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 was completely captured by the story. Of course I already knew Lincoln was killed by John Wilks Booth. But still, not being a history buff, I felt completely educated by it. The audio reading of the book makes it all the more compelling.
Bill, the word 'cavalry' must have been used 150 times in this book! It is pronounced cav-al-ree! CALVARY is the place of Jesus Christ's crucifixion! 'Century' is a time period of 100 years. 'Sentry' is a guard. Were there no diction coaches to help you? These were just the obvious of numerous distractions.
What I like about this book: Shedding light on an important chapter in history is worthwhile and engaging.
What I liked least was the narration. O'Reilley read this story like the evening news, almost off hand and detached. But the thing that irritated me most was his constant mispronunciation of the word CAVALRY. He consistently read the word as CALVARY. I can't understand how someone who seems to be articulate could repeatedly commit this major league error. It was so irritating that it really detracted from the whole performance. So much that you may want to simply read the book instead of listening to this. It was absolutely painful to hear. A huge disappointment.
The subject matter, and the characters.
Almost anyone else would have done a better job.
This was a great story about one the very best Presidents. It goes very quickly. At times, Bill tells it as though he is trying to getting everything on TV. Quickly. Still, this is an outstanding book and well done. Performance. Shouldn't have been 4 3/4 stars.
Probably wouldn't listen again, but I might read the book.
Day of the assassination Or the meeting between Grant and Lee.
Not much. A professional audiobook performer would have been so riveting. Bill O'Reilly's style is a bit distracting and odd emphasis on words and phrases.
Not sure I'd ever have time to listen to a book in one sitting. Seriously, who has that kind of time?
Mentioned before, but I would love to have a professional perform this book. It would be so much better.
I was enthralled and educated at the same time. I'm already into another of the "Killing" books!
Yes. Great performance, riveting.
Already listened to twice. Am sure I will listen again. So many details and interesting facts.
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