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Book Reviews Robert R. Kracke Killing Lincoln: Th e Shocking Assassination Killing Kennedy: Th ese books note in a preface to the readers that both of them are true and factual. Of course, they are popular history and it should be noted that Lincoln and Kennedy had a lot in common: 1. One was elected in 1860, the other 1960. 2. Both were assassinated on a Friday. 3. Both of their successors were named Johnson. 4. Andrew Johnson was born in 1808. Lyndon Johnson was born in 1908. 5. Both men suff ered the death of a child while in offi ce. Th e parallels go on and on and each of these books will enrapture you with civil rights events which mesmerized a nation a century apart. Anyone born before 1953 knows exactly where they were when John F. Kennedy was assassinated. Th is reviewer was in an automobile traveling to Florida to visit a girlfriend and heard it on the radio. Th at Changed America Forever Th e End of Camelot by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard Holt and Company, NY Upon stopping at a small gas station south of Montgomery, the man who pumped the gas, a rural fellow, turned to this reviewer and stated, “I’m glad the SOB is dead.” Th is reviewer was so shocked by the statement that he was afraid something would be said that would start an altercation; therefore, this reviewer silently re-entered his vehicle and traveled on to Florida, where he watched on television that weekend the assassinations of Kennedy and Oswald. As we who remember it can fi rmly state, these were eerie, confusing, and thought provoking events. In Killing Lincoln, O’Reilly and Dugard fl esh out John Wilkes Booth and his cabal who planned and carried out the assassination of Lincoln. Th is book sets out in detail the conspirators, their footsteps, and the innocent souls who were not aware of what was taking place before the assassination. Booth was secretly engaged to a Lucy Lambert Hale, who was the daughter of a United States Senator named John Parker Hale of New Hampshire. She was a noted Washington society belle. Booth and Lucy had actually spent a secret weekend together before he returned to Washington to carry out the assassination of Lincoln. Th is book fl eshes out their relationship and the relationship between Booth and his fellow assassins at the Surratt Boarding House. Th e second book, Killing Kennedy, also brings out facts unknown to most readers, such as the question of whether George deMohrenschildt, a well educated Russian, who befriended Lee Harvey Oswald in Dallas, “had possible CIA connections” in the summer of 1962. Th is book goes on to attempt to bring together all the various entities which had “a bone to pick” with John F. Kennedy. Th ese include: Allen Dulles of the CIA, the mafi a, Fidel Castro, racist citizens, Russians in general and Khrushchev in particular. Th e book does not come to the conclusion that there was actually a conspiracy, but presents all of the various factors which could have created a conspiracy between Oswald and others to bring about the assassination. It and the Lincoln book contain photographs never before published and this reviewer, at least, found both books a fascinating, quick read and very entertaining. Each book has stayed on the New York Times’ best seller list for weeks and the Lincoln book, at least, has sold over a million copies. Th e author, Bill O’Reilly, is 20 Birmingham Bar Association


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