Killing Lincoln

Killing Lincoln

The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever

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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. Reprint.

McMillan Palgrave

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 iconic 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.



Publisher: New York : Henry Holt, c2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781250105219
9780805093070
Branch Call Number: 973.7092 ORE
Characteristics: 324 p. :,ill., ports. ;,25 cm.
Additional Contributors: Dugard, Martin

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lone_swagman
Sep 30, 2017

Just finished this book and it was an easy read, meaning it was well writtened. The two authors did present a good accounting of the events leading up to and after the death of Lincoln.

But he, they seem to gloss over some elements of this event - which can be seen as necessary in a effort of this type.

Some of the suggestions to who else may have been involved before the actual event and their degree of involvement were/are debatable, have been agrued over 150 years, and will no doubt continue to be the topic of speculation.

This book and the PBS program based on this book are far better resources than a video presentation I just watched on the National Geographic channel - which suggested that Jessie James was in some manner an associate of Booth and helped (thru his crimes) finance Booth, the others who attempted to kill the government that night, and a secret organization based in Canada........

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mlharr
Mar 28, 2017

After a slow start, this book really picks up. O'Reilly takes information that has been presented before and presents it in a whole new fashion- strictly chronologically. The reader learns about Lincoln's and Booth's actions throughout the days leading up to and immediately following the assassination concurrently. There were many historical facts that I already knew, but I did enjoy reading about them presented in this new view, plus there were some new-to-me facts. This book was written by a popular radio host for the general population, so it's not overly dense or deep. I give it one thumb up and would recommend to readers wanting to know a little bit about the assassination. Hardcore Lincolnites would find it too light, I believe.

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briwhitley
Jan 11, 2017

What an amazing story that came to life right before my eyes. I really enjoyed this book! I listened to it on an audiotape, but I know I will listen to it again! Bill O'Reilly did a marvelous job telling the events leading up to and what happened after Lincoln's death. I recently visited Washington, D.C. and really enjoyed visiting the places that O'Reilly mentioned in his book. Creating a biography of a life event that makes it feel so much like a fictional book is a great way to do this. It makes readers get more involved with the story and really think about the emotions people are going through during that time period. I loved how O'Reilly wrote this book and I cannot wait to read more.

Ham625 Mar 22, 2015

Well done, interesting page turner.

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AndrewRossLibrary
Mar 14, 2015

Love or hate Bill O'Reilly, the fast paced, pithy, and to the point style puts you right into the life of the greatest president our country will ever know. If you hate history, give this a try, it comes to life!

JeanCaraRyan Jul 11, 2013

Great storyteller! Excellent read

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allisonwer
Jul 08, 2013

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.

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Rainman
Apr 28, 2013

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.

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SpyderGT
Sep 01, 2012

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.

lfranz Jun 12, 2012

Fascinating - great read for history buffs -

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AndrewRossLibrary
Mar 14, 2015

"To worry about death is to die a thousand times over instead of just once." ~ Abraham Lincoln

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marciemcgowan63
Jun 13, 2013

"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
Jun 13, 2013

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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AL_SUSANW Oct 20, 2016

Love him or hate him, Bill O'Reilly made history read like a thriller. I was less than enthusiastic about this book club choice but O'Reilly's recounting kept my interest and as a bonus, enhanced a trip as a chaperone for an 8th grade Washington DC trip!

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