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)
Like being there.
Can't think of one.
Credibility and believability.
The actual killing of President Lincoln. I could actually envision the terrible act as if I were there in the theater.
Want more audio books after this one.
Yes. Packed with anecdotes that put you on the scene.
The Grant and Lee surrender...
The religiousity of Lincoln...too many others to tell.
It made me realize that the tumult and divisiveness of life and politics that we experience today is not new. The impaired human condition goes on.
My first audible. An excellent experience. Thank you!
No, the book told it as it happened.
The most interesting aspect for me was that Oswald's fianc?? was out with Lincoln's son at the time of the killing.
No new shocking facts.
It was like being told a story by a historian.
Yes, it was interesting.
I am a retired Child Psychologist who delights in her three grandchildren to whom I passed on the love of reading. They read vociferously.
The narrator's voice was quick, but audible and narrated in an even tone, changing only when circumstances dictated, such as a shock, or a death scene. The narrator did not over-act in his tale.
The history and my learning hereto unknown facts.
John Wilkes Boothe
History as you have never seen it before.
I believe that all school students should be encouraged to read this book, because of the history and importance to the development of our country. I will continue to read Bill O'Reilly.
Facinating, rivoting, detailed
Being George Washington. It too is captivating and hard to put down.
Too many great ones to pick, truely.
Maybe, if the setting is on vacation with no interuptions.
Can't wait for the movie!
O'Reilly's narration was spot on
The detail on the assassination is far beyond anything I've ever read about it.
more than you ever wanted to know
I wish Audible would provide a better product. I continually have to go back and try to find my place to listen. Audible apparently disables the ability to burn a book to even one disk so I can listen to it. The iPod just doesn't do well on audiobooks (probably unless you buy them from Apple). It is impossible to get a book burned to CD so I can listen to it and it never plays right on the iPod.
This is a wonderful performance and also provided a lot of insight into this event in history. Although I have read a lot about Lincoln, this included many events and facts I hadn't heard before.
Very well written (at least for an audio listen), it really kept my attention. I will listen to it again.
Thank you Mr. O'Reilly, as usual your insite was most enlighting. This is definately one of the best books that I have had the good fortuine to listen to. I enjoyed your naration and learned many things that were not taught in school many years ago.
It would have been nice to have the opportunity to know how America would have faired had this fanatical assination not been successful.
This book gives perspective to the tremendous amount of change that has occurred in American History. Lincoln was the ultimate representation of
Say something about yourself!
Yes! It contains important details of a critical time in our history.
The Confederate attempt to get back to the Carolinas.
Yes, this one is best!
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