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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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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
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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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Again, a pretty good book. It appears factual and follows known facts, but sometimes wanders in to speculation, which is what reporters do when they don't have facts. The novel like format adds to readability as it's not just another history. It's read by Bill O'Reilly, but was it really written by him? In the audiobook format, he spent about 1.5 hours, or 20% of the book, on the Virginia campaign, Spring 1865. True, that sets the stage at war's end, but much is unrelated to the book's theme. Additionally, there are some little known facts exposed: like the number of times that Lincoln's body is moved or reexamined (17) after burial. This is a fine popular primer, but don't take it as researched and scholarly historical fact. ( )
  buffalogr | Nov 21, 2015 |
KILLING LINCOLN:THE SHOCKING ASSASSINATION THAT CHANGED AMERICA FOREVER BY BILL O'REILLY takes the reader back over 150 years to be a witness to the last six weeks of Abraham Lincoln's life. Tired and numb with the burden of Civil War and knowing that he's a target anytime anywhere we get to live that time, that life and the lives of the people who shaped our United States of America. Whether you liked Lincoln or like the author Bill O'Reilly this book opens readers to the Lincoln we thought we knew, General Grant, slothenly dressed, General Lee always impeccably dressed and of course John Wilkes Booth the arrogant, handsome actor who will go down in history as Lincoln's assassin. As a lover of history I myself even learned some new facts from this book. Dont NOT read it because you dont like the author, you will be doing yourself a disservice. Read it because it is a fine work of Historical Fiction/Fact. You will be glad you did. ( )
  DDJTJ | Nov 20, 2015 |
didn't like the book,guess I'd have to be a fan of Bill O'Reilly. but the book reads like a modern day series of soundbites with video to follow. ( )
1 vote Amante | Oct 4, 2015 |
It was a well written, well researched book. By after reading it, I realized that it was WAY too much details for me and I really wasn't that interested in the subject. Also there was a lot of details that the author must have filled in because he couldn't have found all those details just from research. ( )
  KamGeb | Aug 8, 2015 |
Rated: B+
Fascinating account of the first few week between the final battles leading Lee to Appomattox and the assassination of Lincoln and the searching and killing of John Wilkes Booth. Couldn't put the book down. Lots of interesting insights I never knew like the larger conspiracy. ( )
  jmcdbooks | Apr 19, 2015 |
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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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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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