Killing Kennedy : The End Of Camelot Essay

1069 Words Jun 28th, 2016 5 Pages
Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot written by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard tells the riveting story of John F. Kennedy’s presidency and eventual assassination. This three hundred thirty-six page book was published by Henry Holt in 2012. Killing Kennedy: The end of Camelot is written in such a way that the reader almost begins to forget that it is a nonfiction work. It causes the reader to keep turning page after page to see what happens next. The book begins by telling the story of how John Kennedy cheated death when he was in the service. He and the others on the boat PT-109 ended up stranded on an island in the Pacific. Kennedy’s courage to swim for hours allowed him to get a cryptic message to the navy so that they could be saved. This becomes a bit of a main idea in the book. That is, how John Kennedy was able to cheat death before his assassination. After O’Reilly and Dugard introduce one way that Kennedy had cheated death, they begin to introduce other characters set in February of 1961. This includes Lee Harvey Oswald, who will end Kennedy’s streak of luck against death. Jackie Kennedy, Bobby Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, and Marina Oswald, Lee Harvey’s wife, are also introduced. As the book progresses sequentially, important historical events and ideas are discussed. The failed Bay of Pigs invasion, the United State’s space race with the Soviet Union, civil rights, and the Cuban missile crisis are all discussed. Events important to Kennedy’s eventual assassination,…

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