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Killing Lincoln Audiobook

Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever

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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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    Sharon L Talley CITRUS HEIGHTS, CA, US 04-22-16
    Sharon L Talley CITRUS HEIGHTS, CA, US 04-22-16 Member Since 2015
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    I liked it as I never knew the details of the assassination before. Very tragic story. The narrator is excellent.

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    jennifer 04-10-16
    jennifer 04-10-16
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    "Very informative and accurate."

    This book was very informative and historically accurate. Some writers tend to add their opinion into these types of books; however, Mr. O'Reilly did not do this.

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    Julia 04-06-16
    Julia 04-06-16 Member Since 2014
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    "excellent"

    I really enjoyed this book. A facinating story of our dear President and his assassin.

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    S. M. Perez Phoenix, AZ 04-05-16
    S. M. Perez Phoenix, AZ 04-05-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Outstanding!"

    Couldn't wait to see how it ended. Then I was sad it was over. Will listen again to the riveting presentation.

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    Amazon Customer 04-03-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Killing Lincoln"

    Very informative. Will probably listen to it again. Appreciate that the time frames were pointed out.

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    Brian Forstner 03-30-16
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    "Exactly what I would expect!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Killing Lincoln to be better than the print version?

    Did not read the print version.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Booth's girlfriend - extraneous character that I had no idea about.


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

    All - hearing Bill do other quotes was funny.


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

    The point when Booth left his girlfriend before the assasination.


    Any additional comments?

    Great read/listen. An interesting take on a historical event.

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    Dobbie 03-28-16
    Dobbie 03-28-16 Member Since 2016
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    "great listen!"
    What did you love best about Killing Lincoln?

    Great history. Told more than I ever knew (and I thought I knew a lot)


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

    I never knew about the battles at the very end of the war and how hard they were fought.


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

    No, first time, but also purchased Killing Jesus to listen to next.


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

    I have no idea


    Any additional comments?

    Glaring use of "Calvary" instead of "cavalry" throughout the whole book. I am surprised someone didn't catch this! I enjoyed the "wrap up" at the end when we learned what happened to all the major players in the story.

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    Robert 03-27-16
    Robert 03-27-16
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    "A GOOD READ! (listen )"

    I found it the most educational background. of Lincoln, and those around him! Good Book!

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    K. Lane 03-20-16
    K. Lane 03-20-16
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    "Excellent Non-Fiction"

    Well written and captivating. Bill O'Reilly made history come alive. I will listen to this many times.

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    Jeremy Oden 03-17-16
    Jeremy Oden 03-17-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Worth buy"

    It was good to hear O'Reilly narrate. Good story line. A lot of chapters that I used for stopping points.

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    good story and the teller slso put in some effort. plot was quite enthralling. overall recommended.

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  • Neil
    11/24/16
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    "Bringing it to life."

    Not sure how much of the story is fiction but written in a style which always keeps you engaged.

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  • David Richardson
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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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