Reading Recommendations: Killing Kennedy, The End of Camelot, Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard.
More than two million readers have thrilled to Bill O'Reilly and historian Martin Dugard's Killing Lincoln, the riveting work of non fiction about the shocking assassination that changed the course of American history. Now the anchor of The O'Reilly Factor recounts in 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 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. His beautiful young wife, Jackie, must also adjust to a life of constant scrutiny. Despite personal and political trials, Kennnedy's approval ratings soar.
At the same time, JFK acquires a number of formidable enemies, among them Soviet leader Nikita Khrashchev, Cuban dictator Fidal Castro, and Allen Dulles, Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. When his brother, Attorney General Robert Kennedy, cracks down on powerful elements of organized crime, the list of those who have it in for the president grows.
Then, in the midst of a 1963 campaign trip to Texas, Kennedy is gunned down, resulting in national chaos. Jackie and the nation mourn while the hunt for the perpetrators commences.
The events leading up to the most notorious crime of the twentieth century are almost as shocking as the assassination itself. A page turner from beginning to end, Killing Kennedy chronicles both the heroism and deceit of Camelot, bringing history to life in ways that will profoundly move the reader.
And, A Cast of Killers, The Sensational True Story of Hollywood's Most Scandalous Murder, covered up for sixty years and solved at last by the great Film Director Vidor, Sidney D. Kirkpatrick.
On February 1, 1922, the distinguished silent film director William Desmond Taylor was shot to death in his Los Angeles bungalow by an unknown assailant. Reports of strange activities at the scene of the crime circulated soon after. When the police arrived, was the head of Paramount Studios burning a bundle of papers in the fireplace, and was a well-known actress searching the house for letters she claimed were hers? Despite a full scale investigation, the case was never solved; for sixty years it has remained a lingering Hollywood scandal.
In 1967, more than forty years after Taylor's death, the great King Vidor, whose directing credits include Northwest Passage, The Fountainhead, Duel in the Sun, and War and Peace, determined to solve the mystery, which had haunted him throughout his career, in order to make a film about it. Through his intimate knowledge of both the studios and the stars, he succeeded, where dozens of professional detectives had failed in discovering the identity of the murderer. But because his findings were so explosive, he decided he could never go public and locked his evidence away.
After Vidor's death in 1982, Sidney Kirkpatrick, Vidor's authorized biographer, gained access to the evidence and reconstructed the amazing story of Taylor's murder and Vidor's investigation. With a cast of suspects that includes the actress Mabel Normand, a reputed drug addict; the beautiful ingenue, Mary Miles Minter; Mary's domineering mother, Charlotte Shelby; Taylor's homosexual houseman, and Taylor's secretary, who bore an uncanny resemblance to Taylor's mysteriously elusive brother; this true crime story has all the elements of a classic murder mystery. Covered up for more than half a century, the full story can now be told in all its riveting, shocking detail.
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