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Kennedy's Last Days: The Assassination That Defined a Generation

4.14 of 5 stars 4.14  ·  rating details  ·  321 ratings  ·  61 reviews
On a sunny day in Dallas, Texas, at the end of a campaign trip, President John Fitzgerald Kennedy is assassinated by an angry, lonely drifter named Lee Harvey Oswald. The former Marine Corps sharpshooter escapes briefly, but is hunted down, captured, and then shot dead while in police custody.

Kennedy's Last Days is a gripping account of the events leading up to the most no
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Hardcover, 336 pages
Published June 11th 2013 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
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Mark
I don't agree with much of what O'Reilly has to say, but I have to admit that he writes a thorough, engaging book. This is a younger readers' companion to his adult bestseller, and a title that should be in every school library. Very comprehensive and straight-forward, with excellent research and resources.
Claire
A good summary of "Killing Kennedy". Adapted for young adults, or adults like me that want to read the book but are short on time!
Logan Meador
This book was a very good book. In the beginning of the book he introduces explains what happened when he was in the marines. Towards the middle of the book it explains the way that Lee Harvey Oswald got to the place where he shot Kennedy. Closer to the end it gets into some detail on how and what happened when he is shot. Over all, I thought that this was a good book.
Keeganw
The authors main idea in this book is to inform people around the world about who JFK really was. The setting in this book varied from the battle field to dinner with his family. This book is more of a book about facts about JFK and his assassin which means it does not have a perspective of a person. This entire book takes you through most of president JFK's life. It also takes you through the life of Lee Harvey Oswald, Kennedy's assassin. This book all lead up to the assassination and what happ ...more
Wade
Nicely done! A quick read and very informative. I didn't know it was Juvenile literature when I acquired it, but it was still a good read. I've asked a lot of people who were alive back then, and they all remember the details as well as I remember 9/11...and where I was, and what I was doing at the time. I'm going to preview "Lincoln's Last Days" and hope to use it in my classes when we get to that era.
Kimberly
It’s 1961. On TV is a talking horse named Mr. Ed. For 50 cents, you could go to the movies and see Disney’s newest movie, 101 Dalmations. Fruit Loops cereal was new, and James and the Giant Peach was a best-selling book. The Blackhawks beat the Red Wings to win the Stanley Cup. And a candy bar costs 5 cents.
On January 20, 1961, the country witnessed his inauguration as our 35th President. And less than 3 years later, they would witness his assassination.
But what happened during the 2 years he w
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Jacob Biggs
This book was great, I like American history. This book was very helpful about Kennedy and his final days. Most history book get boring but this book was the opposite.

It begans as Kennedy becoming president. It then talks about his childhood and him as a soilder. We won a medal by saving him fellow soilders. A couple after that he tries for president. Then talks about Cuba and Russia. Finally it talks about Kennedy's assassination.

I rate this book a 4/5 because it was my favorite book but it
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Krys Gut
Interesting read on the pivitol days of Kennedy’s presidency including the Bay of Pigs debacle. During the Cuban Missile Crisis, Kennedy’s strength and resolve were powerfully presented.

I very much appreciated the background on how much the secret service respected their ‘boss,’ but I would have appreciated more information on how these devoted individuals could have allowed such a risk in Dallas. However, the only explanation presented was that Oswald was the sole shooter. No mention of the co
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Richie Partington
Richie's Picks: KENNEDY'S LAST DAYS: THE ASSASSINATION THAT DEFINED A GENERATION by Bill O'Reilly, Henry Holt, June 2013, 336p., ISBN: 978-0-8050-9802-0

"And the night comes again to the circle studded sky
The stars settle slowly, in loneliness they lie
'Till the universe explodes as a falling star is raised
Planets are paralyzed, the mountains are amazed
But they all glow brighter from the brilliance of the blaze
With the speed of insanity, then he dies."
-- Phil Ochs, "The Crucifixion" (1965)

As we c
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Gerald Kinro
I read the author’s “Killing Kennedy” before this one, and therefore cannot give this a higher rating. Much of the prose used in this version is the same, however. This book is a more condensed version of the Kennedy assassination. He gives background information on what made Kennedy so popular and then went into the events that led to that fatal November day. This one is more like a large “Life Magazine” article with many wonderful pictures. The detail is not as great as in “Killing Kennedy.” O ...more
Steven Howes
I probably would have given this book a somewhat higher rating had I not already read the author's previous book, "Killing Kennedy" which I thought was pretty good. This book is a "Reader's Digest' version of the first one and if you have read it, I wouldn't bother with this one. However, if, like me, you are intrigued with the Kennedy Assassination and lived through it, this book might be a good way to refresh your memory; especially since this year is the 50th anniversary. On the other hand, t ...more
Red
It was interesting to hear about Kennedy's brave military service. I had assumed he & his family all rode rich Daddy Joe's coattails. I now understand Kennedy's connections to the Boston mob. However fellow Catholic O'Reilly shows Kennedy in an ultra positive light being the 1st Catholic to be elected as the U.S. President.
O'Reilly fails to explain that with Kennedy's back injury and constant excruciating pain how did he manage to entertain all of his girlfriends at the Whitehouse while Jack
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Michelle Neuwirth Gray
I really enjoyed reading this book. It had a nice parallel between what JFK and Oswald were doing during the same time frame and then leading up to the assassination. I also liked all the photos that were included in this book.
Boyd
A really good book! Informative yet easy to read with lots of great photographs and other visuals. The book really explores Lee Harvey Oswald and the assassination of JFK. I felt like I learned a lot in an entertaining way.
Lauren
I actually enjoyed this book quite a bit. With all the photos and illustrations it ends up being a very quick read. It's adapted from Bill O’Reilly’s Killing Kennedy. I enjoyed O'Reilly's Killing Lincoln so when I saw this on sale at Costco, I grabbed it. Despite all that's been written about the Kennedy assassination, I still learned new details about both Kennedy and Lee Harvey Oswald. I also appreciated that it stuck to facts and didn't go down the conspiracy road for which, quite frankly, I' ...more
Cherie Reeves
I don't necessarily agree follow Bill O'Reily, but I certainly enjoy his books. This one does not disappoint. Story leading up to Kennedy's last days,
Heidi
This adaptation of O'Reilly's "Killing Kennedy" is meant for young people and as such it covers the events leading up to the day our 35th president was assasinated with adequate depth to satisfy any teen inquiry. From the background on the military exploits of both Lee Havey Oswald and John F. Kennedy to the failed invasion of Cuba at the Bay of Pigs and the aftermath of the death of JFK, this book is full of tidbits that will be previously unknown to many readers. I would've liked to have seen ...more
Kristi Jo
This book was very descriptive. It is na good book to read if you like history. I LOOOOOOOVVEE HISTORY AND JFK
Linda Wells
Kennedy's Last Days is a well-written book that describes President John Kennedy'srise to the presidency,the years of his presidency and events leading up to his assasination. The story of his bravery as a PT boat captain in World War II is included as well. This unbiased account of our youngest president allows the reader to see the man inside the political office and a look at his private life as well.
From his bravery in WWII to facing the Cuban missile crisis, he served with distinction and g
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EParkinson
I absolutely loved this book. I cannot express enough how much emotion it invoked from me. I kept wondering "What if" throughout the book trying to figure out how our country would be different if JFK had lived. I cried quite a bit too, especially thinking about Jackie Kennedy and her children after the loss of her husband. Although I was not born yet when JFK was president, I wish I could go back in time and experience the "Camelot" years. The use of images and pictures throughout the book only ...more
Pam
After reading Swanson's book on the same topic (for young adults) I found that I liked Swanson's book better though both books offer some different information. This starts out a little slow and dry but picks up rather quickly. O'Reilly does help one understand the anguish Kennedy felt over the Bay of Pigs and the Civil Rights Movement. The assassination receives a good amount of attention and offers the horrific feelings the family must have felt. I was not crazy about the info on the author at ...more
Holly
O'Reilly just has a way of writing history to make it sound so authentic! Love it!
James
I enjoyed the book....quick read.

Was actually looking to read the book that this was adapted from -- Killing Kennedy by Bill O'Reilly, but the pictures and other pieces of media in this version were a nice addition.

What I found most interesting were some of the background details on Oswald. That he had a wife and children was something I never expected, and his motivations as laid out in the book were interesting to learn.
Heather
Overall, I thought this book was well done. It was engaging and I when I finished it, I felt I had learned something - which is what I'm looking for on a nonfiction book. I had three minor issues with the book though. Personally, I didn't care for the present tense in much of the writing. I found the rather many afterwards a bit distracting and I was mildly disappointed that while the author alluded to the conspiracy theories that still dour round the shooting, he did not a address them head on. ...more
Kris Laabs malmberg
I listened to the audio of this book. It was a quick interesting read. If you have read anything about Kennedy there is really not anything new but the way it is told is interesting.
Kelly W
Very informative. What a tragic loss.
Michelle
Good summary of killing Kennedy. A little bit of new info also.
Ryan
A fairly good synopsis of the highlights of Kennedy's life.
Holly Foley (Procida)
A super common topic for people of my parents' generation is "Where were you when Kennedy got shot?" I can relate to the World Trade Center Crisis as a similar "World Changing Event." This book gives fascinating backstory on his killer as well as valuable insight into the actions and reactions of important people immediately following the assassination. I was able to preview the "Newseum" display in Washington DC this spring. The Kennedy family is so elegant and tragic.
Timothy Clark
I just read a amazing book.Kennedy's last days by Bill O'Reilly.It starts out with JFK crashing a plane. Then he get's into politics. I like that they give a little bit a his day in the oval office. I love that they told us what he did in the morning. I didn't like that it was slow at the beginning. One of the strength is that it had a lot of information.

If you like informational books you will love this book. Or if you something about the presidents.
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Bill O'Reilly is an American television/radio host, author, syndicated columnist, and political commentator. He is the host of the cable news program The O'Reilly Factor. Prior to hosting The O'Reilly Factor, he served as anchor of the entertainment program, Inside Edition.

O'Reilly also hosts The Radio Factor, a radio program syndicated by Westwood One, and he has written seven books.

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