Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination that Changed America Forever

Killing Lincoln The Shocking Assassination that Changed America Forever A riveting historical narrative of the heart stopping events surrounding the assassination of Abraham Lincoln and the first work of history from mega bestselling author Bill O Reilly The anchor of Th

  • Title: Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination that Changed America Forever
  • Author: Bill O'Reilly Martin Dugard
  • ISBN: 9780805093070
  • Page: 332
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A riveting historical narrative of the heart stopping events surrounding the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, and the first work of history from mega bestselling 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 AmericaA riveting historical narrative of the heart stopping events surrounding the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, and the first work of history from mega bestselling author Bill O ReillyThe 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 catalog.loc cgi bin Pwebre

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    1. You know what my biggest problem with this book is? Bill O'Reilly. I just can't get past the fact that a pompous, bombastic talk show host gets to write a best-selling historical non-fiction book when there are real historians (you know, the kind with Ph.D.s that know how to use footnotes) that can't even find jobs. To be fair, it's very readable. O'Reilly and his co-author (who, alas, no one will remember) write in a very engaging manner. They do fall into the trap of over-speculating, saying t [...]

    2. Just for the record - Bill O'Reilly is a conceited ass. His book jacket description of himself (gag) almost made me not read the book, but alas, it's this month's bookclub choice, and since I attend every book club without fail I did indeed give in to peer pressure. Other than being terribly sad and kindof a downer obviously, it wasn't that bad. Lots of interesting details were included I'd never heard of before, and the novel form made it easier to read even if they did wildly speculate some of [...]

    3. When I walked into the theater to see the movie "Secretariat", I already knew Secretariat had won the Triple Crown. Still, my anxiety (and my pulse) increased during every race scene, and I cheered every victory. I chalk that up to terrific storytelling and a great director. And that's the same way I felt about this book.Obviously, I knew what was going to happen before I read page one, but I found myself hoping someone would stop arrogant and narcissistic John Wilkes Booth before he could carry [...]

    4. I read some of the ' reviews for this book and honestly, some of them are just stupid commentaries on Bill O'Reilly, the TV talk show host. I already know who Bill O'Reilly is and didn't want anyone to opine - just tell me what you thought of the book, for Pete's sake. Yes, Bill O'Reilly has written books and no, I hadn't read any of them. This one was on loan to me by a friend and I wasn't inspired to read it until after I saw the movie, "Lincoln." I agree with the reviews that describe the boo [...]

    5. I kept hearing about this book and no matter what your politics are, this story is worth reading. I listened on audio- the author, Bill O'Reilly narrates (which can be grating at times if I'm being truly honest, but he is passionate!). I found myself on the end of my seat (literally!). Even though, we all know the story about the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, I never knew all the details that led up to that detrimental night. This felt more like a narrative thriller than a historical non-fic [...]

    6. LOVED this book! I don't love that a great man was killed, but I love the way this book was put together. It did feel like a suspense novelbut full of history and truths that I have never heard about.I liked how the chapters headed with the date and the time, and switched back and forth between Pres. Lincoln and JW Booth. I feel it gave both sides very well. You could almost understand the feelings Booth had and his reasoning for what he did, in his mind anyway. I was doing very well just readin [...]

    7. In the spring of 1865, after a long day of meetings, Abraham Lincoln alongside his wife Mary, took to the theater. While Lincoln knew that he had a lot of enemies and had even thought there was a good chance he would be assassinated, he had no idea that his life was about to end.John Wilkes Booth was an anchor and charismatic ladies man as well as an impenitent racist. His hatred for Lincoln burned so strong it was obsession. He stressed over the details for months working out accomplices in the [...]

    8. The assassination of President Lincoln is one of those historical events that makes me cringe every time I think of it because of the tragic consequences. Lincoln would have been a far better man to handle reconstruction than Andrew Johnson by virtue of the fact that Lincoln had fought so hard to preserve the Union and Johnson nothing. Lincoln was already on record as desiring to give the states relatively easy terms to rejoin the Union and likely had a million more ideas in his head that would [...]

    9. Lincoln's assassination was a devastating event following the deadliest war in American history. It is so unfortunate that President Lincoln, a man portrayed as being deeply distraught over the massive divide in our country, was never able to participate in the reconstruction and unification of that broken nation. Always interested in this topic, I watched this while visiting my dad last summer and subsequently grabbing the book from his bookshelf, only to recently opt for the audio version from [...]

    10. this book was very intriguing. i could not put it down. historical narrative that seriously reads like fiction. but -it's not! i particularly liked the pace of the book as each chapter revealed the timeline laid out before you. you literally feel that you are witnessing history as it is happening. this book chronicles one of the darkest times in our nation's history- the civil war and the disturbing emotions among the north and the south as they battle to the bloody end. i had no idea that gener [...]

    11. I don't often give books five stars, but I found it hard to criticize this book. I received this as a Christmas present from my mother-in-law and she couldn't have picked anything I would have enjoyed more. The book was thoroughly researched and well-written. It did present some interesting theories about a wider conspiracy than history normally reports, but it wasn't overly conspiratorial. I enjoyed the description of Lee's desperate attempt to avoid Grant's army as he fled Petersberg, VA and t [...]

    12. The only things I remember about the Lincoln assassination were that he was shot in the back of the head at the theater by John Wilkes Booth, so this was an educational as well as an entertaining read.The book begins at towards the end of the civil war and so the battle scenes were a real attention grabber. Things get a bit dull during the build up to the assassination, but are absolutely heart stopping during the murder and aftermath. I had some problems with the writing style. I really liked t [...]

    13. Unfortunately, I think many may pass this novel by because co-author Bill O'Reilly is such a polarizing voice in political commentary today. Quite frankly, Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination that Changed America is one of the most riveting examples of historical non-fiction that I have ever read. Anyone with an interest in the U.S. Civil War, U.S. politics, and/or the U.S. Reconstruction era would be amiss in not taking advantage of the obviously laborious research and effort put forth [...]

    14. I loved this book. I cannot get enough from authors who write good historical narratives. Reading a book by Bill O'Reilly I wasn't sure what to expect. The real question is what part did Martin Dugard the co author play in the writing of this book? Whatever, the books writing reads like a story. This book does not bore you on dates, military battles, who is my right or left flank. No the reader is thrust into the last few months of the Civil War. The fall of Richmond and the surrender of Lee. Wh [...]

    15. Written slightly better than a 6th grade book report, this book manages to drain all the interest from a fascinating topic. It was basically a string of short, wiki-articles in chronological order. I couldn't find a single original thought in the entire 282 pages. It appears that each chapter is actually a watered-down, simplified summary of an article written by someone else.The fact that Bill O'Reilly's name appears in ALL CAPS and a larger font than the title of the book provides a fairly goo [...]

    16. I strongly dislike Bill O'Reilly for reasons that are obvious to those who have listened to him speak on political matters. It's not only that I disagree with most of what he says, but I especially object to his smug, superior attitude. However, I considered reading his book after he hawked it on TV several times and my cousin strongly recommended it. Even though she and I are political polars, I respect her opinion, and she assured me that O'Reilly was unbiased in this historical piece. I obtai [...]

    17. I really tried too hard to like this book because I was determined not to be prejudiced because I find Bill O'Reilly to be such a jackassUnfortunately he proved me right with this book. It can't really be considered a scholarly work on the topic because of all the fantasy situations he continually puts into the minds of the reader."Lincoln felt the breeze on his forehead." "Booth thought this.Booth thought that" Mary Todd Lincoln is portrayed as simply being a dumb cow. It just got gross after a [...]

    18. Clooney, Pitt or DiCaprio? Well, who will it be? Consider: John Wilkes was a handsome, well-recognized, full-of-himself actor. And according to O'Reilly, he was angry and looking for more fame. So he assassinates a sitting US president. It's too good to be fiction. And history belongs to the best story-teller.

    19. Бил О'Райли и Мартин Дъгард правят историята интересна и развлекателна. Много образователна и увличаща книгата за последните дни на Ейбрахам Линкълн, убиеца му, други ключови фигури от администрацията Линкълн. Книгата представя доста проверени факти, както и спекулации, к [...]

    20. I recently had the pleasure of reading Bill O'Reilly and his co-author Martin Dugard's wonderful book "Killing Lincoln". This is a sensational book written as a contemporary thriller and takes full use of this technique to avoid being a dull regurgitation of dates,facts and figures. This book is a thoroughly researched and documented effort to accurately describe the shocking and horrifying murder of perhaps America's greatest President.I must confess my knowledge of the Civil War era is extreme [...]

    21. While it was interesting to learn some of the details about Lincoln's assassination that I didn't know, this book is often repetitive and circular, teasing you with Civil War sentiments it never quite delves into. I know the book is not about the Civil War, but I found myself wishing it included more facts about Lincoln's policies during the war, more of his speeches, more of the country's sentiments and situation to set the scene for what the country lost when he was assassinated. I also wish t [...]

    22. I enjoy the Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard books as they make for very 'readable' history lessons. And it was an excellent idea of one of my GR group members that we read a book about a president for the month of February.Although I (and likely everyone) knows the story of President Lincoln's assassination, this book lent much detail of the 'behind-the-scenes' plotting and planning as well as insight into John Wilkes Booth. And added details to raise the question of whether or not he acted alon [...]

    23. Lincoln’s assassination in 1865 was as shocking as President Kennedy’s almost a century later, but reflected a country still polarized by war. Killing Lincoln by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard unrolls the drama leading up to John Wilkes Booth’s infamous act while unveiling the band of amateur conspirators. In fact, history classes tend to skip over the widespread rabid hatred of Lincoln and the motley group that conspired to murder the President. Perhaps it’s good to be reminded of su [...]

    24. There appear to be two kinds of people who read this book: those who hate Bill O'Reilly and those who enjoy the book. Every negative review I've read has invariably been prefaced by a profession of hate for the polarizing pundit, followed by vague intimations that the book has flaws and a grudging admission that the book itself actually wasn't bad; every positive review either seems to come from someone who likes O'Reilly or doesn't seem to care one way or the other about him. I am definitely on [...]

    25. A decent enough read. I could really picture the historical background and setting. While it is supposedly written like a thriller, I find it to be prone to errors as noted by one of the one-star reviewers here (i.e. talking about the Oval Office, which was not built when Lincoln was president, but in 1909 when Taft was president, and a gross misrepresentation of how Mary Surratt was treated -- she NEVER wore a hood while imprisoned, and she was NEVER on the "Montauk", etc.). Throwing in a long- [...]

    26. Boring narrator and boring focus. So much richness in this period and that's the best we get? Stopped after about 15% of the audio presentation. OVERALL GRADE: D

    27. The American Civil War was an incredibly bloody four year long conflict, that mercifully came to an end in the spring of 1865. Amid the tremendous toll suffered by both sides, President Abraham Lincoln's generous terms for Robert E. Lee's surrender are devised to fulfill President Lincoln's dream of healing a divided nation. The former Confederates were allowed to reintegrate into American society with no ostensible repercussions to be visited upon them by the populace.Simmering hatred and resen [...]

    28. Sad to say, but is not the place to go for sincere reviews. After reading some of the vitriol about Killing Lincoln’s authors, even sincere comments from those who actually read the book and didn't care for it are suspect in my eyes.I’ll go elsewhere from now on, not only for reviews but also to purchase. has lost its credibility. GoodReads is the place to go for honesty.#Killing Lincoln is a systematic process, following plausible, well-documented leads, laying out facts like a ladder, st [...]

    29. While interesting, this account of the Lincoln assassination was sadly disappointing. There are no references or footnotes cited. There are many instances when the authors presume a person is thinking one way or another without any witnesses or documented corroboration. For example, the authors speculate what President Lincoln is thinking when he sits alone in Jefferson Davis' office in Richmond after the Union has taken over the Confederate's Capitol. There is no mention that President Lincoln [...]

    30. A slow beginning to a riveting story. We know the main characters from the hurried lessons in our American History classes. Now we learn more about the conspiracy and the investigation after the murder that changed our country and took away one of the few real statesmen the world has known. A quick and easy to read page turner. This book remains me that American history was one of my favorite subjects in my yout(h). I have several historical novels lined up to read in the near future.

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