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Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination that Changed America Forever (original 2011; edition 2011)

by Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard

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Member:jaygheiser
Title:Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination that Changed America Forever
Authors:Bill O'Reilly
Other authors:Martin Dugard
Info:Henry Holt and Co. (2011), Edition: 1, Hardcover, 336 pages
Collections:Your library, First Edition
Rating:****
Tags::incoln, Abraham Lincoln

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Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination that Changed America Forever by Bill O'Reilly (2011)

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    Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln's Killer by James L. Swanson (John_Vaughan)
    John_Vaughan: For a rather more conventional treatment of the same history.
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Nice and pithy as O'Reilly prides himself on! It was good but not the level of writing as similar nonfiction as the likes of Erik Larson, Timothy Egan or Alison Wier. ( )
  Jen.ODriscoll.Lemon | Jan 22, 2016 |
In this rendition of a very well known story, O'Reilly displays the facts like it is happening during his 8PM show, The O'Reilly Factor. The best way to tell a story is to tell it with no bias. In this novel, despite his Fox News ethos, O'Reilly tells the story straight. With more formal language than Greta's Straight Talk My Turn At the Bully Pulpit, O'Reilly draws the reader into one of the most important and infamous assassinations of this country.
To be critical, there is no new information. However, how does one expect there too be more information on a story that is told in classrooms every year. One thing I would have preferred O'Reilly to expand upon was the search for John WIlkes Booth. I would have liked to know more about how he escaped, through what means, and what his real motives were. Also, I think one of the most interesting things about the assassination was the conspiracy that involves Booth allegedly successfully escaping the scene and the place where he was killed. I would have liked to know how true or valid the theory of Booth placing an imposter in his place.
Overall, the book was an interesting take on how to tell a well-known story. ( )
  TommyGodric | Jan 21, 2016 |
The authors did well in this nonfiction's depiction of the end of the Civil War, which fueled noted stage actor and southern sympathizer John Wilkes Booth's drive to lead a small group of conspirators, to assassinate President Lincoln and to escape into northern Virginia. Refusing to surrender, he was shot by a Union soldier. I did learn a couple of facts that I had not known before including the fact the President Lincoln was not only intended victim that fateful night on April 14th. Additionally, one of the conspirators was the boarding house owner, Mary Surratt, who became the first and only woman hung by the U.S. government. I was surprised that Booth was only 26 years old when he died. ( )
  John_Warner | Jan 19, 2016 |

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  CarmenMilligan | Jan 18, 2016 |
Very dramatic reading. Very well written documentary. ( )
  cjservis | Jan 18, 2016 |
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This material [recently published primary sources] represents virtually all of the primary documentary record of the assassination, and is readily available for anyone wishing to research every aspect of the assassination for less than $200. It is inexcusable not to avail oneself of this essential record in researching and writing about this
important event. By their own account, the authors relied on the writing of previous authors, and in doing so perpetuated both a wealth of errors and a number of hoary myths.
 

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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0805093079, Paperback)

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.

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Describes the events surrounding the assassination of Abraham Lincoln and the hunt to track down John Wilkes Booth and his accomplices.

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