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Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever | [Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard]

Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever

The anchor of The O'Reilly Factor recounts one of the most dramatic stories in American history—how one gunshot changed the country forever. In the spring of 1865, the bloody saga of America's Civil War finally comes to an end after a series of increasingly harrowing battles. President Abraham Lincoln's generous terms for Robert E. Lee's surrender are devised to fulfill Lincoln's dream of healing a divided nation. But one man and his band of murderous accomplices are not appeased....
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Publisher's Summary

A riveting historical narrative of the heart-stopping events surrounding the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, and the first work of history from mega best-selling author Bill O'Reilly.

The anchor of The O'Reilly Factor recounts one of the most dramatic stories in American history—how one gunshot changed the country forever. In the spring of 1865, the bloody saga of America's Civil War finally comes to an end after a series of increasingly harrowing battles. President Abraham Lincoln's generous terms for Robert E. Lee's surrender are devised to fulfill Lincoln's dream of healing a divided nation, with the former Confederates allowed to reintegrate into American society. But one man and his band of murderous accomplices, perhaps reaching into the highest ranks of the U.S. government, are not appeased.

In the midst of the patriotic celebrations in Washington, D.C., John Wilkes Booth—charismatic ladies' man and impenitent racist—murders Abraham Lincoln at Ford's Theatre. A furious manhunt ensues and Booth immediately becomes the country's most wanted fugitive. Lafayette C. Baker, a smart but shifty New York detective and former Union spy, unravels the string of clues leading to Booth, while federal forces track his accomplices. The thrilling chase ends in a fiery shootout and a series of court-ordered executions—including that of the first woman ever executed by the U.S. government, Mary Surratt.

Featuring some of history's most remarkable figures, vivid detail, and page-turning action, Killing Lincoln is history that reads like a thriller.

©2011 Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard (P)2011 Macmillan Audio

What the Critics Say

"As a history major, I wish my required reading had been as well written as this truly vivid and emotionally engaging account of Lincoln's assassination. And as a former combat infantry officer, I found myself running for cover at the Civil War battle scenes. This is the story of an American tragedy that changed the course of history. If you think you know this story, you don't until you’ve read Killing Lincoln. Add historian to Bill O’Reilly’s already impressive résumé." (Nelson DeMille, author of The Lion and The Gold Coast)

"[Killing Lincoln] is nonfiction, albeit told in white-knuckled, John Grisham-like style." (New York Post)

"If Grisham wrote a novel about April 1865…it might well read like Killing Lincoln." (Peter J. Boyer, Newsweek)

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    mary United States 04-11-12
    mary United States 04-11-12
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    "A great history lesson!"
    Where does Killing Lincoln rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    My first audible book


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    the whole conspiracy group


    What does Bill O'Reilly bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His ability to emphasize with emotion and yet narrate the truth


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    no, just very interested in the history and bringing the characters to life


    Any additional comments?

    Teach me more history Bill!

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Robson Designs 05-28-12

    I commute about an hour each way to work and listen to audio books enroute. Sometimes I don't want to get out of my car because I'm at a really good place!

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    I was a little skeptical about this book, even though I like Bill O'Reilly. I've never been too interested in history - in school it was all about memorizing dates and names. Bill really brings the details to life and I was drawn into the story. Very good.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth Hicks Mount Prospect, IL United States 04-12-12
    Elizabeth Hicks Mount Prospect, IL United States 04-12-12 Member Since 2011
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    If you could sum up Killing Lincoln in three words, what would they be?

    Back in time.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Killing Lincoln?

    The character depiction of Booth and Lincoln and Grant.


    Which character – as performed by Bill O'Reilly – was your favorite?

    General Grant


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    The book was very well written and performed by Bill O'Reilly and I would recommend it to all United States citizens.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    David DENVER, CO, United States 04-10-12
    David DENVER, CO, United States 04-10-12

    Chargin' hard cuz there too much diem to carpe!

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    Would you listen to Killing Lincoln again? Why?

    Well written, well read and historically fascinating. The level of research will entertain and educate the listener.


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    Where does Killing Lincoln rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    If you are anything near a historical buff you need to read this book. The authors present a complete picture, in you mind, and you feel like you are behind the news cameras as it happens.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This books deal with the facts. Pure and simple. The authors takes these facts and presents them in a plain and simple style that captures the reader's interest.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Dale Tampa, FL, United States 03-18-12
    Dale Tampa, FL, United States 03-18-12
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    "So much more than the history taught in school!"

    An extremely entertaining telling of the conspiracy to kill President Lincoln. The information presented about prior attempts to capture or kill Linclon and the possibility of a conspiracy within the government was very enlightening. A must for history lovers.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Bill 03-17-12
    Bill 03-17-12 Member Since 2015

    I am a technology / computer geek and have been since I was 14 years old. Now 33 years old at the time of this description. I enjoy listening to books just before I fall asleep.

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    I usually do not read books or watch movies more than once. Even though I throughly enjoyed this book nothing stood out enticing me to re-read / listen to this book.


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    Timothy United States 03-12-12
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    What did you love best about Killing Lincoln?

    Bill tells the story like you've never heard it before. Full of facts, and intrigue. A must read.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I highly recommend this book, especially if you love mysteries. I say this because of the way in which Bill O'Reilly read the book--as a murder mystery. It was informative and entertaining at the same time.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Killing Lincoln?

    It wasn't so much a memorable moment in the story that intrigued me, but Lincoln's relationship with his wife. The story was so believable because of the way in which all the pieces fell into place and explained a lot of what I already knew about Lincoln.


    What does Bill O'Reilly bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Bill read the story in such a way that the listener was drawn into the events that were taking place, even giving one the feeling of being one of the bystanders at the events.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I could have easily listened to the book in one sitting, but enjoyed listening to segments and having some time to digest what I had learned.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a good read or listen for anyone. I am looking forward to his next book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Sierra Bravo 03-12-12 Member Since 2002

    Semi retired small business person/ college professor/ investor.

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    What made the experience of listening to Killing Lincoln the most enjoyable?

    The presentation style.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The presentation was outstanding.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This made me very sad. The act of hate which Booth carried out caused so much suffering for the people of the south because those who replaced Lincoln were far less forgiving then he was.


    Any additional comments?

    If you or your children think history is dry and boring this is a great audio book to give them.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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