Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard

November 2013 marked the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F Kennedy. I remember the day and I remember the long processional and funeral. I was nine and watched on my families black and white TV. Our entire country was in shock and in mourning.

I had an opportunity to read “Killing Kennedy” and must admit the book gave me an entirely different perspective on the time and turmoil in our nation’s history, the President, and other political personalities of the day. I found myself saying, “I didn’t know that.” “Not our president.” “That can’t be right.” But in each case, O’Reilly and Dugard site sources for the content of each chapter.

The Cold War, the Cuban Missile Crisis, Kennedy’s effort to control communism, the early days of our involvement in Vietnam and racial tension including Martin Luther King’s “I’ve Got a Dream” speech at the Washington Monument, help set the scene as a turbulent time in our history. Nude swimming, infidelity, potential ties to the mob and Marilyn Monroe, muddy the water.

I only mention with disgust because they were key players in this drama: Lee Harvey Oswald – assassin and Jack Ruby, night club owner – assassin’s assassin.

Reading there were two shots and the Secret Service took the body and wouldn’t let the Dallas coroner do an autopsy, leave me wondering if there were two shooters. We’ll never know.

If you like history, I recommend you read the book.

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