Review of Killing Reagan: The Violent Assault That Changed a Presidency (The Killing of Historical Figures) by Bill O’Reilly, Martin Dugard

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About Killing Reagan

Just two months into his presidency, Ronald Reagan lay near death after a gunman’s bullet came within inches of his heart. His recovery was nothing short of remarkable — or so it seemed. But Reagan was grievously injured, forcing him to encounter a challenge that few men ever face. Could he silently overcome his traumatic experience while at the same time carrying out the duties of the most powerful man in the world?

Killing Reagan reaches back to the golden days of Hollywood, where Reagan found both fame and heartbreak, up through the years in the California governor’s mansion, and finally to the White House, where he presided over boom years and the fall of the Iron Curtain. But it was John Hinckley Jr.’s attack on him that precipitated President Reagan’s most heroic actions. In Killing Reagan, O’Reilly and Dugard take readers behind the scenes, creating an unforgettable portrait of a great man operating in violent times.

My Review

Another fascinating historical read filled with kernels of otherwise unknown information. Reagan fan or not, this intimate glimpse into one of the most revered presidents is an eye opener. Well researched, candid, you will discover more than you knew possible. O’Reilly brings history for all to enjoy in a fast paced, easy to read, well researched format. From newbie to veteran history buff his books are more than satisfying, perhaps engaging enough for the reader to explore more of notable people, moments and events from the past.

Interesting details of Ronald and Nancy, appreciated yet a smidgen disillusioned. Always a shocker when your perception is somewhat rocked, this was a bit of a reality check – all that glitters is not gold. O’Reilly provides plenty for readers to digest.

About Bill O’Reilly27281

Bill O’Reilly is an American television/radio host, author, syndicated columnist, and political commentator. He is the host of the cable news program The O’Reilly Factor. Prior to hosting The O’Reilly Factor, he served as anchor of the entertainment program, Inside Edition.

O’Reilly also hosts The Radio Factor, a radio program syndicated by Westwood One, and he has written seven books.

1549About Martin Dugard

New York Times bestselling author Martin Dugard is the co-author of Killing Lincoln, Killing Kennedy, Killing Jesus, Killing Patton, and Killing Reagan, written with noted television personality Bill O’Reilly. To date, there are more than ten million copies of these books in print.

Mr. Dugard is also the author of the critically lauded memoir To Be A Runner, a series of essays which takes the reader around the world as he recounts his personal journey through the world of distance running. It is a book about life itself, and how the simple act of stepping outside for a run is a metaphor for our daily desire to be the best possible version of ourselves, step by step.

This attribute can be seen in the diversity and depth of Mr. Dugard’s body of work. His ten years covering the Tour de France resulted in Chasing Lance (Little, Brown, 2005) a travelogue combining history, sports and gastronomy. Other works include the New York Times bestseller The Murder of King Tut (with James Patterson; Little, Brown, 2009); The Last Voyage of Columbus (Little, Brown, 2005), which tells the riveting tale of the legendary Admiral’s final, ill-fated journey in crisp, swashbuckling fashion; Into Africa: The Epic Adventures of Stanley and Livingstone (Doubleday, 2003), Farther Than Any Man: The Rise and Fall of Captain James Cook (Pocket Books, 2001), Knockdown (Pocket Books, 1999), and Surviving the Toughest Race on Earth (McGraw-Hill, 1998). In addition, Dugard lived on the island of Pulau Tiga during the filming of Survivor’s inaugural season to write the bestselling Survivor with mega-producer Mark Burnett.

Mr. Dugard is the writer and producer of A WARRIOR’S HEART, starring Ashley Greene and Kellan Lutz, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2011.

An adventurer himself, Dugard regularly immerses himself in his research to understand characters and their motivations better. To better understand Columbus he traveled through Spain, the Caribbean and Central America. For Tut he explored pharaohs’ tombs in Egypt’s Valley of the Kings. He followed Henry Morton Stanley’s path across Tanzania while researching Into Africa (managing to get thrown into an African prison in the process), and swam in the tiger shark-infested waters of Hawaii’s Kealakekua Bay to recreate Captain James Cook’s death for Farther Than Any Man. And for To Be A Runner he ran with the bulls in Pamplona, suffered electric shock and hypothermia as part of Britain’s Tough Guy competition, and explored Japanese WWII bunkers on the island of Saipan.

On the more personal side of adventure, Dugard competed in the Raid Gauloises endurance race three times, and flew around the world at twice the speed of sound aboard an Air France Concorde. The time of 31 hours and 28 minutes set a world record for global circumnavigation. Dugard’s magazine writing has appeared in Esquire, Outside, Sports Illustrated, and GQ, among others. In 1997, Dugard was awarded the Dallas Area Press Club’s Katie Award for Best Magazine Sports Story.

Mr. Dugard spends his afternoons as the Head Cross Country and Track &Field coach at JSerra High School in San Juan Capistrano, California, a position he has held since 2005. His boys and girls squads regularly qualify for the California State Championships, and his girls team won the state title in 2010, 2011 and 2012. In addition, he serves on the Board of Directors of the USA Track & Field Foundation, charged with growing youth distance running in America.

Martin Dugard and his wife live in Orange County, California. They have three sons.

Published September 22nd 2015 by Henry Holt and Co.

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2 thoughts on “Review of Killing Reagan: The Violent Assault That Changed a Presidency (The Killing of Historical Figures) by Bill O’Reilly, Martin Dugard

  1. I just finished “Killing Reagan” .I found it enlightening to say the least. I enjoyed the book. I have read all the killing books. I am anxiously waiting for the next installment of killing. Bill O”Reilly will tell the new title in April on his show! Thanks for the review.
    Marilyn

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    • Hi Marilyn. I’ve enjoyed all the books as well. I know his next book deals with WWII, whether KILLING will be in the title remains. Looking forward to the big reveal, no doubt another educational and interesting book awaits. Thank you for stopping by and for your comment Marilyn.

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