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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

Critic Reviews

"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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An outstanding presentation of important history.

What made the experience of listening to Killing Lincoln the most enjoyable?

It included a lot of detail I didn't learn in history lessons with emphasis on the objectives, motivations and emotions without a lot of

What did you like best about this story?

It is interesting, believable, and held my attention.

Which scene was your favorite?

Can't decide, maybe Lincoln's (or perhaps the author's) apparent anticipation and acceptance of the end result.

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

What you didn't know about...<br/>

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Debra
  • Mesquite, NV, United States
  • 03-06-12

AS GOOD AS I THOUGHT IT WOULD BE!

If you could sum up Killing Lincoln in three words, what would they be?

Enlightening, entertaining and engrossing.

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

The perspective of Booth as he plans the assassination.

Which scene was your favorite?

Didn't have a favorite.

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

May have wanted to but didn't.

Any additional comments?

No.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • R
  • Houston, OH, United States
  • 03-05-12

Great book ... you won't be disappointed

Where does Killing Lincoln rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Killing Lincoln is one of the best audiobooks I have listened to ... it will keep your interest from beginning to end.

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

The book gives a lot of insight into why John Wilkes Booth decided to kill President Lincoln.

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

U.S. Grant was one of my favorite characters in the book.

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

The gutless act of killing a person, let alone the President of the U.S.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Richie
  • plains, pa, United States
  • 03-05-12

Truth is more interesting than fiction

If you could sum up Killing Lincoln in three words, what would they be?

Well told story of a major event in US history that pulls the reader into it the drama and keeps them there.

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

I could feel my own emotions reacting to the events as they unfolded.

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

I cannot imagine anyone else telling this story, well done Bill.

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

No doubt the sadness of losing such a great man.

Any additional comments?

To Bill O'Reilly, more, more, more, don't leave me with this cupidity.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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I liked it

It was a good narrative about the killing of Abraham Lincoln. I think if you are into Civil War history you would really like this book. I didn't mind Bill O'Reilly. Don't get it is you don't like him.

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  • Brian
  • Milton, NY, United States
  • 03-04-12

I liked it

It was a good narrative about the killing of Abraham Lincoln. I think if you are into Civil War history you would really like this book. I didn't mind Bill O'Reilly. Don't get it is you don't like him.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • arlene
  • Laguna Beach, CA, United States
  • 03-04-12

Great Listening

If you could sum up Killing Lincoln in three words, what would they be?

Enthrauling

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

Learning so much about the interactions and lives of the people involved.

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

Inflections while reading

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

Description of the assasination

Any additional comments?

I think this should be a must read for school children to bring back some realties of past sacrafices of war,conviction and self sacrafice.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Outstanding!

After listening to 100's of audiobooks...Killing Lincoln is in the top ten that held my attention! Thank You Mr. O'Reilly & Mr. Dugard!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Ron
  • United States
  • 02-14-12

A Gripping Tale.

Would you consider the audio edition of Killing Lincoln to be better than the print version?

Bill O'Reilly does an outstanding job reading. It is much better than the print version.

What did you like best about this story?

The hint that there might have been more people involved than were charged.

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

Yes. They all are good. I like the fact that this one is historical.<br/>

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It made me think how time and chance play a big part in history.

Any additional comments?

Outstanding!!<br/>

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • KELLY
  • Sharpsburg, GA, United States
  • 02-13-12

Killing Lincoln scores a BIG HIT!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, because of all the

Who was your favorite character and why?

Lincoln, of course! He was one of our greatest Presidents of all times!

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

He is easy to listen to.

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

Yes

3 of 3 people found this review helpful