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
"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)
Informative, Interesting, Complex
The hours prior to and following his death
He is a great storyteller. He provides facts when available and also highlights unanswered questions.
descriptions of battles and bloodshed
While it's important for students to learn to read and evaluate critical commentary, "Each reader has a right-and even a responsibility-to form his or her own opinions, based on that reader's reading and understanding of a piece of literature, and to be able to support those opinions with solid reasons"
The author did a wonderful job at drawing me into the sights, sounds and even the smells of these historic American days.
It was told in way that made it unforgettable.
Hard to choose. Probably Abraham Lincoln.
For the most part, yes.
I would love to hear more historical accounts told with this quality of story-telling artistry!
THANK YOU FOR A JOB WELL DONE MR. O'REILLY!
Day to day events
Capture of the assassins
Timeline of Terror
Want to read more about Lincoln now
Yes and I have. For history fans it is seldom we get an accurate book that reads like a novel. There are some points of conjecture, rather than detract, they make the book better.
Not applicable, rather, the character development of the historical figures was extremely well done. I learned something about each of them I did not know before.
Whenever the author reads his/her own book they provide emphasis where they intended it; if you will, O'Reilly adds depth to the book.
You thought you knew John Wilkes Booth?
Audible should figure out how to make the pictures from texts and non-fiction available to its listeners.
My first audible book
the whole conspiracy group
His ability to emphasize with emotion and yet narrate the truth
no, just very interested in the history and bringing the characters to life
Teach me more history Bill!
I so looked forward to hearing Bill O'Reilly read his own book. Then, listening to it, I was shocked that O'Reilly did not know how to read his own words.
Again and again, whenever speaking about the Union or Confederate cavalries or any cavalry unit or officer, O'Reilly says “Calvary” instead.
There was no such thing as the Union Calvary.
There was no Confederate Calvary, either.
This did not happen only once, or only a few times. There are countless references in the written work to cavalry engagements. And every single time we hear O’Reilly speak the word Calvary instead of cavalry.
Isn't he supposed to be a history professor?
Would you not expect a history professor to know that Calvary is a hill outside Jerusalem – famous for certain people said to have been crucified there by the Romans?
Even if he were somehow miraculously ignorant of this, does he not know how to read English?
The word cavalry starts with “cav” like cavity not “cal” like calendar. Duh.
This was a continual irritant and distracting to say the least. How could you trust history written by any man who says Calvary instead of Cavalry?
All that aside, was there not some producer or director — maybe even an audio tech working the booth while O’Reilly was at the microphone — to clue him in?
Nobody said anything to him at the time? Really?
Although reasonably well written, there was nothing new or unique about the President, his assination, or events surrounding it. He included a lot of "filler" in the form of details of the final battles and events surrounding Lee's capitulation.
O'Reilly narrated. Although he reads well, his mispronunciation of technical words was annoying. Most annoying was saying calvary when he should have said, cavalry. He's paid way to much to not know the difference.
Miracle in the Andes
Pleasant, well-modulated, appealing
The somewhat irrelevant details of the ending of the civil war.
Many authors make the mistake of thinking they are good narrators. O'Reilly is one of those.
The day by day account the last battles of the Civil War and of Lincoln's movements as it corresponded with the action in the field of battle.
Typically condescending tone
Bill O'Reilly repeatedly mispronounced the word "Cavalry," meaning "mounted soldiers", calling it "Calvary," "the place of Jesus' crucifixion." I found that very distracting, even though I enjoyed the story.
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!
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.
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