Killing Lincoln

Killing Lincoln

The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever

eBook - 2011
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This book is a historical narrative of the events that surrounded the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. The book 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 came 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, murdered Abraham Lincoln at Ford's Theatre. A furious manhunt ensued and Booth immediately became the country's most wanted fugitive. Lafayette C. Baker, a smart but shifty New York detective and former Union spy, unraveled the string of clues leading to Booth, while federal forces tracked his accomplices. The chase ended 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.
Published: New York :, Henry Holt and Co.,, 2011.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781429996877
Characteristics: 1 online resource (324 pages) :,illustrations, maps.
Additional Contributors: Dugard, Martin


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Mar 28, 2017

After a slow start, this book really picks up. O'Reilly takes information that has been presented before and presents it in a whole new fashion- strictly chronologically. The reader learns about Lincoln's and Booth's actions throughout the days leading up to and immediately following the assassination concurrently. There were many historical facts that I already knew, but I did enjoy reading about them presented in this new view, plus there were some new-to-me facts. This book was written by a popular radio host for the general population, so it's not overly dense or deep. I give it one thumb up and would recommend to readers wanting to know a little bit about the assassination. Hardcore Lincolnites would find it too light, I believe.

Jan 11, 2017

What an amazing story that came to life right before my eyes. I really enjoyed this book! I listened to it on an audiotape, but I know I will listen to it again! Bill O'Reilly did a marvelous job telling the events leading up to and what happened after Lincoln's death. I recently visited Washington, D.C. and really enjoyed visiting the places that O'Reilly mentioned in his book. Creating a biography of a life event that makes it feel so much like a fictional book is a great way to do this. It makes readers get more involved with the story and really think about the emotions people are going through during that time period. I loved how O'Reilly wrote this book and I cannot wait to read more.

Ham625 Mar 22, 2015

Well done, interesting page turner.

Mar 14, 2015

Love or hate Bill O'Reilly, the fast paced, pithy, and to the point style puts you right into the life of the greatest president our country will ever know. If you hate history, give this a try, it comes to life!

JeanCaraRyan Jul 11, 2013

Great storyteller! Excellent read

Jul 08, 2013

This book wasn't one of my normal picks but I will have to say I had no idea about all the people that were in this book and what their true personalities were like. I would definately recommend this one if you would like to really understand all that were involved in Lincoln's life and how the assisination really went down.

Apr 28, 2013

An excellent supplement to a walking tour I took while in Washington, D.C., in 2010. Most of the infamous sites mentioned are within several blocks of each other. It is clear that writing is not Mr. O'Reilly's primary specialty, making this an average novel from a literary standpoint, but historically, it is a fantastic picture of the time. It begins with the painful last days of the Civil War, and ends with a recap of the possibilities for conspiracy, without suggesting any final truth to them.

Sep 01, 2012

I picked this book because it was best-seller and because I had some passing interest in the Lincoln assassination, having toured the Ford Theatre and the White House some years ago. The book seems very well-researched and unbiased. I very much liked the author's presentation in the style of a fictional thriller. It was a page-turner. Although the details of the final battles of the Civil War aren't completely necessary, they were interesting and provided me with greater understanding of the divisions and hostility that continued following the Union's victory.

lfranz Jun 12, 2012

Fascinating - great read for history buffs -

May 09, 2012

Holy Moly! This is a great trip back in time. Well, it wasn't great about the outcome for President Lincoln, may he rest in peace. But the way this book is written places the reader in the middle of all the chaos of the final days of the Civil War, Lincoln's state of mind and many personal and political issues. It gives a very detailed description of who, what and where his demise involved/and how it occured. Read the book and am now listenening to book on c.d. to rehear the many details of names , places and events that happened in April of 1865. This is one of a few books that I may choose to read again in the future. My curiosity has been primed to learn more about the Civil War and the people who where involved in it's resolution.

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Mar 14, 2015

"To worry about death is to die a thousand times over instead of just once." ~ Abraham Lincoln

Jun 13, 2013

"Crook," Abraham Lincoln says to his bodyguard, "I believe there are men who want to take my life. And I have no doubt that they will do it."

Jun 13, 2013

The two men are walking down Pennsylvania Avenue, on their way back to the War Department for their second meeting of the day. Lincoln wants a short session with Stanton to discuss the fate of a Confederate ringleader who very recently made the mistake of crossing the border from Canada back into the United States.


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AL_SUSANW Oct 20, 2016

Love him or hate him, Bill O'Reilly made history read like a thriller. I was less than enthusiastic about this book club choice but O'Reilly's recounting kept my interest and as a bonus, enhanced a trip as a chaperone for an 8th grade Washington DC trip!


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