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Killing Lincoln

The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever
O'Reilly, Bill (Book - 2011 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Killing Lincoln


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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 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.
Authors: O'Reilly, Bill
Title: Killing Lincoln
the shocking assassination that changed America forever
Publisher: New York :, Henry Holt,, 2011.
Edition: 1st ed.
Characteristics: 324 p. :,ill. ;,24 cm.
Notes: Includes index.
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Additional Contributors: Dugard, Martin
ISBN: 9780805093070
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Report This Jul 11, 2013
  • JeanCaraRyan rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Great storyteller! Excellent read

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  • allisonwer rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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.

Report This Apr 28, 2013
  • Rainman rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

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.

Report This Sep 01, 2012
  • SpyderGT rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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.

Report This Jun 12, 2012
  • lfranz rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Fascinating - great read for history buffs -

Report This May 09, 2012
  • fictionrules rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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.

Report This Apr 19, 2012
  • writer13 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A riveting and thoroughly well researched account of the last days of the Civil War and the assination of Abraham Lincoln. The style of narrative really made this book flow and I commend both authors for choosing to write it this way. So often history books are dry and difficult to wade through but that is not the case here. The only thing that could've improved this book any more would've been the inclusion of details from the trial of the conspirators. Otherwise, this is a stellar read.

Report This Feb 25, 2012
  • KarenW rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Each chapter records the last weeks of the Civil War and Lincoln's life. Some of the coincidences give pause when you read them while some facts about the threats of assassination curl your hair. Truly a well crafted recreation of a shameful and sad period in American history.

Report This Jan 09, 2012
  • wearejoyful rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I found this book to be a fascinating read. The thing that intrigued me the most was that Lincoln had a dream prior to be assasinated.

Report This Dec 11, 2011
  • 23305013033655 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Excellent insight into this terrabel assault on our freedom. This is truly a masterwork of the first order

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Report This Jun 13, 2013
  • marciemcgowan63 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"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."

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  • marciemcgowan63 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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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