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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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    Julie FREDERICK, OK, United States 12-16-11
    Julie FREDERICK, OK, United States 12-16-11 Member Since 2012
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    "Quite a history lesson, sadly"

    Very good book, loved the style of writing for the story. I learned more about the Civil War era than I ever learned from a college course.

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    WilliamScrewdriver 12-15-11 Member Since 2015
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    "Bill O'Reilly should NOT read his own book!"
    How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

    I do not know much about the specific battles and events leading up to the assassination of Lincoln. This is an interesting presentation of history.


    Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

    I would read reviews before spending money on another Bill O'Reilly book. He says that the book is written in a entertaining style. I would not give it that much entertainment value.


    What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

    The performance was dry. Bill described the men on horseback as


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    David 12-13-11
    David 12-13-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Well done by the history teacher"
    Where does Killing Lincoln rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In the top tier


    What did you like best about this story?

    it was non-fiction write as a story and not restating facts. Very interesting. You know the story by tell DID AN GREAT JOB of putting this together


    What does Bill O'Reilly bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His unique story telling ways


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    sharon TYLER, TX, United States 11-30-11
    sharon TYLER, TX, United States 11-30-11 Member Since 2012
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    "Stick it out--it is worth it"

    The first and the last part of the book are true to the title; however, the bulk of the book revolves around military maneuvers. Not being a big fan of military history this section moved slow for me--others might enjoy it. The authors have excelled in giving a vivid picture of the events of the assassination and the aftermath, it just takes awhile for them to get to it.

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    Steve 11-30-11
    Steve 11-30-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Entertaining, not in depth"

    I enjoyed the work, and found it entertaining. However, for a hardcore Lincoln junkie, the story was a bit thin. It was not even in the league of Goodwin's Team of Rivals, but overall, the history was sound. The performance was excellent. It did keep you on your toes and wanting more.

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    Tommie Monument, CO, United States 11-30-11
    Tommie Monument, CO, United States 11-30-11 Member Since 2007
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    "Good Story Needs a Different Reader"

    The details of the story behind Lincoln's assasination are fascinating, but it was made less compelling by Mr. O'Reilly's reading of his book. He read it as if he was setting up a news program or an expose, not in the voice of a good storyteller.

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    Robert 11-29-11
    Robert 11-29-11 Member Since 2007
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    "Historical Work that reads like a Thriller"

    Killing Lincoln not only tells the story of the assassination of President Lincoln but give you the back ground and the what else was happening in the days before the event. He present the facts in a clear and concise manner. Bill O'Reilly read of the book is done with a passion that makes you take notice.

    A great work and well worth reading. I have recommended this book to several of my friends.

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    Brian Goldsboro, NC 11-29-11
    Brian Goldsboro, NC 11-29-11 Member Since 2011
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    "A very good listen"

    This book is very well produced. The content is great and it is well read. I really enjoyed listening to it.

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    HANK LAREDO, TEXAS, United States 11-29-11
    HANK LAREDO, TEXAS, United States 11-29-11 Member Since 2011
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    "great story"

    really takes you back to the time of the civil war and events surrounding it. thought the performance was good but bill fell into his tv comentator voice a few times. it was almost like he was commenting on a current event. i enjoyed the listen.

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    wayne Rhinelander, Wi, United States 11-29-11
    wayne Rhinelander, Wi, United States 11-29-11
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    "Great Book"

    This a great read I have read many Civil War books and this is among the best. It reads like a novel and yet is filled with fascinating historical facts. I would recomend this book to anyone who has an interest in Lincoln or the Civil War.

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