth in the Killing series, following Killing Lincoln, Killing Kennedy, Killing Jesus, and Killing Patton. The book was released on September 22, 2015, and topped The New York Times Best Sellers List.

In 1981, after delivering a speech at the Washington Hilton Hotel on March 30, President Reagan is shot by John Hinckley, Jr.. Facing near death, Reagan's life is in the balance of doctors at George Washington University Hospital. At the White House however, the power of the president is in chaos as Reagan's cabinet is being led by Secretary of State Alexander Haig.

On September 26, 2015, about a week after the book's release, National Geographic announced that a television film adaptation is in the works. In May 2016, it was announced that Tim Matheson and Cynthia Nixon would play Ronald and Nancy Reagan respectively in the upcoming television film. Filming began in late May. It premiered Sunday, October 16, 2016 at 8 PM.

Following the release of Killing Reagan: The Violent Assault That Changed a Presidency, Reagan biographers Craig Shirley, Steven Hayward, Paul Kengor, and Kiron Skinner, along with a handful of former Reagan aides, immediately began to challenge the book on its factual inaccuracies and historical fabrications. Those four Reagan biographers, who have written 19 biographies on Ronald Reagan between them, penned an op-ed for The Washington Post on October 16 that highlighted what they claimed to be major historical inaccuracies and outright fabrications used in O'Reilly's book. Additional criticisms surfaced from officials that served in the Reagan Administration, who were present at the events discussed in the book, yet dispute what actually happened. A.B. Culvahouse, who served as Counsel to the President from 1987 to 1989, calls one of the key anecdotes of O'Reilly's book describing a meeting focused on President Reagan's fitness to hold office "a debunked myth."

In response, O'Reilly took to the airwaves on October 19, responding to the criticism and calling his critics "zealots and jealous people." He also called the criticisms "comical," to which Reagan historian Shirley responded "So far, I've written four books on Ronald Reagan, written dozens of articles, given dozens of lectures, am a trustee of Eureka College, taught a course there [titled] Reagan 101, and have lectured at the Reagan Library and the Reagan Ranch. [I]t is fair to say we probably know a little bit more about Ronald Reagan than Bill O'Reilly. We certainly know the facts of Ronald Reagan."

The following day, Ed Meese, who served as Counselor to the President (1981–1985) and Attorney General (1985–1988), penned a joint op-ed with Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation Executive Director John Heubusch detailed more inaccuracies in O'Reilly's book, saying "we believe that Killing Reagan does a real disservice to our 40th president and to history itself." The same day, Frank Donatelli, President Reagan's Assistant for Political and Intergovernmental Affairs, also penned an op-ed for The Washington Times disputing O'Reilly's key thesis as another discredited "senility myth" about Ronald Reagan.

More criticisms came from reporters at The Washington Post, who looked into O'Reilly's claim to have "double-sourced everything" in his book. On October 19, 2015, about a month after the book was published, O'Reilly's researcher first reached out to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library to obtain a document that O'Reilly himself called a "key part of the book." On October 21, it was reported that Annelise Anderson, the fact-checker that O'Reilly and Dugard commissioned to research and fact-check the manuscript for Killing Reagan, pulled out of the project after realizing that the authors were "distorting" material, in her opinion. She went on to pen an op-ed for National Review in which she said of O'Reilly's book: "Why the authors want to present this distorted 'witch and wimp' view of Nancy [Reagan] and the 40th president is puzzling, especially since an alternative view of the effect of Reagan’s near-death experience is so readily available."


run time: 9 hours 10 minutes 46 seconds

Disc 1 (79:04) - Disc 2 (78:56) - Disc 3 (79:04)
Disc 4 (79:03) - Disc 5 (78:52) - Disc 6 (78:55)
Disc 7 (77:01)

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