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)
Overall, I enjoyed the book. It is an interesting point of view and it is written at a level that teens and young adults can understand the book. I wish Bill O'Reilly, as a reader, would enunciate all of his words... after awhile I was becoming so distracted by this that it took away from the story.
This was a great book if you have not read many of the other Lincoln books. "Blood on the Moon" & "Manhunt" were both also well done. The means of telling the story in a novel type context made this audio-book enjoyable. I always enjoy hearing the author of the book reading the book. No president, and few other people have had as much written about themselves as Lincoln. New information is hard to find. This account was very well done. I would recommend it.
For Pete's sake! It is CAValry. Calvary is where Jesus was crucified. Two plus hours of mispronunciation. So distracting to anyone who knows the difference. How on earth did this get released? Didn't anyone on the production team bother to proof-listen? This isn't the only mispronunciation, but it's endless repitition is the most grating. Come on now; if reading military history please use appropriate vocabulary.
Have no idea
I didn't finish
Because Bill O'Reilly is such a well known news commentator, who sells his ideas and viewpoint, I found my familiarity with his voice got in the way of my believing/enjoying the book. I was looking forward to is, but I just couldn't get by the idea that once again we might gloss the facts to sell the point/story.
The topic is fascinating. The book is the product of in-depth research. It is among the best audio books in this regard
The value of the audiobook was lessened by the reading of Bill O'Reilly. He was difficulty to listen to. It almost sounded like he was saying CALvary in place of CAValry. He should stick to writing (which he does very well) and leave the narration to someone else.
Yes and I have already recommended to several readers.
First one and I was quite impressed.
Killing Lincoln was a compelling, entertaining and thought provoking audio book despite the narration by Bill O'Reilly, author of the book. I'm not a fan of him in general so I was hoping that he wouldn't narrate his book. But all in all, I would recommend it. Would I listen to it again - No. Too many other books on the list!!
upper middle of the pack
the pace - easy listen
You have to like Bill O'Reilly to like this book.
Although I did pay attention to my history class studies, I evidently either didn't get all the details or failed to remember them. O'Reilly does a good job of setting up the scene and filling in the characters. I was completely unaware that William Seward, of Seward's Folly was also attacked. There were many details like this that were brought out in the book. It was such a good read, that I had to read Killing Kennedy, which also proved to be thought provoking.
This is not my typical genre of reading material, but it was great. So much I never knew, and it’s reads like fictional novel. Given the 50/50 political split in our current political situation, there are lessons to be learned from our history.
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