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 will be looking for other books by Martin Dugard, but it's not likely that I will try anything else narrated by Bill O'Reilly.
It's unfortunate that this important story was ruined by O'Reilly's narration. Someone should have told Bill that he was consistently mispronouncing the word “cavalry”. It seems like a small issue at first, but the man says “CAL-vary” dozens, perhaps hundreds of times. It shifts your focus, waiting for him to get it right just once.
This is a very interesting story about an important event in American history, well worth the time.
ANYONE WHO WATCHES SHOCK-JOCK NEWS REPORTING 24/7 WILL ENJOY THIS READ DUE TO THE TOTAL ABSENCE OF FACTUAL SUBSTANTIATION OF THE NUMEROUS SWEEPING STATEMENTS AND CONCLUSIONS WHICH RIDDLE THIS BOOK. IF YOU WANT TO SERIOUSLY UNDERSTAND THE EVENTS LEADING UP TO THE ASSASSINATION, THE EVENT, AND THE HUNT FOR THE CONSPIRATORS, THEN READ 'MANHUNT: THE 12-DAY CHASE FOR ABRAHAM LINCOLN;S KILLER' BY JAMES L SWANSON (2006). A GREAT READ.
THE SENSATIONAL PROSE
THE BOOK COULD HAVE BEEN HANDED OVER TO A REAL EDITOR TO KNOCK OUT THE 21ST CENTURY-TV NEWS-STYLE PROSE
IT MADE ME APPRECIATE 'MANHUNT' EVEN MORE THAN I DID WHEN I FIRST READ IT
I have both read this book and listened to the audio version. Listening to it really brought it to life. Bill O'Reilly is an excellent narrator. His timing and inflections made the words really pop. My 14-year old grandson is reading/listening to it now for a book report. He has learned more about the Civil War and the people involved than in any other book he has read. He is a history buff himself and the insights he has gleaned from
O'Reilly's narration of Lincoln himself was great. I felt the character of the man better than I had ever before.
I think the book's tag line says it all,
This book brought the conspirators to life for me. They had just been names and faces before. Not just Booth, but the others as well. This is history as it should be taught, the people were real, not just cardboard figures in some dry, dusty volume found hidden in the back corner of the library.
I couldn't answer this question because I didn't read the print verson.
I couldn't compare this book to another, it is unique in its own version.
I have not listened to other Bill O'Reilly performances before. I have read the reviews of others and a lot of people criticized Bill O'Reilly's performance, however, I think he did a great job. I have listened to many other audiobooks and some narrators can be bland, but O'Reilly really did a good job.
I didn't have an extreme reaction, but the book and the narration had me coming back for me. At the end of the book, I believed that the story was well done and I commend the narration.
This is my first time really learning about the history of this conspiracy so I was really drawn to the story. This might be different from someone who has more knowledge in the area, but I thought that story was well done.
It would take at least two listenings to absorb all the myriad of details outlined in the book.
Don't have a favorite yet. Would have to listen again.
Again, just finished listening. A second time around might pinpoint one out.
Couldn't put it down from page 1. Was particularly amazed at the detail of research that went into this book.
O'Reilly's narration was outstanding. Didn't realize until I turned it on that he was the narrator. Voice was crisp and clear. I could hear all the syllables and consonants. Great job.
Yes. I find I always miss something the first time through.
It was written like it was a thriller instead of history, and that made for easy listening.
He seemed to know what he was talking about.
I would recommend this even to those who don't find history interesting.
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
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