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)
Since discovering audible, my life is richer. I live in a small rural KS community, with higher than average IQ which can be a bad combo at times. Audible allows me to be myself.
The detail surrounding the death of Lincoln had been unknown to me. Bill O did a great job and the story was well known but made new.
this is one of the best books i have had the priviledge of listening to in a long time. not only is the story and performance outstanding, but the history of a conspiracy that most people dont remember is brought back to the present.oreilly has outdone himself this time. truly a remarkable and enjoyable read. the historical facts are fascinating and the question about the true conspiracy may still remain. thanks much for a great story in historical fact oreilly.
The story is compelling. I wish I had bought the book and read it though, instead of the audio copy. Bill O'Reilly sounds just like he does on TV, like an announcer, and because of this, its hard to get into the story. A professional reader would have made all the difference.
The underlying text here is great - good research, compelling characters, fascinating historical storyline. And I like Bill O'Reilly on TV. But he is just not cut out to be a book narrator. He rushes through whole chapters, mispronounces words, and in many instances is clearly reading from a prompter, because he finishes a sentence and then realizes that there's more sentence yet to come on the next line, and mumbles the remaining words. Many of the grating errors would have been easy to catch and re-record... was there no post production or editing here?? Awful, awful, awful. Almost unlistenable.
I went into this book after it had been on the market for a while. I didn't think I wanted to read yet another book about Lincoln in general or his assassination in particular. After all when I went to school we were required to do a lot more reading, and a lot of it was history. But, I'm a Bill O'Reilly fan and after hearing him talk about it; a lot. I thought well, I'll give it a try.
Am I glad I did! This book goes into details that I don't remember ever being addressed much studied in any depth. As I listened this book the one single most common thought that punctuated my thinking was; "I've never heard that before".
The book is an easy listen. O'Reilly narrates it, and it's done in style that's easy to listen to, and holds your interest. I didn't want to set the book down (so to speak), but I also dreaded getting to the end; I was enjoying it that much.
I'm not going to get into specifics of the book here. I'm going to say that even if you think you don't like Bill O'Reilly you need to give this book a tumble. You won't learn one thing you didn't know before; you'll learn several.
And excellent book; I'm really glad I set aside my thought that I couldn't possibly learn anything that I hadn't heard about before.
This shouild be required listening for school kids. Done very well and would hold their attention. Adults will find it very interesting with a couple of little know facts that come to light. In fact will listen to it again.
Although I enjoyed the book, there was nothing new in my understanding of the Lincoln murder. There have been a variety of other authors that I have read, that provide a more comprehensible analysis of the capture on John Willkes Booth and the subsequent trial of the other conspirators.
Well written and expertly narrated. Well worth the time for any history buff or lover of great stories.
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