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)
I really enjoyed Killing Lincoln. I found it especially wonderful that Bill O’Reilly was reading his own co-authored book. He brought the subject to life as if it just occurred. Some may not like this reading form as it is not a monotonous historical read but rather the unveiling of history as if it just occurred as if it was fresh news being just reported. I had always thought of myself as something of a history buff, but I found myself stopping at points in the book when some new point of history was revealed and I had to go check for myself further details. Many details about the closing days of the Civil War I found fascinating. The story surrounding High Bridge was one that I researched after hearing more about the battle in Killing Lincoln.
I really can’t wait for Bill O’Reilly to tackle another historical novel. This seemed such a departure from Pinheads & Patriots, which I also enjoyed, but this was a new perspective on history on a subject that I thought I knew well. I was pleasantly surprised at the fresh look at history.
This is a great book about a tragic event. It is thoroughly researched and very comprehensive. It is well written and the author does a great job of reading the audio book.
Great Book! This is the way history books should be written! Would have give 5 stars overall with a good narrator!
Other than O'Reilly's constant mispronunciation of the word Cavalry, the book was very entertaining and educational. O'Reilly did a great job of presenting the gruesome and stark conditions during the Civil war for both sides, but particularly the Confederates. As a southern bred person that finds the Civil War very interesting, I found O'Reilly put faces to the characters and filled in the blanks about Booth. Without ever saying it, O'Reilly painted the picture of an obsessed narcissist that changed the course of our nation while also painting a depressed but prescient Lincoln. I just wish he could pronounce Cavalry properly while reading his audio version of the book.
This book does a marvelous job of painting the picture that is missed by so many others. Enjoyable, well written and Bill does a nice job on the narration as well.
Despite recent news stories alleging factual errors in Bill O'Reilly's accounting of the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln, I thought his book was fascinating. However, I was greatly disappointed in O'Reilly's narration. He sounded pedantic, professorial and, frankly, bored with his own work. He spoke too rapidly, without the ever-effective pauses, vocal variations and drama that a professional narrator could have injected. (I kept thinking "Gosh, I wish Scott Brick were reading this one!")
This book is difficult for me to rate, as I think the story is a good one, but in my opinion, Bill O'Reilly hurt the book by reading it himself. While he may do well on a television news show, he is not an actor, and his reading lacked both inflection and feeling. He droned... which I felt made the material uninteresting, no matter how good the text was, and I found myself falling asleep. As I have just purchased a Kindle Fire, I will purchase this book in that format.
Nothing I haven't seen in other biographies of Lincoln but pulled together expertly in a fast paced and engaging style. Well written but O'Reilly narrates like he's never seen the book before. His uneven cadence and mis pronunciation of simple words (cavalry, carotid, harassment) would win him the pinhead award on his own show.
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