Friday, July 19, 2013

Kennedy's Last Days

Kennedy's Last Days
by Bill O'Reilly

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 notorious crime of the twentieth century. Author Bill O’Reilly vividly describes the Kennedy family’s life in the public eye, the crises facing the president around the world and at home, the nation’s growing fascination with their vigorous, youthful president, and finally, the shocking events leading up to his demise.

Adapted from Bill O’Reilly’s best-selling historical thriller Killing Kennedy, with an unforgettable cast of characters, page-turning action, and art on every spread, Kennedy’s Last Days is history that reads like a thriller. This exciting book will captivate adults and young readers alike. (description from

I'm actually surprised about how much I learned about JFK from this short book. Did you know that he was a speed reader? Did you know that JFK had no intention to go into politics? He wanted to be a reporter. Did you know that he had to do physical therapy every day for his back because he'd injured it in a war?

No? I didn't either.

This book is short and engagingly informative. There are some great photos that match up to the stories that show exactly how JFK became President of the United States. I also really enjoyed how the story alternates between describing JFK's history and then Lee Harvey Oswald's.

If you like history, but don't want to read a "text" book, this would be a great choice.

Full disclosure: Audio book received from SLJ for review

1 comment:

  1. I knew about the back injury! Now I have to figure out why. I'll definitely have to take a look at this one.