“Syndicated columnist George Will has joined a chorus of historians and other experts who say Fox News host’s Bill O’Reilly’s latest book…is a sloppily written and thinly sourced ‘slander’ on America’s 40th president.” T. Becket Adams, Washington Examiner, November 5, 2015
“The book is ‘a tissue of unsubstantiated assertions,’ he added, bemoaning that O’Reilly’s latest offering currently sits atop the New York Times nonfiction bestseller list. Ibid
“’The book says Reagan was often addled [mentally fuzzy] to the point of incompetence, causing senior advisers to contemplate using the Constitution’s 25th Amendment to remove him from office,’ Will wrote.” Ibid
“There are small and large mistakes throughout Killing Reagan. Repeatedly, Ronald Prescott Reagan is referred to a ‘Ron Jr.’ a minor matter but a revealing one. The book states that Reagan’s radio broadcasts of the late 1970s were once a week, but they were delivered five times a week. There are dozens of [Kitty] Kelley-type references to horoscope readers, astrologers, an imperious Nancy running the country and generally a persistent, clueless and oblivious Ronald Reagan—addle-brained, out of touch, dangerously uninformed. The most common word used to describe Reagan is probably ‘confused.’” Craig Shirley, Kiron K. Skinner, Paul Kengor, Steven F. Hayward, The Washington Post, October 16, 2015
Getting Reagan Wrong
Thomas W. Schaaf Sr., The Washington Times, October 26, 2015, p. 25
“Killing Reagan” is a brief look at the times and life of Ronald Reagan from the filming of “Brother Rat” with Jane Wyman in 1938, to his death in 2004.
In the 283 pages of text in this book Mr. O’Reilly and Mr. Dugard have provided a. series of snapshots of Ronald Reagan from his Hollywood days to his last days but they have missed, or purposefully omitted, the crowning achievements of his presidency. Instead they have produced a rambling assembly of events such as the Chappaquiddick incident complete with a detailed map of the route Teddy Kennedy took leading to the death of Mary Jo Kopechne and the 1982 Falklands War, also with a detailed map. But the connection of these events to their story,” Killing Reagan”, is never made clear.