I arrived late to the Killing series by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard, but glad I made it.

I read Mr. O’Reilly’s memoir, A Bold Fresh Piece of Humanity, in 2008 and loved it. I was born in Brooklyn, too, and am Irish as well. I liked the book’s chatty, conversational style (and that said, recommend it). But, as I assumed the voice and tone of all his books would be the same–which would not be appropriate for the subject matter of the “Killing” series–I stayed away from them.

Now, with Killing Reagan, I am hooked. Regardless of your political loyalties, this is a book to read for its overview of many U.S. presidents and other world leaders and the state of diplomatic relations over decades. It’s also a look into the mind of John Hinckley, Jr., the young man who attempted to assassinate Reagan in a twisted effort to gain the love of actor Jodie Foster.

The book is superbly researched and paced like a thriller. Highly recommended.

Have a great weekend, and happy reading!