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 book contained the well-known events associated with Lincoln and his assassination, but it did a great job setting the historical perspective of this highly charged period of time.
reads like news
Bill, Mr. O, come on big man! Add some EMOTION when you READ!!!!!!
The audio is not better, just a different atmosphere when listening to the story.
Taking Lincoln out of the theater on a plank, of all things, and the horrible trip finding a location for doctors to care for him!
His voice was clear and his enunciation distinct, exactly what's expected from him and needed for good audio!!
The titling of each chapter by date and time lend suspense to the story.
The book is obviously well written, but it seems as if O'Reilly didn't prepare for the reading. Instead, it's like he's relaying some info from a newspaper - as in, "Hey - listen to this..." Very uninspired and uninspiring. There are many awkward pauses as he reads commas as periods and then picks up again - confusing.
This really was a good book - a concise, fact-filled telling of a story that we all know - and I found myself listening with rapt attention. But come on, Bill - if you mispronounce a word that's used hundreds of times maybe you shouldn't be narrating the book, ya know? I would recommend this book and I don't think anyone should keep from listening to it, but be prepared to be bothered occasionally when it happens. It's a shame, too - as I said, it really IS a good book ...
This is an excellent companion for anyone planning to see Spielberg's "Lincoln" since they are both set near the end of the Civil War. They are complimentary to one another and are very informative. While I generally like Bill O'Reilly, he should not have narrated this. My "no spin" take is that he does an okay job, but his television voice simply doesn't compare to some of the better Audible narrators. The book deserves a more serious and historical tone.
Absolutely! So full of new information and very entertaining.
It was natural and funny.
I wish there was another one. I had to read Killing Kennedy immediately afterward and then I still wanted more. I love his writing style.
Way in the top 10
Different from other books no comparison
His voice and inflection was really good and easy to listen to an relate to
When Lincoln gets shot the way it is depicted and the aftermath is excellent
Thank you Bill for showing us why you made a good History teacher
Lincoln...he just knew his days were numbered. BUT he pressed on, not for self but for God & country.
No but I intend to.
Lincoln's life was not for self, but for others.
I can't seem to go back to my saved bookmarks & make corrections or additions on a particular bookmark...w/o making a new bookmark. Any suggestions???
By far, the most enjoyable part of this book was the narration by Bill. Great voice that keeps the reader engaged.
Being a history buff and a profound admiration for our 16th president, I felt this book gave great detail into the man that was Abraham Lincoln. I also got a greater understanding of who Booth was and what led him to that fateful event that happened in Ford's theater.
Whenever you get the experience of having the author narrate his own book, you get the chance to hear how it was meant to be read. Especially a voice such as O'Rilley has.
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