Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot

Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot

by Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard


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Honeybee48 More than 1 year ago
I really liked their previous book Killing Lincoln and was eager to read this one but was very disappointed in it. They make lots of connections between Kennedy and the mafia but then totally fail to make the many provable connections between Oswald and the mafia. I was also blown away by their buying into Jack Ruby's grief over the loss of the president and his being a "patriot" being his reason for killing Oswald. PLEASE! Ruby was clearly a mob owned, fouled mouth, strip club owner who's only reason for killing Oswald could have been he couldn't tell his mafia bosses no. Poorly researched, not footnoted, over-sensationalized the sex life of the president at the expense of presenting plausible reasons for the assassination. We will never know for an absolute certainty the reasons behind JFK's assassination because the people and hard evidence that could have clarified the situation are long since dead or missing BUT they could have made the effort to explore and present those reasons in this book but alas did not bother. I care a lot less about how many women the president had sex with than the possibly that some people got away with plotting the murder of the president of the United States. Find another book to read - I do recommend Killing Lincoln by the same authors - this one is a waste of your time & money.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yes, I remember where I was on Nov. 22, 1963 when we learned the terrible news. I was 10 and not sure what it all meant. Perhaps for those of us who still remember and wonder, the tragedy is still a mystery. O'Reilly and Dugard have done a superb job of telling the whole story as far as anyone can. Using every possible iota of information from all manner of sources, they have brought everything together into one chronological history. I loved the book. I learned a lot more of the history of just the time JFK was president and what he and the US faced. Highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to know how our country lost its 1950's innocence and began the path to apathy and cynicism (sp?).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As some one who is in the historical field I feel i should point out that the author is a journalist not a historian and one with a clear bias.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the history. Because I was really young in the early sixties I don't remember the"Bay of Pigs" or the Cuban Missile crisis. This was written in such a way as to make me see how it affected people at the time...not just dry facts. Reading what Jackie went through was heart wrenching. I liked that the history isn't colored or filled in with opinions and conjecture and is still a good story. I also enjoyed the Lincoln book very much. Keep 'em comin'.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Missing pages on e book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Titillating , but not factual! Also lots of discrepancies and chronologically out of order.
ExStellis More than 1 year ago
My initial reading enthusiasm soon turned to ennui. As a former assistant district attorney under Jim Garrison during the time in question, I expected to learn something new. I leaned nothing whatever, new or old. The first 234 pages of this tome are circumlocutory drivel more appropriate to Entertainment Tonight or People Magazine. In those pages (76 per cent of the book), we learn in detail the fashions of the first family in wine, Jackie’s taste in swimsuits, and JFK’s allergy to dog hair – but hardly one word relevant to the assassination itself. Did the CIA, FBI and Secret Service “assist” O’Reilly’s ghostwriter in penning this pusillanimous pap? I’m truly disappointed that the only pages that directly discuss the killing – the last 75 – spout the official line that Oswald was the lone killer. Evidence to the contrary is overwhelming. I worked for my friend, District Attorney Jim Garrison, for much of the relevant time. Though my forté was prosecuting burglars and robbers, not working directly on the assassination, still I know quite a bit. And I sat in on the trial of Clay Shaw. I commend Garrison’s book, On the Trail of the Assassins (New York: Sheridan Square Press, 1988. ISBN-13: 9781620872994). Unlike O’Reilly’s, his book comprises 342 pages of pure meat – substance singularly in short supply in O’Reilly’s screed that seems more fascinated with the fortunes of the rich and famous than with finding the real killers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One book cannot fully develop and deliver the entirety of something as complicated as the assasination of President Kennedy. Read on my friends. Read various other subjects from the same era -- i.e. The Best and the Brightest by Halberstam (1972) and recently, JFK and the Unspeakable by Douglass (2010). Do a little comparable research. What was the mood of the era? Who were the players (on the field and off)? Mr. OReilley is trying to sell a book - just as he is trying to sell you the news. Read it but if it's unreferenced, it's just entertainment.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I agree that this book wasn't as interesting as Lincoln.  I LOVE the writing style in both books. Killing Kennedy was an interesting insight to a little of everything surrounding JFk, a little on his military days, a little on Jackie, Bobby, a little on the politics, a little on Oswald and Ruby, and A LOT on his social life. I didn't mind the sexual exploitation to much because I believe it was giving explanation to the man behind the curtains, his character and why he was the way he was, which I found very interesting. There wasn't any groundbreaking information, but I do appreciate there wasn't addition of a new conspiracy theory, I feel in this case it was to the point, truthful and well researched because of that. Also, I'm NOT a fan of Bill O'Reilly on TV, but enjoyed his journalism and story-telling.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't believe in just the span of a year that O'Reilly can debunk the research of Col. L. Fletcher Prouty, Mark Shaw, Jim Marrs, Robert Groden, Harrison Livingstone, Anthony Summers, Mark Lane, David Lifton, Sylvia Meagher, Charles Crenshaw, Harold Weisberg, et. al. I didn't learn anything new at all from Bill's book. If you want to study the topic, I recommend any of the works of those cited above.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
O'reilly has a knack for making history interesting and relevant. He is very fair in the way he describes Kennedy's weaknesses and his evolution into a world leader.
western_coyote More than 1 year ago
From the title of this book I figured it would be another blow by blow account of the assassination. But I was wrong. The main thrust is more a narrative of John Kennedy's presidency and also of his life. O'Reilly was clearly an admirer and supporter of JFK, but he was not blind to his flaws. At times, sexually, Kennedy was a cad. Politically, as in the Bay of Pigs affair, he was inept and stupid, but he learned and when challenged by missiles in Cuba, he responded with greater effectiveness. This reader was, peripherally, a part of that response. Stationed at an southern Air Force training base, I remember the Army units bivouacked, night after night, on our flight line as they moved towards Florida. For me, new details of this narrative were the most interesting part of the book. O'Reilly digs out some new ones. As for the assassination, Oswald saw the parade route, he had the gun, the vantage point, he fired three shots, none of them magical, and a President's life came to an end. O'Reilly doesn't lay another stupid conspiracy theory on us.
Tanstaafl More than 1 year ago
There is a lot more in this telling of JFK's life and death than most people would either remember ("I remember where I was when the ...") or could understand about this young, powerful president. The authors do a tremendous job of making the story personable to the reader and leave an impact about this amazing part of American history. It has the information that titntillates but also informs a reader, a story that keeps the reader turning the pages for the next scene and even though the climax has been kown for decades still leaves the reader slightly breathless and rewarded for completing this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent book! Really, really loved this. I finished it in one entire sitting. I can see where the bad reviews may come from though. People often read a Kennedy Assassination book looking for conspiracy theories. This book definitely wasn't the book for that. Personally, I hate conspiracy theories. So, I was glad that I was able to read this book that was just clear cut facts that strung the story together. It focuses on Kennedy and Oswald's paths crossing and how that leads to the assassination. It didn't over exemplify Kennedy's sex life, rather leave the parts of it that are relevant to his and Jackie's relationship. Another reason why so many people are probably upset is that they all have their stone set opinions on how the Kennedy Administration was and don't like reading anything different. I will admit that, yes, there were times were the book went off topic and was about random things that didn't really tie into the assassination, but they were still interesting and important things to know and were all relevant. It didn't take sides on anyone, didn't favor anybody's opinion, just facts. I am sixteen years old, clearly have no tangible recollection of the assassination because I wouldn't be born until 35 years after the fact, and I found this book one of the best about the assassination. The movie was great, as well. If you're debating about whether or not to buy or read this book, let me tell you to go ahead and do it. You won't regret it.
fleetfootmax More than 1 year ago
This was my Book Group's selection for September. We felt it didn't do Kennedy credit or really capture the Camelot experience. Of course, we are all of a certain age and remember the Kennedy family well.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well written but did not reveal much more information than was previously available. Much less interesting than the kill Lincoln book.
Esther26KM More than 1 year ago
Even though some unknown facts were presented about his death and what led up to it, most of the book leaned on everyone's sex life, and I would have preferred to get the facts and not have a blow by blow of a past Presidents weaknesses exploited to the public. I also didn't trust the validity of some of it, as if it was just written for entertainment.
GladiolusWitherspoon More than 1 year ago
Don't waste your money. I have rated this only a 2 not because of the writing mechanics but for the lack of thorough research of the subject. Oh yes, it's okay for the person that knows absolutely nothing about the historic event but it tends to favor the lone gunman theory which has already been proved incorrect with actual evidence if the author had really wanted to present the truth. I think Bill is an accomplished professional but he didn't do enough homework on the 50 years of hard evidencing proofs that have been uncovered during the decades since the assassination! Maybe his ghost writer didn't do his/her homework, you think?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wish I could read honest reviews of this book rather than about the opinion that people have about the author. Can't you people think long enough to put your political bias aside? Reading is supposed to make you think, not have knee jerk reactions.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a rehash of info available in every other book about Kennedy's death. No new observations or insights. Obviously written to cash in on the success of Killing Lincoln.
JWJ53 More than 1 year ago
Have to admit that, even though I am not a Bill O'Reilly fan, this is a very good read. Well written & factually correct. If you are a history buff or just want to take a trip down memory lane (taking in the good and bad parts of this portion of American...and world history), I would highly recommend this book. Do not believe you will be disappointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent! Clear writing, crisp pace, well-researched...a great read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Meh! This book was no where near as compelling as "Killing Lincoln",which was  a most excellent read.  Nothing new is unveiled in "Killing Kennedy" with the exception of O'Reilly himself being at the door of Morgenthau's home when he checks out. Nothing new that I haven't read since Nov. 22 1963 a day before my 17th birthday. I will never be convinced that Oswald acted alone or even if at all. I've been to the snipers roost on the 6th floor, stood behind the fence and seen every  documentary or theory. Killing Lincoln takes some license but it was a damn good book and very insightful, again much license. Bill should write about  "Killing Garfield", which would actually require research, but provide a history lesson. See the movie "Executive Decision" which  very well may be closer to a viable scenario.   If you are a young  person though,  you should read it to bring you up to speed with us older folks. All the 5 stars ratings above are obviously the younger crowd or older ostriches. The rest are we the people who lived through the horrible day.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anyone that says this is fake IS WRONG! Thank you :)
mamamiaBV More than 1 year ago
I was raised in Dallas and taking the children to see Air Force One depart when I heard about the assassination. We were all terrifid, got the children home from school, hubby's office closed down, for 4 days glued to television set. IT WAS SO TRAUMATOC AND SO SAD. The book covered more than I ever knew and was vry well written. However rho I know O'Reilly checked it out carefully I am still wondering how Tippirr and Oswald were at the theater together, it was checked and the theater was exactly 8 miles from rhe Depositoryy...feelings were the policeman drove Oswald from the shootting site, then shot Tippitt.but feel certain O'Reailly researched is carefully. I overheard officers discussing this tho those many years ago. This is a book you cant put down until you finish it, I didn't! Well worth the time and money to read, and I now understand Mrs. Kennedy more than I ever did and never liked LBJ anyway...he made me anxious when he was president.