Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot

by Bill O'reilly, Martin Dugard

Henry Holt and Co. | October 2, 2012 | Hardcover

Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot is rated 4.45 out of 5 by 20.

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 readers have thrilled to Bill O'Reilly's Killing Lincoln, the page-turning 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 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 reader. This may well be the most talked about book of the year.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 336 pages, 9.61 × 6.46 × 1.25 in

Published: October 2, 2012

Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0805096663

ISBN - 13: 9780805096668

Found in: History

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Killing Kennedy Great book, well written, and very hard to put down.
Date published: 2014-11-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent I've always been fascinated with the Kennedy era. This historical book brings all I remember plus things I didn't know to the forefront. Such a sad time in our nations's history. If you love to read about U. S. history, this book is a must read.
Date published: 2014-08-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The killing of Kennedy I found this book to be exactly as I remember when it happened.We were at work and got to go home to see it on T V. This was nothing if you compare it to the Twin Towers on 9 11 2001 We lost so many lives It was horrible.
Date published: 2014-01-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The killing of Kennedy I found this book to be exactly as I remember when it happened.We were at work and got to go home to see it on T V. This was nothing if you compare it to the Twin Towers on 9 11 2001 We lost so many lives It was horrible.
Date published: 2014-01-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The killing of Kennedy This is a great book about John F. Kennedy. It is a easy read book. I would recommend this to my friend. This is easy read and more information then the textbooks I read when I was in school.
Date published: 2014-01-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The killing of Kennedy I am not a history buff and generally don't read this type of book but as Kennedy was the first US President I remember I thought it would be interesting to see him through Adult eyes. And I'm glad I did, this book was very well written, concise yet held my interest. And even though I knew the outcome of this life, I cried when i came to this part of the book. I would recommend anyone who may or may not be into history to take the chance I took and read this wonderfully written account of a life ended way too soon.
Date published: 2014-01-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The killing of Kennedy You woudl think that this would be an old story where you learn nothing new but that is not the case. A well written acopunt of the assassination and many details not before revealed.
Date published: 2014-01-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The killing of Kennedy Bill O'Reilly once again does and excellent job! Even though I lived through this time and have read many accounts, his style makes for a very interesting read.
Date published: 2014-01-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The killing of Kennedy A riveting historical narrative indeed! I have always been drawn to stories about the Kennedys and Camelot. I was born in 1963, I don't know many people born that year that aren't in some way drawn to the end of innocence brought on by the assassination of JFK. This is one of the best books I have read regarding the events that led up to that fateful day in November 1963. The insights into the characters at the time including Martin Luther King Jr., Bobby Kennedy and of course, JFK myself was fascinating. I do not always agree with Bill O'Reilly's opinions about the world, but he does write a great book about The End of Camelot!
Date published: 2014-01-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The killing of Kennedy Excellent book. Could not put it down!
Date published: 2014-01-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The killing of Kennedy Interesting. Not the sort of book that I would normally read, but fills in some gaps.
Date published: 2014-01-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The killing of Kennedy The killing of Kennedy had many facades to it. The coincidences between the and Lincoln. The almost hatred between Kennedy. And the Vise President. The war he wasn't at the beginning. Him getting shot in Dallas Texas. It was a terrific book to read!
Date published: 2014-01-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The killing of Kennedy incredible book. I've recommended the whole series to friends and family
Date published: 2014-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The killing of Kennedy Well written impelling story-- I enjoyed it immensely!
Date published: 2014-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The killing of Kennedy An unbiased look at the Kennedy assassination which was both informative and interesting. Unlike many books, which try to get the reader to believe one theory or another, O'Reilly simply presents the facts and allows the reader to draw her or his own conclusion. Very impressive, as was his Killing Lincoln.
Date published: 2014-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The killing of Kennedy This is an excellent book of the last years of President Kennedy's life. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I honestly didn't know what to expect from Bill O'Reilly, but it is well written, very informative and definitely a good read. I was somewhat concerned it would be more political, but it is an excellent book; and I like that it not only tells the story of Kennedy, but also of Lee Harvery Oswald.
Date published: 2014-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The killing of Kennedy Bill O'Reilly writes in a way that captures the reader and the book Killing Kennedy was not only historically accurate but the reader feels the emotions and worries of the times in the USA when Kennedy became President. This is a very easy book to read and leaves one with a greater insight into this great tragedy.
Date published: 2014-01-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Interesting...... The Lincoln book was better. Still, this was interesting for some details I didn't know.
Date published: 2013-12-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting...... It seemed pretty factual. At least as much as any could be on this subject. I found it an easy read that held my attention.
Date published: 2013-11-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Interesting...... Very well researched book. While any book of this nature will be somewhat speculative in it's interpretation of events, this book provides such a logical narrative of events leading to Kennedy's assassination that it gives the reader the sense that it is a very accurate depiction of what occurred.
Date published: 2013-10-09

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Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot

Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot

by Bill O'reilly, Martin Dugard

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 336 pages, 9.61 × 6.46 × 1.25 in

Published: October 2, 2012

Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0805096663

ISBN - 13: 9780805096668

About the Book

A riveting historical narrative of the shocking events surrounding the assassination of John F. Kennedy, and the follow-up to mega-bestselling author O'Reilly's "Killing Lincoln."

Read from the Book

Chapter 24 NOVEMBER 22, 1963TEXAS SCHOOL BOOK DEPOSITORY, DALLAS9:45 A.M.Crowds of eager Dallas residents stand on the curb in front of the Texas School Book Depository. The president won’t pass by for three hours, but they’ve come early to get a good spot. Best of all, it looks like the sun might come out. Maybe they’ll get a glimpse of John F. Kennedy and Jackie after all.Lee Harvey Oswald peers out a first-floor window of the depository building, assessing the president’s route by where the crowds stand. He can clearly see the corner of Elm and Houston, where John Kennedy’s limousine will make a slow left turn. This is important to Oswald. He’s selected a spot on the depository’s sixth floor as his sniper’s roost. The floor is dimly lit by bare 60-watt lightbulbs and is currently under renovation, and thus empty. Stacks of book boxes near the window overlooking Elm and Houston will form a natural hiding place, allowing Oswald to poke his rifle outside and sight the motorcade as it makes that deliberate turn. The marksman in Lee Harvey Oswald knows that he’ll have time for two shots, maybe even three if he works the bolt quickly enough.But one should be all he needs....Air Force One crabs into the wind as Colonel Jim Swindal eases her down onto the runway at Dallas’s Love Field. John Kennedy is ecstatic. Peering out the windows of his airplane, he sees that the weather has turned sunny and warm and that yet another large Texas crowd is waiting to greet him. “This trip is t
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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 readers have thrilled to Bill O'Reilly's Killing Lincoln, the page-turning 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 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 reader. This may well be the most talked about book of the year.

About the Author

Bill O'Reilly is the anchor of The O'Reilly Factor, the highest-rated cable news show in the country. He is the author of many number-one bestselling books, including Killing Lincoln, Killing Kennedy, Killing Jesus, and Killing Patton.

Martin Dugard is the New York Times bestselling author of several books of history. He and his wife live in Southern California with their three sons.

Editorial Reviews

"Immersively written . . . Mr. O'Reilly and Mr. Dugard succeed in investing a familiar national tragedy with fresh anguish. . . A powerful historical précis." -Janet Maslin, The New York Times

"All the suspense and drama of a popular thriller." -Husna Haq, The Christian Science Monitor