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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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    Daniel Maumee, OH, United States 04-11-12
    Daniel Maumee, OH, United States 04-11-12
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    What did you love best about Killing Lincoln?

    I learned some aspects about the Lincoln assassination which were previously unknow to me.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Killing Lincoln?

    The part I found most memorable was learning that Lincoln was supposed to have a bodyguard controlling egress to his booth at the Ford Theater and this duffus ended up taking off to indulge in some drinks at the bar next door. If he'd stayed at his post and resisted Booth's undeterred entrance to Lincoln's booth, the whole assassination attempt would have probably been foiled and the subsequent history would have taken a whole different path. That this clown went unpunished while all the southern conspirators ended up with a bullet through the throat or at the end of a rope (even Mary Surrott) makes one recognize that the idoicies of our current era are not necessarily any more ridiculous than the ones of 137 years ago.


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

    I've been a fan of Bill O'Reilly on Fox News'


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The fact that Linocln hung on as long as he did, and died the next day made his ultimate demise seem all the more moving.


    Any additional comments?

    Access to this audio book was a Christmas gift from my son. I've enjoyed having the opportunity to hear this particular book read by one of my favorite TV news commentators, so I want to thank my son for his generosity.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel Littleton, CO, United States 03-23-12
    Daniel Littleton, CO, United States 03-23-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Bill O'Reilly Nailed this one"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Killing Lincoln to be better than the print version?

    Yes


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Killing Lincoln?

    The whole book. I thought I knew a lot about history but I learned something at almost every turn of the story!


    Have you listened to any of Bill O'Reilly’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No. But I will now.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The rest of the story.


    Any additional comments?

    Bill did a great job of reading this!

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Philip Upper Hutt, New Zealand 04-16-12
    Philip Upper Hutt, New Zealand 04-16-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Fascinating story of a man ahead of his time"
    What did you love best about Killing Lincoln?

    Surprisingly Bill O'Reilly's enthusiasm for his text. One got a sense of tragedy for all the characters that were involved in this extremely brutal and messy affair. Difficult to envisage the brutality of the world at this time without such biographies or to understand the primitive nature of both politics and medicine. These conspiracies continue but one really hopes we have more consideration for mankind (which involves both the good and the bad in this a story). Then there was Kennedy. They did a better detective job with Lincoln's Assassination than his.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Killing Lincoln?

    The moment of assassination and the wind up of what happened to everyone.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Nothing. Maybe a bit journalistic but despite this he kept me enthralled by the evolving story - as a BRIT (in NZ) - much of which I did not know.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    If only.... but it was one I could not wait to get back to.


    Any additional comments?

    No, a great read. Worth every cent (penny!).

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Utah 12-17-13
    Amazon Customer Utah 12-17-13 Member Since 2009

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    I enjoyed this book a whole lot more than I thought I would. I have read a lot of books about Lincoln and the Civil War, but this one made me feel like I was right there. After reading about the death of Lincoln, I felt the need to mourn, and briefly wondered why no one else was feeling that way. There is so much information in this book that I found myself paying closer attention than usual so I would not miss anything. It moves along at a fast pace and reads like a novel.

    Although I am not convinced that I want to read O'Reilly's other "Killing" books, I highly recommend this one.

    I often shy away from books read by the author, but in this case, O'Reilly did a great job of narrating.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    William Hurst, TX, United States 11-08-12
    William Hurst, TX, United States 11-08-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Decent Book - Bad Narration"
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    O'Reilly's "Killing Kennedy" was really good. This book was enjoyable but not as good.

    Unfortunately, O'Reilly became very annoying by using the word "cavalry" hundreds of times, but pronouncing it "calvary" every time. There were a few other quirks—like saying "century" when he meant "sentry" or mispronouncing "pandemonium"—but the confusion of Golgatha with a horse soldier happened every few seconds for the first two and a half hours of the book and became grating—like a person who says "nook-cyoo-ler" and then manages to use it in every sentence.

    15 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Karen Saco, ME, United States 01-08-13
    Karen Saco, ME, United States 01-08-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Not as good as I expected"
    What aspect of Bill O'Reilly’s performance would you have changed?

    Don't get me wrong. I love Bill O'Reilly as a comentator, but as the narrator of this book, he is a poor choice. Listening to him is like listening to his broadcasts: strident declarative sentences, sardonic tone, and inappropriate inflections. His narrative voice has a sharp edge that in my opinion detracted from the storytelling. And call me picky, but I grew increasingly irritated every time he mispronounced CAV-alry as CAL-very. It's a war story -- that word came up a LOT!

    In short, Bill should stick to broadcasting.


    Any additional comments?

    This story was introduced in the prologue as a thriller, but I really didn't find it thrilling at all. Interesting, yes, but nowhere near what it has been built up to be. This was not the best choice I've made at Audible. And I won't try "Killing Kennedy" because of my disappointment with this book.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    PETER LAWRENCEVILLE, GA, United States 11-20-12
    PETER LAWRENCEVILLE, GA, United States 11-20-12 Member Since 2011
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    "This author shouldn't narrate"

    Very entertaining and informative presentation of this period in history. Lots of interesting facts and relationships I learned about for the first time. The narration was at first annoying, but it either got better as the book went on or I ignored it because book was so interesting. Author/Narrator sounded like he does in his TV show, the factor, talking fast to get as much in as possible before the next commercial. Lacked cadence, timing, and properly placed pauses, and was difficult to listen to at first, until I got used to it. Listeners are not in a race to get through a book quickly; we want to have time to savor and digest the information or story, and to be entertained. Listening was not easy, but interesting look at inside history made up for it.

    Narration got a little better in the next book, Killing Kennedy, or maybe I just knew what to expect. But Kennedy book was just as informative as Killing Lincoln. Note to Author - next book, please hire a professional narrator.

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    Lisa Austin, TX, United States 04-14-12
    Lisa Austin, TX, United States 04-14-12 Member Since 2008
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    "I LOVED this book"
    If you could sum up Killing Lincoln in three words, what would they be?

    Suspenseful, action, interesting

    This was an excellent book and it really did read as a thriller. I learned so much that I did not know. On the day of Lincoln's assassination, as I listened I could barely catch my breath. I thought, "This is crazy - I know exactly what happens?!?!?" but I couldn't help it - I was so entranced.

    I am not much of a history buff, but am literally counting the moments until the "Killing Kennedy" book comes out. This was phenomenal.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    claire SEBASTOPOL, CA, United States 04-10-12
    claire SEBASTOPOL, CA, United States 04-10-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Histroy comes alive"
    If you could sum up Killing Lincoln in three words, what would they be?

    Informative, Interesting, Complex


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Killing Lincoln?

    The hours prior to and following his death


    What about Bill O'Reilly’s performance did you like?

    He is a great storyteller. He provides facts when available and also highlights unanswered questions.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    descriptions of battles and bloodshed


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    lannet Tahlequah, OK, United States 03-19-12
    lannet Tahlequah, OK, United States 03-19-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Riveting! Kept me on the edge of my seat!"
    What made the experience of listening to Killing Lincoln the most enjoyable?

    The author did a wonderful job at drawing me into the sights, sounds and even the smells of these historic American days.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was told in way that made it unforgettable.


    Which character – as performed by Bill O'Reilly – was your favorite?

    Hard to choose. Probably Abraham Lincoln.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    For the most part, yes.


    Any additional comments?

    I would love to hear more historical accounts told with this quality of story-telling artistry!
    THANK YOU FOR A JOB WELL DONE MR. O'REILLY!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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  • David Richardson
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    4/7/13
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    "A bit disappointing"

    I got this title in to get some background anticipation of watching the Day-Lewis movie. It was rather disappointing though, certainly in the earliest parts of the book where a great deal of time seems to be spent discussing closing battles of the Civil War which are of tangential relevance at best to the assassination. The author also seems to have had unique access to Wilkes Booth's unexpressed thoughts - we are frequently told what the assassin was thinking or feeling without any obvious source material. The actual story of the assassination is reasonably well told but I suspect that there are better books out there.

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