Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination that Changed America Forever (The Killing of Historical Figures)
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'...more
To be fair, it's very readable. O'Reilly and his co-author (who, alas, no one will remember) write in a very engaging manner. They do fall into the trap of over-speculating, saying t ...more
Other than being terribly sad and kindof a downer obviously, it wasn't that bad. Lots of interesting details were included I'd never heard of before, and the novel form made it easier to read even if they did wildly speculate some of ...more
Obviously, I knew what was going to happen before I read page one, but I found myself hoping someone would stop arrogant and narcissistic John Wilkes Booth before he could carry ...more
Yes, Bill O'Reilly has written books and no, I hadn't read any of them. This one was on loan to me by a friend and I wasn't inspired to read it until after I saw the movie, "Lincoln." I agree with the reviews that describ ...more
John Wilkes Booth was an anchor and charismatic ladies man as well as an impenitent racist. His hatred for Lincoln burned so strong it was obsession. He stressed over the details for months... working out accomplices in ...more
I liked how the chapters headed with the date and the time, and switched back and forth between Pres. Lincoln and JW Booth. I feel it gave both sides very well. You could almost understand the feelings Booth had and his reasoning for what he did, in his mind anyway.
I was doing very well just rea ...more
I enjoyed the description of Lee's desperate attempt to avoid Grant's army as he fled Petersberg, VA and t ...more
The book begins at towards the end of the civil war and so the battle scenes were a real attention grabber. Things get a bit dull during the build up to the assassination, but are absolutely heart stopping during the murder and aftermath.
I had some problems with the writing style. I really liked t ...more
I've read many of O'Reilly's political and autobiographical books. I've not read his venture into fiction – “Those Who Trespass” – but “Killing Lincoln” is NOTHING like his previous efforts. In fact, I wonder just how much of this is O'Reilly, and how much belongs to Martin Dugard, whose name is also o ...more
I’ll go elsewhere from now on, not only for reviews but also to purchase. Amazon has lost its credibility. GoodReads is the place to go for honesty.
Killing Lincoln is a systematic process, following plausible, well-documented leads, laying out facts like a la ...more
That's kind of how I felt about Killing Lincoln. Coming on the heels of having read an excellent bio ...more
I must confess my knowledge of the Civil War era is extreme ...more
The fact that Bill O'Reilly's name appears in ALL CAPS and a larger font than the title of the book provides a fairly goo ...more
I was really reluctant to give this book to my hubby for Christmas, but am glad that I did... We live in a Republican/Democrat marriage, and I thought, 'A Bill O'Reilly book will only cause trouble'
If you are avoiding this book for 'political reasons' as I was, you need not worry-- this book is strictly about Lincoln, and presenting the story of end of the Civil War and his assassination in a 'thriller format'.
While much of the dialog must have come from the author's imagination, I have to say t ...more
The final nine days of the Civil War follow Confederate General Robert E. Lee chasing supplies and reinforcements for h ...more
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O'Reilly also hosts The Radio Factor, a radio program syndicated by Westwood One, and he has written seven books.
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