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Kennedy's Last Days: The Assassination That Defined a Generation Hardcover – June 11, 2013


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 - 18 years
  • Grade Level: 5 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 1050L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR); First Edition edition (June 11, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080509802X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805098020
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.1 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (168 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #75,107 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gr 5-9-This adaptation of O'Reilly and Martin Dugard's Killing Kennedy (Holt, 2012) retains the adult version's brief chapters and "you are there" style. It opens with O'Reilly's memories of the day his high-school class learned of the events of November 22, 1963, and then briefly describes the backgrounds of the president and the assassin. Most of the book, however, follows the parallel paths of Kennedy and Oswald as they approach the fateful day in Dallas, describing the most important aspects of Kennedy's presidency and life, contrasting them with Oswald's radical beliefs, myriad failures, and growing isolation. O'Reilly discusses both men's personal lives but omits details of Kennedy's sexual escapades and Oswald's marriage found in the adult version. He gives an hour-by-hour account of the day and the assassination, and Oswald's capture and subsequent murder, and evaluates Kennedy's legacy. An afterword relates the post-assassination fates of major characters, and back matter provides primary-source documents, source information, and an overview of the Warren Commission's investigation. The well-captioned photos and maps that appear on almost every page are a major strength of the book. YA titles such as Wilborn Hampton's Kennedy Assassinated! (Candlewick, 1997) offer similar, detailed accounts of the assassination, but readers will find O'Reilly's readable style and juxtaposition of Kennedy's and Oswald's lives to be appealing. The popularity of the adult title will drive interest, but this book is strong enough to draw its own audience. An excellent choice for middle-school libraries.-Mary Mueller, Rolla Public Schools, MOα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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The book was easy reading, great pictures.
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Excellent book....I am a huge fan of Bill O'Reilly and he did the Kennedy's nothing but justice.
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34 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Geraldine Ahearn TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 11, 2013
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This riveting account of the horrific assassination of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy is adapted from Bill O'Reilly's bestselling "Killing Kennedy." This fascinating, illustrated edition is designed for age 10 and over. The author chronicles a valuable, historical narrative of the tragedy that not only changed my generation, but the entire nation. Bill O'Reilly presents information on the shocking events leading to the assassination, the political crisis JFK was facing, and life of JFK and his family in the public eye. In addition, the author describes an angry drifter, known as Lee Harvey Oswald, who was taken into police custody while accused of the most notorious crime of the twentieth century. The prime suspect escapes, is captured, then shot dead, and I remember quite well watching the TV with my dad as Oswald fell to the ground. This horrifying event repeated itself on the News, as much as the chaos of the scene of JFK in the car, after the shooting. One of the worst memories planted in my mind was JFK's funeral, with his wife and two very young helpless children as they stood in silence, while the entire country mourned. One of my best memories of when JFK took office was looking forward to his brother visiting my school, and always viewing the passion JFK had for his children. Bill O'Reilly describes in detail a gripping, thrilling story of a day that marked history as it shed darkness into the world. In conclusion, he also highlights a brave leader, a hero, and a President who wanted to make the world a better place to live in. My dad never forgot Pearl Harbor, my daughters will never forget 9/11 and I remember November 22, 1963, as if it were yesterday.Read more ›
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By William Hunter on April 5, 2014
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Much less than I expected. Not much more than reading a newspaper article. Waste of time. No need to buy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Pepper Mintz on November 9, 2013
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This 300 page book is largely photographs and large print text. I am sure that the print could have fit on less than half the pages. However, this did make it a quick and easy read. I read it in an afternoon. I learned a few things I did not know about Kennedy's last days but was hoping for a little more controversy.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Fern on July 28, 2013
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This is written for young people, but a senior I enjoyed it very much. Wonderful presentation of the history and the pictures are excellent. O'Reilly's ability to present the story in such an interesting way makes reading history a pleasure.
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9 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Jim Kimbrough on October 20, 2013
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This book is a poor repeat of the book Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot. There is little new information in this sub-par release and in my opinion was released solely for additional revenue for Bill O'Reilly's charities. The photographs are worthless when reading the book on a Kindle. This book was a waste of my time and money.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Robert F. Cooper on July 21, 2013
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Brings things together in like that the author gives you detail information about every day life at that time so the ones not old enough to remember can get a feel for that time in history
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Virginia Comiciotto on July 31, 2014
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Purchased for a 10-year old and he loved it. Finished the book in just two days which says a lot. It has to be great to hold the attention of a child who would rather go fishing than anything else!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MarionZambory on December 19, 2013
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My grandsons are 8 and 13, and both became immensley interested in learning about JFK's assassination. I bought this for the 13 year old, who had read O'Reilly's original Killing Kennedy. The 8 year old grabbed it and refused to put it down at bed time. He is always resistant to do his required 20 minute reading each night. For some one this young who is interested in history it was able to be grasped and understood. I do believe it's targeted for kids in Middle School and certainly comprehendable for that age group. But as I mentioned, for those interested kids that are younger it was a book that was understood, informative and enjoyable. I have found that based on both boys interest in the subject that I have purchased several more JFK materials including Oliver Stone's JFK DVD and the documentary Executive Action which was from 1974.
I would encourage grandparents (my age group) to pass along this subject matter to any receptive grandchildren, and to even encourage those who have not had a lot of exposure to this most dramatic period in our country's history. I'm thrilled 'my boys' eat it up like they do.
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More About the Author

For more than 13 years Bill O'Reilly has presided over The O'Reilly Factor on the FOX News Channel, the highest rated cable news program frequently topping news shows offered by broadcast networks. Often referred to as the most talked about, most controversial TV journalist today, he is a three-time Emmy Award winner as well as the recipient of a Governor's Award from the Boston/New England chapter of the prestigious National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Before becoming executive producer and anchor of The Factor, as his fans sometimes call it, he served as national correspondent for ABC News and as anchor of the nationally syndicated news magazine program Inside Edition. He is the author of numerous mega-bestsellers, the most recent of which was Bold Fresh Piece of Humanity, a deeply personal and revealing memoir that has sold more than 1 million copies and comfortably rested high up on the New York Times bestseller list for more than 52 weeks, as well as four previous non-fiction works, all of which went to #1 on that same list. In addition, The O'Reilly Factor for Kids outsold all other children's non-fiction titles in 2005. All in all, more than 5 million copies of Bill's books are in circulation. He holds master's degrees from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government and Boston University. Asked about his proudest professional achievement Bill has said, "The millions of dollars we are able to give to charity."

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