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)
The first and the last part of the book are true to the title; however, the bulk of the book revolves around military maneuvers. Not being a big fan of military history this section moved slow for me--others might enjoy it. The authors have excelled in giving a vivid picture of the events of the assassination and the aftermath, it just takes awhile for them to get to it.
I enjoyed the work, and found it entertaining. However, for a hardcore Lincoln junkie, the story was a bit thin. It was not even in the league of Goodwin's Team of Rivals, but overall, the history was sound. The performance was excellent. It did keep you on your toes and wanting more.
The details of the story behind Lincoln's assasination are fascinating, but it was made less compelling by Mr. O'Reilly's reading of his book. He read it as if he was setting up a news program or an expose, not in the voice of a good storyteller.
Killing Lincoln not only tells the story of the assassination of President Lincoln but give you the back ground and the what else was happening in the days before the event. He present the facts in a clear and concise manner. Bill O'Reilly read of the book is done with a passion that makes you take notice.
A great work and well worth reading. I have recommended this book to several of my friends.
really takes you back to the time of the civil war and events surrounding it. thought the performance was good but bill fell into his tv comentator voice a few times. it was almost like he was commenting on a current event. i enjoyed the listen.
This a great read I have read many Civil War books and this is among the best. It reads like a novel and yet is filled with fascinating historical facts. I would recomend this book to anyone who has an interest in Lincoln or the Civil War.
Just wish I had had a history teacher in high school that was as interested in teaching history as he was in coaching. He might have assigned us books as good as "Killing Lincoln" to read. I now know that history does not have to be boring.
The end of war segment was horrifying and exhausting and mesmerizing. The assassination plot was amazing in it's intricacy. All this, without cell phones and computers or any other electronic assist. Boys will kill each other, even with rocks if necessary.
I loved finding out more about Mary Lincoln and other females of the time and incident.
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