Killing Kennedy by Bill O’Reilly


John F Kennedy took the White House by storm.  He was young, we was intelligent and with Jackie Kennedy by his side they were a power team.

Yet behind the big white doors all was not well in what was commonly referred to during the Kennedy’s reign as Camelot.  Kennedy had a liking of women and many throughout his tears as president visited the White House and John, while Jackie, knowing of some, suspecting more, of her husbands flings would take long weekends away from the White House giving both her and her husband space.

Camelot was a place where actresses were entertained by both John and Jackie.  Lavish parties were held by the couple, and while the above states an unfaithful man, in the end John really did love Jackie and Jackie loved John.

Of course, being President is not all fun and games and campaigning and keeping the country in order was a lot of work for both of the Kennedy’s.  While in the White House Jackie had given birth to a son who passed away being premature, and of course she had the two children Caroline and John Jr.

This read however is not only about the time in the Presidency, but a war is at hand and a dark shadow that has been following JFK for some time… inches closer and closer.



Bill O’Reilly is not only an engaging writer, he is also a remarkable narrator.  Much like when I listened to The Killing of Lincoln by this very same author, I was fully emerged in the world of the Presidency.  No one can deny that the Kennedy’s were fascinating people.  John’s battle with back pain *which according to this author eventually may have contributed to his death* , the delightful Jacklyn always holding it together even when things were not as they would seem, their children Carolyn and John Jr, and of course John’s brothers… especially Bobby.

If this subject is remotely interesting to you I highly recommend listening to it.  All of the background of the JFK presidency, and the underlying side story of Oswald and his insane behaviors and political views.  I thought it was a very good telling of the Kennedy murder.

6 thoughts on “Killing Kennedy by Bill O’Reilly

  1. I love everything about the Kennedys, since their “reign” at the White House happened in my young adulthood, so I was very much tuned into what was happening.

    I’ve been wanting to read this book….

  2. I don’t listen to a lot of audiobooks (although I would if I commuted more), but I listened to this one during a cross-country trip and really liked it. I was hesitant to listen to that many hours of Bill O’Reilly, but he did a great job! I’m glad you liked it, too! PS I read Killing Lincoln, but I don’t think I’ll be picking up his next book.

  3. You’re right, I thoroughly enjoyed listening to his narration. I thought Killing Lincoln was fascinating and I’m sure I’ll be picking this one up too.

  4. I know I may be missing out on a good book, but I can’t get around the fact that Bill O’Reilly is involved. I wish I could, but it’s a no go.

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