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)
This entire book covers only a couple of weeks in time and thus surrounds the reader with the detail of how it was to live in those times. Lincoln is at the center, but the surrounding personalities are well documented, so you feel the passion and the intensity of the all the people intertwined in the assassination of President Lincoln.
There is a good chance that much of this information you have never heard before unless you have studied this period in detail. Bill O'Reilly is easy to listen to and except for his constant mispronunciation of Cavalry as Calvary, I did not find anything in the presentation that took my mind away from the well researched, and well structured account.
I very much enjoyed Bill O'Reilly's account of the final days of the American Civil War and subsequent assassination of our great Abe Lincoln. It kept me engrossed for the entire book and i would highly recommend this to any history buff or to anyone that likes good book!
While O'Reilly's telling of the story surrounding Lincoln's assassination feels as if it may stretch the truth at times (it very well may not) it is an extremely compelling and gripping narrative that had me wanting to know more. If you like history and want to hear it from a mystery/thriller point of view, you'll like this one.
There are some undercurrents of political propaganda in the telling, but hey, it's Bill O'Reilly...
Disregard what you think you know about the assassination of Lincoln because O'Reilly delivers a surprising and stunning fresh look at the last few days of the war and of Lincoln last days. I felt like the war and Lincoln were intertwined in such a way, I felt it was almost as if Lincoln were destined to die. O'Reilly's story telling took me there to see those last days as I think Lincoln saw them.
I loved this book, it wasn't the longest or most indepth book on the subject I have ever read but it was very enjoyable. He is not a full-time historian and I would bet money that he has just as many if not fewer substantial errors then *most* books written by prominent "real" historians. And to the people who say it was bad because O'Reilly narrated it I disagree, IF Bill was trying to be a professional audiobook narrator I would totally agreed with you and would have taken some stars off for minor idiosyncracies. Except he is the author, he is reading his own book from his own mouth and is not attempting to be a "professional" narrator.
Historically accurate and dramatically written, I enjoyed every minute of this book. While familiar with the basic story-line, I gained much new information from this reading. From the opening President Lincoln's strong desire to see his country at peace and the wounds of war healed is displayed. It was refreshing to see the selfless leadership of this man who came from such humble beginnings, and whose concerns were for his country and nothing else. Mr. O'Reilly has shown himself a competent researcher and historian. I thoroughly enjoyed this well-written and read book and lfook forward to more of the same.
I've read a ton of Civil War books but this had a unique take as focusing just on the period before and after Lincoln's assassination. I found it to be extremely interesting, it was a great read. O'Reilly reading was uninspired but not distracting, if you can stand hearing him on TV then you should be able to take his reading, it's not great but not bad either.
This is a great book, one that should be read by everyone over the age of 20. It has so much information and history. This book covers history for a little over 2 weeks. So much happened in this short time. Insight is given into the Civil War, Lincoln's struggles, his family and those in power surrounding him. A wonderful book.
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