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Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever | [Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard]

Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever

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. But one man and his band of murderous accomplices are not appeased....
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Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Jake Bartlesville, Oklahoma, United States 11-29-11
    Jake Bartlesville, Oklahoma, United States 11-29-11 Listener Since 2007
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    "Fun, compelling, interesting"

    While O'Reilly's telling of the story surrounding Lincoln's assassination feels as if it may stretch the truth at times (it very well may not) it is an extremely compelling and gripping narrative that had me wanting to know more. If you like history and want to hear it from a mystery/thriller point of view, you'll like this one.

    There are some undercurrents of political propaganda in the telling, but hey, it's Bill O'Reilly...

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    kmpriest 11-29-11
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    "Interesting indepth story"

    If you are interested in American history this book should be on your reading list.

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    Shaun Cedar City, UT, United States 11-29-11
    Shaun Cedar City, UT, United States 11-29-11 Member Since 2009
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    "An eye Opening and Intriguing look"

    Disregard what you think you know about the assassination of Lincoln because O'Reilly delivers a surprising and stunning fresh look at the last few days of the war and of Lincoln last days. I felt like the war and Lincoln were intertwined in such a way, I felt it was almost as if Lincoln were destined to die. O'Reilly's story telling took me there to see those last days as I think Lincoln saw them.

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    Rob Chelmsford, MA, United States 11-28-11
    Rob Chelmsford, MA, United States 11-28-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Good"

    I loved this book, it wasn't the longest or most indepth book on the subject I have ever read but it was very enjoyable. He is not a full-time historian and I would bet money that he has just as many if not fewer substantial errors then *most* books written by prominent "real" historians. And to the people who say it was bad because O'Reilly narrated it I disagree, IF Bill was trying to be a professional audiobook narrator I would totally agreed with you and would have taken some stars off for minor idiosyncracies. Except he is the author, he is reading his own book from his own mouth and is not attempting to be a "professional" narrator.

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    Bob Parrish, Alabama, United States 11-22-11
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    "Renewing America's Most Terrible Loss"

    Historically accurate and dramatically written, I enjoyed every minute of this book. While familiar with the basic story-line, I gained much new information from this reading. From the opening President Lincoln's strong desire to see his country at peace and the wounds of war healed is displayed. It was refreshing to see the selfless leadership of this man who came from such humble beginnings, and whose concerns were for his country and nothing else. Mr. O'Reilly has shown himself a competent researcher and historian. I thoroughly enjoyed this well-written and read book and lfook forward to more of the same.

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    Christopher SPRING HILL, FL, United States 11-20-11
    Christopher SPRING HILL, FL, United States 11-20-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Story I haven't heard before"

    I've read a ton of Civil War books but this had a unique take as focusing just on the period before and after Lincoln's assassination. I found it to be extremely interesting, it was a great read. O'Reilly reading was uninspired but not distracting, if you can stand hearing him on TV then you should be able to take his reading, it's not great but not bad either.

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    Maria FRESNO, CA, United States 11-17-11
    Maria FRESNO, CA, United States 11-17-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Great Way to Learn"

    I only wish my school history classes would had used audio books. I enjoyed learning and actually wanted more.

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    Verna Simonton, TX, United States 11-16-11
    Verna Simonton, TX, United States 11-16-11 Member Since 2011
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    "All Americans Should Read"

    This is a great book, one that should be read by everyone over the age of 20. It has so much information and history. This book covers history for a little over 2 weeks. So much happened in this short time. Insight is given into the Civil War, Lincoln's struggles, his family and those in power surrounding him. A wonderful book.

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    Bryce Oceanside, CA, United States 11-15-11
    Bryce Oceanside, CA, United States 11-15-11 Member Since 2011
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    "History for everyone!"

    WOW! History should always be written in such a timeless manner; I sometimes had to remind myself this is HISTORY not a THRILLER. Learned many things I did not know about Lincoln, Booth, end of the Civil War and the unbelievable coincidences that contributed to the death of one of the greatest president's our history will ever know.

    God rest your soul, Mr. Lincoln, and may you help us find your replacement in today's unruly environment!!!

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    Cathleen Marshfield, WI, United States 11-14-11
    Cathleen Marshfield, WI, United States 11-14-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Non-fiction that sounds like a mystery thriller."

    I highly recommend this book. I listened to it during my commute and ended up sitting in the car longer than necessary to listen longer! So many details and specifics about the assasination that I never knew. Very suspenseful!

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