In his most recent book regarding the assassination of a president, Bill O’Rielly and co-author take readers behind the scenes of the enchanting world of Camelot. This book I found to be a quick and informative read, except for the complete oversight regarding the Zapruder film and other multiple shooter theories, a straight-shooting portrayal of JFK. I enjoyed the feeling of what it must be like to be the president of the United States.
O’Reilly’s logic is straightforward – the Warren Commission fully explained the assassination of JFK. He states that the loner Oswald murdered JFK, was seen coming down the stairwell, fled the scene, killed a cop, and then was found hiding in the theater. I was almost completely persuaded if it was not for the Zapruder film showing JFK being hit from the front as his head is flung backwards.
I was first impressed with JFK’s service in WW2 as a commander of a PT-109 – a mini torpedo boat. The boat was sunk and the chapter deals with him and his crew attempting to survive in the open ocean and being stranded on a beach. I was struck that he kept a coconut as a visual reminder of the ordeal.
Another interesting tidbit was JFK and Martin Luther King Jr’s insatiable desire to have sex. These two men who shaped the mid 20th century had a vociferous sexual appetite toward women.
Another tidbit that I had forgot was that from the Mafia, Khrushchev, Fidel Castro, and perhaps even Lyndon Johnson, O’Reilly makes a pretty clear case that there were many that had a personal issues against JFK.
No doubt about it, JFK’s presidency intrigues me and I can’t wait till all the files are made public.
Oh yeah, read this book if you are interested in history.