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Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination that Changed America Forever Hardcover – Sep 27 2011

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (Sept. 27 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805093079
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805093070
  • Product Dimensions: 16.4 x 2.9 x 24.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 431 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 22 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #46,351 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“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 a must read historical thriller. Bill O'Reilly recounts the dramatic events of the spring of 1865 with such exhilarating immediacy that you will feel like you are walking the streets of Washington, DC, on the night that John Wilkes Booth shot Abraham Lincoln. This is a hugely entertaining, heart-stopping read.” ―Vince Flynn, author of American Assassin

“If Grisham wrote a novel about April 1865…it might well read like Killing Lincoln.” ―Peter J. Boyer, Newsweek

“[Killing Lincoln] delivers a taut, action-packed narrative with cliff-hangers aplenty...” ―The Christian Science Monitor

“[Killing Lincoln] is nonfiction, albeit told in white-knuckled, John Grisham-like style.” ―New York Post

About the Author

Bill O'Reilly is the anchor of The O'Reilly Factor, the highest-rated cable news show in the country. He is the author of many number-one bestselling books, including Killing Kennedy, Killing Jesus, and Killing Patton.

Martin Dugard is the New York Times bestselling author of several books of history. He and his wife live in Southern California with their three sons.


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"Killing Lincoln" is an attention grabbing history of the last days of the Civil War and the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. It focuses first on the cat and mouse game between Robert E. Lee, as he tried to find as escape route for his Army of Northern Virginia to the Carolinas, and Ulysses S. Grant who tried to trap Lee. With Lee's surrender the focus shifts to the Booth conspiracy and its target.

Author Bill O'Reilly gives the reader an hour by hour account of its subjects. We read of Booth's racism, his womanizing, his hatred of Lincoln and the step by step evolution of the conspiracy from kidnapping to murder. We follow Lincoln through the last few days of his life as he, along among his acquaintances, seems unconcerned with the assassination threat. While May Lincoln worries, the reader is introduced to each of Booth's co-conspirators.

The story is well told and read and the facts are fascinating. The thought of Robert Lincoln keeping company with Boot's secret fiancée boggles the mind. O'Reilly discusses various conspiracy theories without adopting any of them, other than the proven Booth conspiracy. My only reservation about this book is its obvious inaccuracies. Lincoln is repeatedly mentioned as being in the Oval Office, a room constructed during the Theodore Roosevelt Administration, forty years later. We are told that Dan Sickles killed his mistress's husband, but actually it was his wife's paramour. If this work cannot keep easily researched facts like that straight, how can we trust it to accurately report the obscure details that make this book so fascinating? Read it for the tale, but be cautious about quoting the anecdotes.
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Right off the bat, exactly the first 83 pages are related to the surrender of Robert E Lee in Appomattox. I understand that linking the end of the Civil
War with the murder of Lincoln is unavoidable, but 83 pages out of 300 invested in introduction is a bit much for me.

Secondly, trying to link, in any way or by any detour, Secretary of War Edwin Stanton to a "conspiracy" is not only preposterous, but also injurious to the legacy and memory of Stanton.

I also did not get the impression that I learned anything new, until I arrived at page 225 or so. The last 75 pages are thrilling. I especially appreciated what Dr Charles Leale did for the Great Lincoln. Leale, a young doctor, unprepared and brutally pitched into a situation unlike any other in human history, made all the right decisions in a confused, swirling, tumultuous and noisy surrounding. His only concern was for the confort of Lincon. The Great Emancipator, God bless, was in very good hands in his last few hours on earth.

Dr Leale should be remember as a true American Heroe. I'm glad I've read the book, only to learn the part Dr Leale played in this drama.
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O'Reilly needs an editor in this read-through. One example--the word is cavalry, not calvary. And there are many more. It took away from the story. Also there is way too much supposition about the mental states of the characters. I wish he'd given us more quotes than the few he quoted from various sources. THAT was interesting.
Overall, way too long.
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Unbelievable how Bill O. makes one feel like they are right in the scene at the time. This book is riveting. It
is so detailed also in describing Booth who was never really described in character in the history books. I
saw the chair at the Ford Museum in Michigan when I was a little kid and until this day have been fascinated
by this wonderful man. I strongly advise everyone to purchase this most detailed in history, personal lives
of the characters, great description of the battles, and entertaining in content book.
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Don't believe me?
A reviewer for the official National Park Service bookstore at Ford’s Theatre has recommended that Bill O’Reilly’s bestselling new book about the Lincoln assassination not be sold at the historic site “because of the lack of documentation and the factual errors within the publication.”
Stick to divisive politics, Billo.
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Very interesting part of American History, well written & looking forward to reading more. Will be also looking for this type of
Canadian history linking the 2 countries & what folowed after Lincoln's death regarding slavery.
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This book taught me history that I knew nothing about. It was also interesting and kept my interest right to the end. I recommend this book to anyone who like to read novels that also teach them some history.
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Bien écrit et bien présenté. Mais c'est l'Histoire qui se répète et on n'apprend pas grand'chose de plus. Mais, sommes toutes, c'est intéressant.
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