The End of Camelot
Henry Holt & Company, Hardcover, 9780805096668, 325pp.
Publication Date: October 2, 2012
A riveting historical narrative of the shocking events surrounding the assassination of John F. Kennedy, and the follow-up to mega-bestselling author Bill O'Reilly's "Killing Lincoln"
More than a million readers have thrilled to Bill O'Reilly's "Killing Lincoln," the page-turning work of nonfiction about the shocking assassination that changed the course of American history. Now the 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 aftermath.
In January 1961, 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 Alan 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 Kennedy.
In the midst of a 1963 campaign 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 custody.
The events leading up to the most notorious crime of the twentieth century are almost as shocking as the assassination itself. "Killing Kennedy" chronicles both the heroism and deceit of Camelot, bringing history to life in ways that will profoundly move the reader. This may well be the most talked about book of the year.
Journalist and sportswriter Martin Dugard has covered adventure racing since its inception. Well known for his reporting of endurance sports events, he is a frequent contributor to "Sports Illustrated, GQ, Esquire, " and other magazines, as well as the author of two previous books. Also a marathoner and triathlete, Dugard is a coholder of the around-the-world speed record. He and his family live in Orange County, California.
"Immersively written . . . Mr. O’Reilly and Mr. Dugard succeed in investing a familiar national tragedy with fresh anguish. . . A powerful historical précis." —Janet Maslin, The New York Times
"All the suspense and drama of a popular thriller."—Husna Haq, The Christian Science Monitor