Bill O'Reilly to Pen Book on Kennedy Assassination
Fox News personality Bill O'Reilly has signed with Henry Holt to write Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot as a follow-up to his best-selling Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination that Changed America Forever, which has 1.5 million copies in print since its publication in September.
Nearly fifty years after his assassination, books about President John Kennedy continue to be popular with book buyers. Once Upon a Secret: My Affair with President John F. Kennedy and Its Aftermath, a just-published memoir by Mimi Alford, who claims to have had an affair with Kennedy when she was a teenage intern at the White House is no. 20 on USA Today’s best seller list. Earlier this year Jack Kennedy: Elusive Hero by MSNBC anchor Christopher Matthews made The New York Times bestseller list.
In a statement, O'Reilly called Kennedy's death "a signature moment in my life" and promised to "answer many questions about the president and why his life was cut short.”
He will collaborate with his Killing Lincoln co-writer Martin Dugard on the book. Publication is scheduled for August 2012. O'Reilly also signed to do a children's version of Killing Lincoln to be called Lincoln's Last Days. He'll be co-writing with Dwight Jon Zimmermann.
Despite its sales, Killing Lincoln encountered questions about its accuracy. The National Park Service decided not to carry the book at Ford's Theater, where Lincoln was killed, because of factual errors, including getting the year the theater burned to the ground wrong and referring to Lincoln in the Oval Office, though it was not added to the White House until 1909.
O'Reilly called the errors "minor misstatements" and publisher Henry Holt said it corrected the mistakes in subsequent editions.