Kennedy Book Review

Topics: John F. Kennedy, John F. Kennedy assassination, Lyndon B. Johnson Pages: 3 (941 words) Published: February 6, 2013
Killing Kennedy by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard book critic
After Bill O’Reilly’s great success with “Killing Lincoln” released last year he thought to tackle yet another on of our great presidents who was also assassinated. “Killing Kennedy” gives America a close look at the 3 years John Fitzgerald Kennedy was in office. The book dives into not only his life as President of the U.S but also his personal life with Jackie and their two children Caroline and John. This account of the Presidents final years uses very specific details that were followed up by extensive research. Mostly done by the cowriter Martin Dugard.

The book is split into three sections, the first two deal directly with his life in Office and personal life. The final section directly focusing on the events preceding and post assassination. In about every chapter a glimpse of Lee Harvey Oswald is shown. The book simultaneously elaborates on Kennedys life and Oswalds side by side. Oswald is portrayed as a lost man who actually does not have a pure hatred for the President. However Oswald yearns to be a “Good Man” someone remembered like Kennedy was. O’Reilly shows us a close look into Oswald’s personal life, through his wife and two children. The assassination of Kennedy was not the first planned by Oswald. In 1962 his target was Major General Ted Walker an avoid anticommunist. Oswald fired a shot but the bullet completely missed Walker. This embarrassment was why Oswald was sure he would not fail in Killing the President. On November 22nd, 1963 three shots were fired to make sure that his target was hit. The book shows the good and the bad of Kennedy. Shining a harsh light on the “Bay of Pigs” affair that was a major downfall in Kennedy’s years in office. Also not steering away from the unfavorable truth of his many affairs while married to Jackie. However amongst those indiscretions John and Jackie Kennedy were Americas most loved couple. Their love for each other and their...
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