Kennedy's Last Days: The Assassination That Defined a Generation

Kennedy's Last Days: The Assassination That Defined a Generation

by Bill O'Reilly

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Overview

On a sunny day in Dallas, Texas, at the end of a campaign trip, President John Fitzgerald Kennedy is assassinated by an angry, lonely drifter named Lee Harvey Oswald. The former Marine Corps sharpshooter escapes briefly but is hunted down, captured, and then shot dead while in police custody.

Kennedy's Last Days is a gripping account of the events leading up to the most notorious crime of the twentieth century. Author Bill O'Reilly vividly describes the Kennedy family's life in the public eye, the crises facing the president around the world and at home, the nation's growing fascination with their vigorous, youthful president, and, finally, the shocking events leading up to his demise.

Adapted from Bill O'Reilly's bestselling historical thriller Killing Kennedy, with an unforgettable cast of characters, page-turning action, and art on every spread, Kennedy's Last Days is history that reads like a thriller. This exciting book will captivate adults and young readers alike.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250060426
Publisher: Square Fish
Publication date: 06/02/2015
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 618,577
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

About the Author

Bill O'Reilly's success in broadcasting and publishing is unmatched. The iconic anchor of The O'Reilly Factor led the program to the status of the highest rated cable news broadcast in the nation for sixteen consecutive years. His website BillOReilly.com is followed by millions all over the world.

In addition, he has authored an astonishing 12 number one ranked non-fiction books including the historical "Killing" series. Mr. O'Reilly currently has 17 million books in print.

Bill O'Reilly has been a broadcaster for 42 years. He has been awarded three Emmy's and a number of other journalism accolades. He was a national correspondent for CBS News and ABC News as well as a reporter-anchor for WCBS-TV in New York City among other high profile jobs.

Mr. O'Reilly received two other Emmy nominations for the movies "Killing Kennedy" and "Killing Jesus."

He holds a history degree from Marist College, a masters degree in Broadcast Journalism from Boston University, and another masters degree from Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Bill O'Reilly lives on Long Island where he was raised. His philanthropic enterprises have raised tens of millions for people in need and wounded American veterans.

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Chapter Six

February 1961

The White House 1:00 p.m.

THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES is on schedule. Almost every afternoon, at precisely 1:00 p.m., he slips into the heated indoor pool located between the White House and the West Wing. John Kennedy does this to soothe his aching back. The pain is constant and so bad that he often uses crutches or a cane to get around, though rarely in public. He wears a back brace, sleeps on an extra- firm mattress, and receives regular injections of an anesthetic to ease his suffering. Aides know to look for a tightening of his jaw as a sign that the president's back is acting up. The half hour of breaststroke and the heat of the pool are part of Kennedy's physical therapy.

The White House staff is getting used to the new president and his family. Very little that was unexpected happened in the White House during the eight years the previous president, Dwight Eisenhower, lived there.

But now everything has changed. The Kennedys are much less formal than the Eisenhowers. Receiving lines are being abolished, giving formal functions a more casual feel. The first lady is readying the East Room for per for mances by some of America's most notable musicians, such as cellist and composer Pablo Casals, opera singer Grace Bumbry, jazz artist Paul Winter, and even full symphony orchestras.

Still, the White House is a serious place. The president's daily schedule revolves around periods of intense work followed by breaks for swimming and family time. He rises each morning around seven and reads the newspapers in bed, including the New York Times, Washington Post, and Wall Street Journal. Kennedy is a speed- reader; he can read and understand 1,200 words per minute. He is done with the newspapers in just 15 minutes, and then moves on to a pile of briefing books, reports prepared by his staff that summarize information about events going on around the world.

The president then has his usual breakfast in bed: orange juice, bacon, toast slathered in marmalade, two softboiled eggs, and coffee with cream.

He is in the Oval Office at nine o'clock sharp. He sits back in his chair and listens as his appointments secretary, Kenny O'Donnell, maps out his schedule. Throughout the morning, as Kennedy takes calls and listens to advisers brief him on what is happening in the rest of the world, he is interrupted by his handpicked staff. In addition to Dave Powers, who is now special assistant to the president, and Kenny O'Donnell, there are men such as the former Harvard history professor Arthur Schlesinger Jr.; Ted Sorensen, the Nebraska- born special counselor and adviser; and Pierre Salinger, the former child prodigy pianist who serves as press secretary.

After swimming, Kennedy eats a quick lunch upstairs in the first family's private rooms, often referred to as "the residence." He then naps for exactly 45 minutes. Other great figures in history such as Winston

Churchill napped during the day. For Kennedy, it is a means of rejuvenation.

Then it's back to the Oval Office, most nights working as late as 8:00 p.m. After business hours, Kennedy often puts two feet up on his desk and casually tosses ideas back and forth with his staff. It is the president's favorite time of the day.

When everyone has cleared out, he makes his way back upstairs to the residence for his evening meal with his family or with friends Jackie invites.

Table of Contents

Contents

Frontispiece,
Title Page,
Copyright Notice,
Dedication,
Epigraphs,
Prologue,
Key Players,
PART 1 THE MAKING OF A HERO,
PART 2 THE MAKING OF A LEADER,
PART 3 DALLAS, TEXAS — NOVEMBER 1963,
PART 4 THE MAKING OF A LEGEND,
Epilogue,
Afterword,
The Kennedys: A Photo Family Tree,
The Crew of USS PT-109 on Its Last Mission,
John F. Kennedy's Inaugural Address,
John and Jackie Kennedy: Some Famous and Interesting Words,
The Zapruder Film: A Moment-by-Moment Record,
Investigating the Assassination: The Warren Commission,
Some Facts About the Early 1960s,
Time Line,
Places to Visit,
The Author Recommends ...,
Recommended Reading,
Recommended Websites,
Recommended Viewing,
Bibliography,
Sources,
Index,
Copyright,

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Kennedy's Last Days: The Assassination That Defined a Generation 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
FrancescaFB More than 1 year ago
KENNEDY'S LAST DAYS is an essential companion to KILLING KENNEDY. This is a powerful recap of one of our country's most tragic events--the murder of President John Kennedy. O'Reilly has produced a captivating thriller at every turn of the page. Accompanied by unforgettable photographs, this dramatic, descriptive account of the events in President Kennedy's final days of his life are brought to culmination with such intensity that we experience his assassination again with vivid trepidation.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Every one should read this book!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was familiar with Bill O'Reilly from television. I had no idea he was such a gifted writer. He takes history and makes it read like a novel. I truly enjoyed this book and high recommend it.
Heidi_G More than 1 year ago
 This adaptation of O'Reilly's "Killing Kennedy" is meant for young people and as such it covers the events leading up to the day our 35th president was assasinated with adequate depth to satisfy any teen inquiry.  From the background on the military exploits of both Lee Havey Oswald and John F. Kennedy to the failed invasion of Cuba at the Bay of Pigs and the aftermath of the death of JFK, this book is full of tidbits that will be previously unknown to many readers.  I would've liked to have seen more color photos in the book, but the large quantity of black and white photos do greatly enhance the story. A good resource for readers ages 12-16. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you're not familiar with the historical account, its a nice quick and easy read. Having read many JFK books prior to this, I was a little bored with it as it really just skimmed the surface. I enjoyed "Killing Kennedy" more
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I like how he writes have yiu read lincolns last days great book
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Who cna say that they read Killing Lincoln Lincolns Last Days and Killing Kennedy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lev harye did not kill jfk it was a kbg offecer that killed him.