It's funny, listening to this audiobook and KNOWING the story was an odd experience. The way the book is structured is perfect for understanding the parallel stories going on during the plot to capture, then kill Lincoln.
I never knew that Booth was such a "superstar" of his time. Knowing that, and how well he knew the people of the area, and how close he came to Lincoln and Grant and all the coincidences in the story was astounding.
This is the story you never knew.
Anyone who hasn't read about the assassination of President Lincoln.
All the Light We Cannot See
Someone who knows that the word "cavalry" is NOT pronounced "calvary"
Disappointment. Having read a great deal about both President Lincoln and the Civil War, there wasn't much of anything new in this book. Because O'Reilly persisted in pronouncing "cavalry" as "Calvary", I had to stop listening to this book. Yes, I'm very, very picky.
Also, O'Rielly bought into the picture of George Armstrong Custer as competent in any way. If he managed to be competent at any particular moment in his career, it was purely accidental. After all, we're talking about the guy who graduated LAST in his class at West Point. Custer's image as a hero was largely created by his thoroughly devoted wife after the Battle of the Little Big Horn.
O'Reilly apparently has never visited the Peterson House where President Lincoln was taken after being shot and where he died. He tells us that at one point, 20 people crowded into the room. This is physically impossible. The room is about 8' x 9' and with a ceiling of about 6'. When Mrs. Lincoln was allowed into the room, the doctor who was attempting to save Lincoln's life had to leave the room.
If you don't know about the assassination of President Lincoln, this brings a lot of detail from several sources together and will give you a pretty accurate picture of the details, in spite of the fact O'Reilly bought into a couple of long-standing myths.
I enjoyed it so much I had to lesson a second time in one week. very interesting and I learned more than I thought I would.
I like Bill O'Reilly but he reads this book like the history teacher he once was,as if he is lecturing to a class on this subject for the 100th time. At the end of a sentence the pitch of the words goes up ,then the end of the next sentence the pitch goes down. Up and down , up and down, very distracting. Other than that it was great story.
This audio book takes you there, to 1865, and you do not want it to end - partly because you somehow do not want Lincoln to die because O'Reilly makes him come alive. An absolutely wonderful experience to hear this book so expertly read!