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)
It ranks the highest of all the books I've listened to
Many biographies tell the story as if it is totally true. Where the truth is sometimes at the author's discression, Mr O'Reilly says so. Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee comes to mind when I think of books that held my attention throughout.
Bill does have a loud voice as some pointed out. However, I never once found myself daydreaming, or drifting off, having to rewind to where my last recollection was. He was like a GOOD professor. He held my attention throughout and my recollection of what he said stayed with me. I consider that the hallmark of a good reader. Yes, some people may try to interject that a person says a word incorrectly like Cavalry....but I sum that up as Tomato/Tomatah and don't rank a person's credibility off of how he pronounces a word or two. That's simply the ability to not be too rigid when listening to what is important here and that is, the story.
Yes, I would look for openings of TIME where I could hear several or many chapters at the same time. I carried my Ipod around with me all the time, which I don't regularily do.
This may have been a book written by a Fox news commentator, but it was not a Fox News commentation. It was a well written, well researched book that just happened to be written by a Fox New commentator. I found out things I never knew. Most people know Lincoln was assassinated but why, how, when and just how close was the civil war won? Often history doesn't get into the details, and the details were the most fascinating part of this book. Well done!
I find the whole Civil War Era to be very sad. I have always admired Lincoln, and learned much about his last week in office and in life. Bill O'Reilly writes clearly and makes the history come alive. I enjoyed the audio book, and will now also get the book itself to read for myself.
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.
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