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Books, Dogs, and Other Blogs

“The books that the world calls immoral are books that show the world its own shame.”

 

Currently reading

Drums of Autumn
Diana Gabaldon
The Counter-Revolution of 1776: Slave Resistance and the Origins of the United States of America
Gerald Horne
Clued In: How to Keep Customers Coming Back Again and Again (paperback)
Lewis Carbone

There were definitely things I learned.

Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot - Bill O'Reilly;Martin Dugard

There were definitely things I learned in this book about the JFK administration, as well as lot of social/historical background.  Also some information about Oswald, although JFK was definitely the main focus of the book.  Plus lots of great photographs, which I always enjoy.

 

Minus one star for the JFK assassination being presented as a totally open and shut case.  There was only a mention or two of a possible conspiracy, but these were quickly written off and explained away. 

 

Minus one star for the writing.  I like non-fiction history that reads like a novel, but I want it to read like a good novel.  There was a lot of sort of cheesy cliffhanger statements throughout the book, which I didn't feel was necessary.  I know JFK is going to die, and I know exactly when.  No need to foreshadow for me.  I wonder how much of the writing style is attributed to Bill O'Reilly, and how much to Martin Dugard.  But, it did present a lot of historical information in a concise, easy to read way, which I appreciate.

 

I would read Killing Lincoln, but don't feel the need to immediately dive in.