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A complete waste of money
on 9 November 2012
I bought this book based on the reviews of the previous book by the same authors - "Killing Lincoln". According to the Associated Press, O'Reilly had previously said "Killing Kennedy" will "answer many questions" about the death of JFK, who was murdered on Nov. 22, 1963.
Well let me assure you of one thing, the book answers no such questions. If it had been written in 1965 the members of the Warren Commission would have been rubbing their hands with glee. As for the painstaking research and interviews that the authors were supposed to have undertaken then for the life of me I cannot see any results of their undertakings included in the book. Oswald is simply confirmed as an out and out communist who defected to Russia and whose disillusionment with life in the USA (and Russia) led him to murder the President, and by the way Officer JD Tippit. None of the other possible suspects, and there are many, are even put in the frame for consideration in the murders.
The book is written in the style of a novel, with thoughts and words being put into the characters minds and mouths which could never be substantiated. There are one or two decent diagrams e.g. on the Bay of Pigs incident, but certainly not much else, unless you wish to read about Frank Sinatra, Marilyn Monroe, and some of the Kennedy family's personal lives. With all the genuine, valid, research that has been undertaken over the last 45 or so years into the Assassination by some very competent authors and historians, it is quite staggering how all the evidence that has been uncovered can simply be glossed over or totally ignored by the authors of this book.
Reference to material sources are virtually non-existent, being confined to about 5 pages at the end of a book of over 300 pages. Each chapter is simply given one short reference and I mean short. As an example, the sources for Chapters 13 and 14 are given in less than two lines each. This book is just a regurgitation of all the lies that were promulgated by the Warren Commission.
How the publishers, Macmillan, ever agreed to distribute the book is beyond me. I urge you not to waste £14, or any money come to that, on this worthless tome.