Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country I remember like so many Americans who were of age during the time of the Kennedy assassination exactly where I was, what I was doing and what was happening all around me.I remember the announcement in school, the early dismissal, tears, shock, disbelief and then silence.so much silence.John Fitzgerald Kennedy, sadly, had less than three years left to live when he took office in 1961 at the you Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country I remember like so many Americans who were of age during the time of the Kennedy assassination exactly where I was, what I was doing and what was happening all around me.I remember the announcement in school, the early dismissal, tears, shock, disbelief and then silence.so much silence.John Fitzgerald Kennedy, sadly, had less than three years left to live when he took office in 1961 at the young age of 43 O Reilly s account of Kennedy s life covers the PT 109 incident, the failed Bay of Pigs invasion and the 13 long scary days of the Cuban missile crisisand it was indeed a scary time KILLING KENNEDY also touches on the war in Vietnam, MLK s dream for racial equality, and his and JFK s numerous indiscretionsthe latter is not descriptive as in Follett s Edge of Eternity The actual data on the murder of the well loved President Kennedy divulged nothing new that I can ascertain other than perhaps tidbits of dialogue that occurred inside the vehicle after the fatal shots.If you enjoy reading about presidential history though and the personal life of JFK, his wins and losses, his troubled health and Jackie, her popularity with the public and her mythical American Camelot, this work of non fiction is a fast, easy way to get the overall picture For me, it turned out to be another learning experience, in some respects, and definitely a remembrance of a horrific time in American historyO Reilly s recommended newsreels were definitely worth the time My experience this book is so intertwined with my experience of 11 22 63 that I can t mention one without the other I m cross posting this review to King s book.I recently was given Bill O Reilly s Killing Kennedy The End of Camelot as a birthday gift I probably would not have bought it although I like his television news show because, being a lawyer, I read enough nonfiction and like to escape to fiction to relax But it was eminently readable and certainly took me back to that dark day in N My experience this book is so intertwined with my experience of 11 22 63 that I can t mention one without the other I m cross posting this review to King s book.I recently was given Bill O Reilly s Killing Kennedy The End of Camelot as a birthday gift I probably would not have bought it although I like his television news show because, being a lawyer, I read enough nonfiction and like to escape to fiction to relax But it was eminently readable and certainly took me back to that dark day in November 1963 And yes, I still remember where I was when we got the word of the assassination an art class at the University of Cincinnati, where I was enrolled in the Advertising Design Program When an author can make history as readable and entertaining as a good novel, it has to be a good thing, and I would give the book five out of five stars But reading it made me go back and finish Stephen King s 11 22 63, which is a novel about a man that goes back in time to assassinate Lee Harvey Oswald to prevent President Kennedy s assassination I had started reading the book many months ago, but had given up, though not because it wasn t good It was the book that I had in my bedroom that I would read as part of my getting ready to sleep routine It was very readable, but it was so longthan 800 pages that in the 20 minutes or so that I had to read before falling asleep, I felt that I wasn t making any progress So without any conscious decision, I just stopped reading it, intending to come back to it at some point O Reilly s book energized me to pick King s book back up, and I finishedthan 500 pages in two days The thing that has always amazed me about King s writing is his sense of place and time I thought that his Salem s Lot was the best contemporary vampire novel because he made the characters so every day and believable I also particularly liked his Christine, The Green Mile, Needful Things, and Shawshank Redemption I have not read any of his fantasy, such as the Dark Tower series, because I am not into fantasy other than Poul Anderson s Three Hearts and Three Lions and Robert A Heinlein s Glory Road But am I glad that I went back to 11 22 63, and I mean went back to because the author takes you back to that time The novel is a science fiction book, a thriller, a romance, and a little bit of a horror story all rolled into a seamless whole As an aspiring novelist myself, I certainly wish that I could write like he does, especially at setting the scene and developing the characters by their actions and what they say rather than by too much internal dialog An easy five of five stars Written in a juvenile fashion, this book gave me nothing new In fact, I knewthan the book was presenting It begins with JFK s inauguration and goes until the assassination, and that section doesn t include anything about any of the conspiracy theories Disappointed, because Killing Lincoln was so good. Killing Kennedy It was Lyndon Johnson, Texas oil executives their friends in U.S military intelligence who did it.Is it worth your 20 and,importantly, your precious time to read this book No, because the author feels that he can just ignore 49 years of very fine research into the JFK assassination pretend this massive amount of quality research just does not exist.The Warren Report farce has not just been machine gun riddled, shot up like Swiss Cheese It has been put into a blender Killing Kennedy It was Lyndon Johnson, Texas oil executives their friends in U.S military intelligence who did it.Is it worth your 20 and,importantly, your precious time to read this book No, because the author feels that he can just ignore 49 years of very fine research into the JFK assassination pretend this massive amount of quality research just does not exist.The Warren Report farce has not just been machine gun riddled, shot up like Swiss Cheese It has been put into a blender and sliced up into a fine puree, distilled possibly approaching pure methane at the molecular level.Who killed John Kennedy It was It was Lyndon Johnson, Texas oil executives allied with LBJ their friends in U.S military intelligence who did it for a variety of reasons both personal ideological LBJ, Hoover, Allen Dulles, H.L Hunt, Clint Murchison Sr, D H Byrd, Nelson Rockefeller and George Herbert Walker Bush are all very likely inner circle plotters to murder John Kennedy You can add to that Gen Curtis LeMay and most especially Gen Edward Lansdale who was identified at Dealey Plaza by 2 of his peers Col Fletcher Prouty and Gen Victor Krulak.Lansdale ran Operation Mongoose for the Kennedys and later said it was one of the most frustrating experiences he ever had U.S military intelligence used anti Castro Cubans and their affiliated CIA operatives to murder JFK Anger and rage over Cuba policy was a very big reason for the JFK assassination.As was the fact that the Kennedys were within days of the political execution and personal destruction of VP Lyndon Johnson who they despised who had blackmailed his way onto the 1960 Democratic ticket see Evelyn Lincoln, Hy Raskin, Clark Clifford Pierre Salinger for that.What this book proves is that it is still not socially or politically acceptable to tell the truth about the JFK assassination 49 years after that assassination of democracy in America The reason for that is the truth discredits US political leadership of both major parties for the past 49 years The reputations of Lyndon Johnson, Gerald Ford, George Herbert Walker Bush, Richard Nixon would all be fatally tarnished by frank and honest discussion of what happened in Dallas on 11 22 63 and who helped to cover it Ford, Nixon and why.JFK assassination truth discredits the leadership at the highest levels of the Democratic Republican party, the government, the CIA controlled media, the FBI, the CIA, the US military, every single newspaper in America and their editorial boards and every history and political science department of every major university.JFK assassination truth also discredits the NYT, Wash Post, WSJ, USA Today, LIFE, ABC News, CBS, NBC and CNN JFK assassination truth also discredits the heavily CIA influenced Council on Foreign Relations and many of the political and historical commentators you see on TV and in the marquee spots in newspapers.On June 30, 2009, President Obama had a private dinner with 9 top presidential historians Michael Beschloss CFR , H W Brands, Douglas Brinkley CFR , Robert Caro, Robert Dallek, Doris Kearns Goodwin, David Kennedy, Kenneth Mack, and Garry Wills As with Bill O Reilly, I have never heard any of these reputable scholars say anything credible about the JFK assassination In the case of Doris, it might be because she used to hop in bed with Lyndon Johnson who once asked to marry her I don t know what Lady Bird would have done Throw rice at the wedding of LBJ and Doris Read Sally Quinn s blockbuster article on Doris in the Wash Post 8 24 75 entitled A Tale of Hearts and Minds Ditto Larry Sabato, Chuck Todd of NBC Michael Barone those men all feed disinformation on the JFK assassination It is all about the power of tyranny to make black seem white, white seem black, up seem down and down seem up.O Reilly s treatment of US intelligence agent Oswald is truly pathetic Oswald was a fake defector to Russia and when he came back he assumed a phony persona of a pro Castro Marxist as he worked for intelligence operatives rightwingers such as David Atlee Phillips and the ultra rightist Guy Bannister in New Orleans.In order to understand how and why O Reilly puts out such junk still covering for the murderers of John Kennedy one has to understand the story of the Emperor s New Clothes That is the one where the young kid points out the Emperor is butt naked while all the finest townspeople doctors, lawyers, businessmen, FOX News personalities are busy praising the Emperor s phantom clothes.O Reilly works for Roger Ailes at FOX Roger Ailes is very close friends with George Herbert Walker Bush, who I think is one of the inner circle perps in the JFK assassination GHW Bush is one record as saying he can t remember where he was on the day of the JFK assassination somewhere down he Texas he thinks That is absurb it s like Rudy Guiliani saying he can t remember where he was on 9 11 GHW Bush was staying in the old Dallas Sheraton Hotel we know that for a fact.GHW Bush is also very close to the anti Castro Cuban radicals and he even pardoned one of their top anti Castro terrorists Orlando Bosch Actually Bush commuted his sentence, a de facto pardon and he let Bosch out of jail.So O Reilly may very well be one person removed from a murderer of JFK I think so The political and social pressure for O Reilly is to remain stupid about the JFK assassination.If JFK truth were told you would not have had GWB as president for 2 terms, not have GWB and Jeb as governors of Texas Florida respectively, not have Jeb on the presidential stage in 2016, not have his son George P Bush trying to launch a career in Texas politics.The other book to read in order to understand why Bill O Reilly and the rest of the media treat the JFK assassination such a patently dishonest, absurd fashion is Obedience to Authority by Stanley Milgram That is the man who did experiments getting subjects to electrically shock victims because authority figures told them to do so.That is key to understanding the JFK assassination and why the cover up endures 49 years later journalists, including the play acting dumb Bill O Reilly at the risks of some hoots from a discredited establishment need to start assimilating into their books and narratives the very fine body of research that now exists on the JFK assassination from authors and researchers such as Phillip Nelson, Walt Brown, Ed Tatro, Joachim Joesten, Craig Zirbel, Noel Twyman, Doug Horne, David Lifton, Joan Mellon, Harry Livingstone, Barr McClellan, Madeleine Duncan Brown, Billie Sol Estes, James Tague, Connie Kritzberg, Thomas Buchanan, Anthony Summers, Vincent Salandria, Martin Schotz, Michael Morrisey, John Newman, Jerry Policoff, Gaeton Fonzi, Dick Russell, Russ Baker, Bruce Campbell Adamson, Wim Dankbaar, Rodney Stich, Judyth Vary Baker, Mark Lane, James Douglass, Casey Quinlan, Fletcher Prouty, Jim Garrison, Larry Hancock, Fabian Escalante, Robert Groden, Charles Crenshaw, Oliver Stone, Ed Haslam, Harry Yardum, Robert Gaylon Ross, Jim Marrs, George Michael Evica, Gary Shaw, Craig Ciccone, James Fetzer, Vince Palamara, William Turner, Penn Jones, William Turner, and John Judge.Jim DiEugenio needs to be read on JFK s very dovish foreign policy and the possible role of Allen Dulles in helping to orchestrate the JFK assassination.You can read legendary JFK researcher Bruce Campbell Adamson, Russ Baker, Wim Dankbaar and Paul Kangas on the likely role of CIA George Herbert Walker Bush in the JFK assassination Years later, when he was running for President, George Herbert Walker Bush would claim that he never made the call Documents were then produced that refreshed his memory He also claimed that he did not remember where he was the day John F Kennedy was killed somewhere in Texas, he said George Bush is possibly the only person on the planet who did not recall his whereabouts that day Kitty Kelley, The Family The Real Story of the Bush Dynasty, pp 212 213 As for Oswald being U.S intelligence a critical point that is completely missed by O Reilly Dugard, read 1 Oswald and the CIA book by John Newman2 Spy Saga Lee Harvey Oswald and US Intelligence book by Philip Melanson 3 History Will Not Absolve Us by Martin Schotz Chapter 5 Oswald and U.S Intelligence by Christopher Sharrett 4 Me and Lee book by Judyth Vary Baker Oswald s mistress in New Orleans, summer 1963 5 A Certain Arrogance U.S Intelligence s Manipulation of Religious Groups and Individuals in Two World Wars and the Cold War and the Sacrificing of Lee Harvey Oswald book by George Michael Evica6 Accessories After the Fact by Sylvia Meagher, Chapter 19 Oswald and the State Department 7 Coup D Etat in America The CIA and the Assassination of John F Kennedy by Alan Weberman Michael Canfield, Chapter 3 Was Oswald a CIA Agent 8 Oswald in New Orleans Case for Conspiracy with the CIA by Harold Weisberg9 Chapter 9 Fingerprints of Intelligence in Reasonable Doubt by Henry Hurt10 Chapter 14 Oswald and the CIA in Oswald Assassin or Fall Guy by Joachim Joesten11 Google Lee Harvey Oswald s reading habits summer 1963 by Judyth Vary BakerWell, by this time, you may have noticed that I haven t talked much about Bill O Reilly s book That is because O Reilly writes a book of 325 pages and he does not talk much about Killing Kennedy how or why it happened.Someone needs to As he demonstrates on FOX News, Mr O Reilly has trouble separating historical fact from hearsay, history from his own prejudices I read his previous book, Killing Lincoln, a year or so ago and while it did not contain much in the way of new information as it claimed, the book was actually well written and held my interest Killing Kennedy did neither In the introduction, Mr O Reilly claims he will cut through the fog and bring you the facts Facts, to Mr O Reilly are whatever he chooses to b As he demonstrates on FOX News, Mr O Reilly has trouble separating historical fact from hearsay, history from his own prejudices I read his previous book, Killing Lincoln, a year or so ago and while it did not contain much in the way of new information as it claimed, the book was actually well written and held my interest Killing Kennedy did neither In the introduction, Mr O Reilly claims he will cut through the fog and bring you the facts Facts, to Mr O Reilly are whatever he chooses to believe, and the rest of the book is a fog machine He has an annoying repetitive quirk of continually attempting to tantalize us with little did they know, but this would be JFK s last birthday little did they know but JFK only had 9 months to live little did they know, but this would be the last tie JFK ever bought He doesn t ever stop He ends each chapter with this cheap device that just doesn t work You want to toss the book out the window Perhaps most annoying of all is Mr O Reilly is obsessed with JFK s sex life This is totally irrelevant to Killing Kennedy unless Mr O Reilly is trying to claim that good old JFK screwed himself to death I thought Mr O Reilly was a blowhard commentator but a good writer I was only half right I read Killing Patton The Strange Death of World War II s Most Audacious General and thought it a good and thought provoking book Could I, I would give this book maybe a half star less, but that could be subjective Mr O Reilly tells us that there s nothing new here as he openshe s right So let me say this, if you were born too late to actually remember the events recounted in this book it will be farvaluable than it will to those of us who remember them There are events in history I read Killing Patton The Strange Death of World War II s Most Audacious General and thought it a good and thought provoking book Could I, I would give this book maybe a half star less, but that could be subjective Mr O Reilly tells us that there s nothing new here as he openshe s right So let me say this, if you were born too late to actually remember the events recounted in this book it will be farvaluable than it will to those of us who remember them There are events in history that burn themselves into the brain and forever after you will remember where you were when you learned of them For my parents it was Perl Harbor For the current generation it s 9 11 For us it s the assassination of John F Kennedy.I was on the stairs of my school when someone rushed up to me and told me the president had been killed.Mr O Reilly and Mr Dugard lead us through the events of the three years of JFK s administration, some of the background and life of Lee Harvey Oswald, Jack Ruby and others whose lives intersect with these events.There are of course large numbers of conspiracy theories surrounding the president s death Mr O Reilly gives a bare nod to these but on the whole they are simply discounted and the story we get is the one history has recorded There may be a few times when some of Mr O Reilly s bias peaks throughbut not often.So, if your knowledge of these events is skimpy then read this one It s a good complete account concerning the facts of the events Tthe 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 aftermathIn January , 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 Allen 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 KennedyIn the midst of acampaign 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 custodyThe events leading up to the most notorious crime of the twentieth century are almost as shocking as the assassination itself As expected, didn t learn anything new, but a quick, entertaining read. The man is a bonafide douchecanoe but he can write compelling accounts of world events This was really fascinating. Great non fiction that felt like a novel about JFK and his assassination There might not be a lot of new material, but it was a great refresher Actually I did learn several things I didn t know and made me want to learn evenMy parents were teens young adults when he was killed and could tell me exactly where they were when they heard the news Highly recommend to anyone wanting an entertaining short version on the details of the JFK murder.