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Publisher Description

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.

October 2
Henry Holt and Co.

Customer Reviews

xj517 ,

Good Read...historically entertaining

After reading "Killing Lincoln" this book was an easy purchase. Anyone under the age of 40 will enjoy the historical education and
Immediately recognize how different a time it was when Presidents controlled the press and information regarding public figures private lives was not disseminated at light speed.

Marty20657 ,


Just finished Killig Kennedy last night. I enjoyed it just as much, if not more, than Killing Lincoln. Having been a teenager at that point in history, it is a story that I can easily remember and relate to. I recommend it to all. (Given Kennedy's lifestyle, it might be a little much for younger readers)

shortdog14 ,

Straight-laced and not watered down

I gravitate towards any book that details the life of JFK. Never before have I read one that didn't need to be glorified by rumors and accusations that can in no way be proven. This book allows one of the most horrible acts in American history to stand on its own merit. Completely devoid of sensationalized speculation, this book allows the reader to focus on what can, was, and will be certain. Masterfully done!

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