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)
The audio version by Bill O'Reilly was a great story. I thought that he did a very good job delivering the story. His tone and tempo was just right.
It is interesting to me that I did not know a lot about the story of Lincolns assassination and hearing all of that detail and behind the scenes information really brought the story to life.
The best part of O'Reilly's reading was the way he was able to move the story along. His tone and tempo was even and contributed to the story line. I have heard other audible books where the readers voice was so annoying that it detracted from the story.
I wanted to listen to this book in one sitting. It kept me on edge with each chapter. Although I
yes. Exciting book
you thought you knew Lincoln
A few factual errors but a great book
Yes because there was a lot of information and would like to make sure I did not miss any
The history that is not common knowledge and the detail about the people involved
No I have not
The entire booked moved me.
I was struck by the fact that not much has changed in the way government works. Learning about all the in-fighting and sniping at the president and his policy amazed me. This man along side George Washington was selfless and wanted to heal the country with compassion rather then an iron fist and we can all learn from him.
So many details of this major event are lost in history. This book brings the reader into the moment. Excellent reading. Fascinating book.
It is up there with Steve Jobs biography.
The part in Ford's Theater made it so real.
I do not read books a second time. So, no I wouldn't.
This book is excellently written and read. I enjoyed the format that Mr. O'Reilly used. He chose to write this book as a mystery. I learned a lot.
I liked this book because of the detail of the events that lead up to and following the assassination. Lincoln's steadfast mission of reuniting the country, the intrigue and multiple story lines coming together, fragileness of our great country, close proximity of the battles to the Capitol, unbelievable logistics of the intense war, the men and women of great character, and the evil ones too, all made for history so much better than any fiction ever written.
Like being there.
Can't think of one.
Credibility and believability.
The actual killing of President Lincoln. I could actually envision the terrible act as if I were there in the theater.
Want more audio books after this one.
Yes. Packed with anecdotes that put you on the scene.
The Grant and Lee surrender...
The religiousity of Lincoln...too many others to tell.
It made me realize that the tumult and divisiveness of life and politics that we experience today is not new. The impaired human condition goes on.
My first audible. An excellent experience. Thank you!
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