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 Henry Holt and Company (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)
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.
I learned some aspects about the Lincoln assassination which were previously unknow to me.
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.
I've been a fan of Bill O'Reilly on Fox News'
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.
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.
The whole book. I thought I knew a lot about history but I learned something at almost every turn of the story!
No. But I will now.
The rest of the story.
Bill did a great job of reading this!
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.
The moment of assassination and the wind up of what happened to everyone.
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.
If only.... but it was one I could not wait to get back to.
No, a great read. Worth every cent (penny!).
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.
Informative, Interesting, Complex
The hours prior to and following his death
He is a great storyteller. He provides facts when available and also highlights unanswered questions.
descriptions of battles and bloodshed
The author did a wonderful job at drawing me into the sights, sounds and even the smells of these historic American days.
It was told in way that made it unforgettable.
Hard to choose. Probably Abraham Lincoln.
For the most part, yes.
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!
Day to day events
Capture of the assassins
Timeline of Terror
Want to read more about Lincoln now
Yes and I have. For history fans it is seldom we get an accurate book that reads like a novel. There are some points of conjecture, rather than detract, they make the book better.
Not applicable, rather, the character development of the historical figures was extremely well done. I learned something about each of them I did not know before.
Whenever the author reads his/her own book they provide emphasis where they intended it; if you will, O'Reilly adds depth to the book.
You thought you knew John Wilkes Booth?
Audible should figure out how to make the pictures from texts and non-fiction available to its listeners.
I was not sure what to expect out of this audiobook. I thought it would at least be a good history lesson. What a surprise to discover it is as good as some of the best thrillers I have ever read or listened to. More than being a thriller it is also a suspenseful crime novel. Of the more than 1,000 audio books I own this ranks in the top 20. O'Reilly tells us the story of the days leading up to Lincolns assassination, by giving us a look at the private thoughts of all the characters.
Let me quote The Examiner, which hits the mark with:
"O’Reilly uses clever literary devices like referring to Lincoln as “the man who only had six weeks to live” in the very first line and a few pages later as “the man who had fourteen days to live.” Reviewers of the book from the Washington Post and Newsweek compared O’Reilly’s writing style to that of popular courtroom thriller novelist John Grisham."
I could not agree more. The literary devices are brilliantly used to keep the reader/listner enthralled. Over and over O'Reilly reminds us that Lincoln had a burning desire to reunite the nation when the war ends. Lincoln was also fairly confident that he would be assassinated and O'Reilly weaves these forebodings brilliantly into the story. I noticed that many reviews of Killing Lincoln are based on a hatred of Bill O'Reilly, which shows a real lack of intellectual honesty. What a shame that some people might be turned away because of such narrow mindedness. Finally, a lot of folks do not like O'Reilly reading the book, but I found him to be very competent and entertaining. You will not be sorry if you buy this gem.
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