Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination that Changed America Forever
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 the details of how Booth planned the assassination. Had he not broken his leg while jumping to the...more
“Killing Lincoln” Book Review: 4 out 5
“Killing Lincoln” written by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard is a tremendous book that walks the reader through the final days of the Civil War, the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, the chase for John Wilkes Booth, and the trials of the co-conspirators.
The book begins in the final days of the Civil War as Union General U.S. Grant tries to capture Robert E. Lee and the Confederates. After many grueling days the war is finally over and Confede...more
Killing Lincoln chronicles the events leading up to, and succeeding, one of the most recognized crimes in our nation’s history: the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. The novel attempts to detail critical aspects of the historic event, digging into the conspiracy as well as the minds of prominent figures such as Ulysses S. Grant and the 16th President himself, all while keeping the reader on the edge of his or her seat. It succeeds. Bill O’Reilly does an excellent job of cha...more
Bill O’Reilly’s Killing Lincoln is a fast-paced, factual documentation of the events before, during, and after the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, possibly the nation’s favorite and best president ever. There is a wide range of feelings towards this book. A lot of people hated it because they believe that Bill O’Reilly’s views are too controversial. I did not fall into this category of people. Though I do find the author extremely controversial, I thought he accomplished per...more
I loved the part about Dr. Leale, the young doctor with only two months experience, who was the first to attend the President at the scene and stayed with him doin...more
I didn't expect to find it in O'Reilly's book. Why? Because the book was marketed as a suspense novel or a historical thriller. I expected a greater emphasis laid on prose and craftmanship than historical accuracy (like Spielberg's movie, which sacrificed history for cinematography).
In short, I expected enter...more
The book is divided into sections, brilliantly! Part One was a little more of a challenge to read and follow the characters than I thought it would be. I actually broke out a red and...more
O'Reilly knows how to get dramatic and hold a listner's attention. I am aware of who he is, but will admit that I've never sat through an entire set of his on the news station. What I heard here is a veteran rabble-rouser ... someone who can get you excited and keep you anxious about what comes next.
Although his voice work is great, part of this excitement is in the writing itself. (Who REALLY wrote this?) My knowled...more
"I have always been fascinated by a good, real-life mystery. Amelia Earhart, JFK, and the Russian princess Anastasia are just a few of the historical mysteries that have always intrigued me. I had never really thought of the assassination of Abraham Lincoln as much of a mystery though. Everyone knows that John Wilkes Booth, the crazy actor, shot Lincoln while he was in the theater watching a play. Most people are even familiar with his shout of 'Sic semper tyrranus!' H...more
Note that a lot of space in the beginning of the book is meant to describe the actions before the assassination, so this isn't wholly dedicated to the assassination. It felt a bit unnecessary and light at the beginni...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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