Bill O’Reilly Interview…

The New York Times’ Leslie Kaufman interviews Bill O’Reilly about his book “Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever”. Ok, so the Mayans were wrong about the end of the world but O’Reilly letting the New York Times interview him is in the ballpark…

To do the research he hired Martin Dugard, who had helped write “The Murder of King Tut: The Plot to Kill the Child King” (2009) and “The Last Voyage of Columbus” (2005) among other books and, perhaps more important, shares his manly-men-on-great-men aesthetic. On his Web site Mr. Dugard, who in addition to being a successful author is a long-distance runner and coach, says that he “specializes in chronicling the drive of great men to realize their potential.”

Mr. O’Reilly said: “He basically does the research, and I write it, and we go over every line together. I supply the you-are-there narrative. It works great.”

The one exception to the research rule is that Mr. O’Reilly conducts interviews himself when live witnesses to events can be found. He does the interviews by phone from his office, tapes them and has them transcribed. For the Kennedy book, he said, “I did all the interviews with the F.B.I. guys, and they never talk to anyone.” For example, he said, he was the first to get access to the F.B.I. agent who was assigned to Marina Oswald. Law enforcement, he explained, “trust me.”

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4 Responses to “Bill O’Reilly Interview…”

  1. “Killing Lincoln” is #1 on the New York Times bestseller list and “Killing Kennedy,” also by O’Reilly is #2. O’Reilly said this is the first time that one author has held the #1 and #2 spots.

  2. What are you? His literary agent? :P

  3. A member of the family got a copy of the JFK book for Christmas. I glanced through it.

    To say O’Reilly “writes for the ear” is an understatement. Unfortunately, my eyes read the book not my ears.

    It’s a book Bill, not a monologue.

  4. “What are you? His literary agent?”

    I wish…

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