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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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    Barbara Columbia, sc, United States 11-29-11
    Barbara Columbia, sc, United States 11-29-11 Member Since 2011
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    "History presented as a thriller"

    Great book to listen to. Lots of suspense, even though we know the outcome. One annoying bit when listening is that cavalry (people on horses) was pronounced throughout the book as Calvary (place Jesus was crucified). I would have thought someone might have caught that before publication.

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    Ellen Sarnia, Ontario, Canada 11-23-11
    Ellen Sarnia, Ontario, Canada 11-23-11 Member Since 2009
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    "A must read for Civil War history buffs & students"

    This was a most interesting and informative history lesson and I will probably give it a second listen....
    Living for many years in Canada I was interested to learn about the Canadian & the Bank of Montreal (my bank) connections.
    It is almost impossible to comprehend the hardships our forefathers endured. The authors have done a superb job of describing the people involved and bringing the time period to life. Mr. Lincoln truly deserves his bigger than life statue in Washington.
    Another book I enjoyed from the same period: "My Name is Mary Sutter" by Robin Oliveria, describes the limited medical knowledge and best practices that were available and accepted during this time and who was allowed to offer them. This too is a fascinating historical novel worth reading or listening to.

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    Linda McHenry, IL, United States 11-23-11
    Linda McHenry, IL, United States 11-23-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Lincoln from a new direction"

    Over all a good "read" I am a fan of Lincoln and found the direction the book was coming from very intersting.

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    Dissector 11-23-11
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    "Good story, needs different reader"

    The story was riveting and interesting, and throws out a couple of theories that leave one wondering. Good, quick listen, although I'd had enough of Mr O'Reilly by the end of the book. His intonation and cadence is exactly like his reading from a teleprompter, with a few mispronunciations. Overall, a great read.

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    K. BLEVINS 11-22-11
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    "Good job Bill & Martin!"

    Lots of interesting info not taught in public schools.
    Don't let the negative reviews of O'Reily's read put you off. Sure, he mispronounces a couple of words. If you like Mr. O, you wouldn't have anyone else narrate his book. If you don't like him, it wouldn't matter who they used to narrate. It wouldn't make you happy.

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    Stephen COAL VALLEY, IL, United States 11-22-11
    Stephen COAL VALLEY, IL, United States 11-22-11 Member Since 2012
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    "One of the best!"

    What a wonderful job they have done with this book, so much I did not know! I would highly recommend everyone read/listen to this book, this is what they should put in our schools, it is true history!

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    Daniel United States 11-22-11
    Daniel United States 11-22-11
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    "Fascinating and Informative."

    I was riveted by the real human drama surrounding the waning days of the Civil war and the conspiracy of the Lincoln assassination. I have a greater appreciation for the sacrifices of true american patriots like President Lincoln and General Grant through reading this book.
    We would do well to have this and other historical events taught with this type of detail in our schools.

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    I was so impressed with both the writing and the reading of this novel. I was captured from the very first word. Mr. O'Reilly did a superb job in the reading. I was intrigued by how he read it in the form of a novel. I learned many new things about the assassination, and I know that I will listen to it again. I will recommend this book to anyone and everyone.

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    Robert Virginia Beach, VA, United States 11-22-11
    Robert Virginia Beach, VA, United States 11-22-11 Member Since 2015
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    Great history and background that is otherwise missed in history classes. Recommend reading for pleasure and content.

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    Jeff 11-22-11
    Jeff 11-22-11 Member Since 2011
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    "It puts you in the final moments of Lincoln's life"

    It starts off a little slow, but picks up quickly. Killing Lincoln provides a 360 view of the final days of Lincoln's life. Whether you're a history buff or not, you'll certainly enjoy this book and learn something about our nation's history in the process.

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