Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly plans on “Killing Jesus.”
That will be his next book. O’Reilly has topped bestseller lists with two prior histories, “Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot,” and “Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever.” Because his television talk show keeps him busy, O’Reilly has a coauthor, Martin Dugard, who will continue to work with him on “Killing Jesus.”
Although the books are incredibly popular, there is something disturbing about a series of histories based around the violent death of major figures. Maybe it’s the form of speech -- the “killing” in the titles is a present participle, carrying with it a sense of being in the moment.
After “Killing Kennedy,” “Killing Lincoln” and “Killing Jesus,” what can we expect from O’Reilly? At some point, he may run out of political and historical figures -- when that happens, he’s welcome to choose from this possible list of killer book titles.
Killing Me Softly
Killing in the Name
Killing Is My Business ... and Business Is Good!
Killing An Arab
Killing Bill Vol. 1 and Killing Bill Vol. 2
Faster, Pussycat, Killing, Killing
A View to a Killing
The Killing Fields
The Killing Moon
The Killing Floor
The Killing Jar
With nods to Roberta Flack, Megadeth, Quentin Tarantino, Echo and the Bunnymen, Rage Against the Machine, The Cure and the other musicians and filmmakers who inspired these titles (as well as Mark Athitakis and HuffPostBooks, for riffing about them on Twitter).