This was one of the most informative and interesting books on a slice of American history that I have ever read. So informative with lots of tidbits of information about various characters connected to Lincoln and the Civil War.
Bill O'Reilly's performance keeps you engaged. There were two instances where I was disappointed--both were with his pronounciations--one was "carotid artery." The other was a medical term as well, but I don't remember exactly what it was now.
The research that went into this book is incredible, and it made me appreciate even more this amazing president. Just imagine what might have been different had he lived...
events before and during the event
Lincoln of course, we need more leaders like him
He reads to fast without voice inflections needed to emphasis the story and capture the listener.
Conviction and hanging of Mary Surratt
the book was just what our children need to understand our history and the fight for freedoms that tore a nation a part to give freedom to all Americans. Many Americans of all colors lost their lives to ensure the bill of rights was for all Americans as originally written by our founders.
No , very drawn out and long winded , if I wanted a book on the Civil war I would have bought one , I thought it was going to be more about Lincoln and JWB but learned more about the generals and battles of the Civil war than I wanted to know .The book got better towards the end when it was more concentrated on Lincoln and JWB and all the other people involved .
No , I felt that I was a pupil in a classroom and was being force fed information rather than listening to a story .
If it had been read by anyone other than Bill O'reilly , a former teacher ..
It might make a better movie than book , totally opposite to most books I read .
It was interesting, but after checking some key facts I found that some parts are misrepresented or not fact checked. It sounded like more of a lecture than a retelling of factual events.
Perhaps a movie of the week...
Informative, spellbinding, contextual
The Authors were my favorite. They have presented such valuable insights to the subject of Killing Abraham Lincoln, that they alone make the book a wonderful read. The information and structure of the book into time periods make it a book worth the read/listen.
The recounting of President Lincoln to his guests and wife, of the dream he had a night shortly before his death. It was as if I were in the room and the President was sharing his vision to me as well.
This is a great book and one that I have recommended already to family and friends.
The book reveals the complexity of the Lincoln assisination, an important point in US history I should have known more about.
Any good story teller rather than a writer or broadcaster. My wife gave up on the book because of the narration.
Everyone knows where Lincoln got shot, but few history classes go into any of the details covered in this book, especially the 10 days just before the assassination. I found it very useful to learn the descriptive details of the capture of Richmond and the surrender of Lee that all occured days before Lincoln was shot.
Four items stand out that I didn't know before: 1) the original plot to kidnap Lincoln, 2) the conspiracy to kill all the Union's top government officials, 3) the failure of Union forces security in the theater and at the bridges leading out of town, and 4) the intuition of the detective that tracked Booth down.
This is my first Bill O'Reilly book and probably will be followed by more purchases from this talented author.
The conspiracy meant to bring the south back into contention after Lee's surrender.
A must read, can't put down book, not some boring recitation of history.
Ultimate Audible=Stephen King reading Stephen King!
Two Special Treats
TREAT ONE...it is an accurate, rivoting account of a moment in history which changed the course of our country. TREAT TWO ...READ BY BILL O'REILLY the author...do not miss this if you are a fan!!
This is the first!
No extreme reaction ....a sense of knowing how it ends but NEVER hearing the reconstructed day by day account of the events leading to one of two (my opinion only) disasters (the other being Oswald's killing of Kennedy) which altered forever the history of our country!
Interesting that the books were released this fall! Also both events lead to a President named Johnson who had difficulty completing the term of office!
The fact that I knew how it was going to end did not detract from the story in the least. Loved loved this book. Bought it for my sis for Christmas.