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Lincoln's Last Days: The Shocking Assassination that Changed America Forever

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Lincoln’s Last Days is a gripping account of one of the most dramatic nights in American history—of how one gunshot changed the country forever. Adapted from Bill O’Reilly’s bestselling historical thriller, Killing Lincoln, this book will have young readers—and grown-ups too—hooked on history.

In the spring of 1865, President Abraham Lincoln travels through Washington, D.C....more
Hardcover, 316 pages
Published August 21st 2012 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
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Amanda
I borrowed this one from a friend after I saw the movie Lincoln, which was an amazing movie. I refuse to comment on the author because it seems most reviews of this book are actually either rants about O'Reilly or people defending him and frankly, I don't care. It's annoying when I was just trying to find a good review of the book.

To me, this book is technically historical fiction. It's not possible that anyone knew the level of detail that is depicted here and since it reads just like a novel,...more
Loree
This selection is a nonfiction book on the 2014-2015 Young Hoosier list.
I read Killing Lincoln last summer, so I expected the last days of Lincoln to be a watered down version of the former. However, O'Reilly did a fantastic job of relaying the facts in a fast-paced interesting format that is kid friendly.
The follow-up information of the key players added intrigue. Some of the information was known, but I was surprised to learn about Major Rathbone's eventual descent into insanity, killing...more
Helen
I thought this book was very interesting. I didn't realize until reading Lincolns Last Days that I knew very little about Lincoln, so I learned a few things about him!
E.A. Lake
Well written and a quick read. Easy to get through on two nights.

I see a whole bunch of complaining in one and two star reviews about revisionism and bias of written. I'm afraid I believe that is everywhere in all books, non-fiction included. How you see events is not always the same as others will. I think some people just can't leave their distaste of O'Reilly out of their opinions.

All that said the book is a good piece of historical writing. I learned some new things and I found the pages tur...more
Dawn
Last summer, my husband and I were driving home from Tennessee. We had spent some time exploring Civil War sites. On our drive home, we listened to the audio book version of this book. It was absolutely riveting! We learned so many things that we hadn't known before about Lincoln, the war itself, and the assassins. I highly recommend this book as a good way to learn about the Civil War, Lincoln's assassination, and the times and places where the book took place. This was a page-turner (even in a...more
EParkinson
Lincoln’s Last Days, an adaptation for younger readers of Killing Lincoln also by Bill O’Reilly, is the perfect addition to any collection about the Civil War and Lincoln’s presidency. Through original photographs, maps, drawings, and pictures, O’Reilly shares the story of the end of the Civil War and the plot by John Wilkes Booth and his accomplices to assassinate President Lincoln, and the aftermath following the death of President Lincoln. Each short chapter integrates images of the people, p...more
Kelly-Louise
Our family listened to this audiobook on a recent road trip. It was so interesting! I was somewhat embarrassed to realize how little I knew about the details of Lincoln's assassination. This book tells what his last days were like, including his relationship with General Ulysses S. Grant, in short, digestible chapters (this is a kids' version of O'Reilly's "Killing Lincoln" book after all). We learn also about John Wilkes Booth's plot and how it changed after watching Lincoln speak just three da...more
Chris Murray

Summary: (Booklist)Based on O’Reilly’s Killing Lincoln (2011), this version is accessible to younger readers. After detailing events during the last, desperate days of the Civil War, the book’s focus shifts from Lee and Grant to Abraham Lincoln and John Wilkes Booth. It traces their lives during the five days leading up to the assassination and provides details of Booth’s attack and Lincoln’s death. The final chapters discuss the president’s funeral, the assassin’s escape, and the fate of Booth...more
Blaze Stout
I read the Book Lincoln’s Last Days, and I thought it was a fun and exciting book to read. It had a lot of details that get misses often while learning about the assassination of President Lincoln. I realize that In a class there is no was that you could possibly cover everything. This book I thought did a great job filling in the blanks and answered a lot of the questions that I had about this event in our history. The author Bill O’Reilly is a very well-known author that has several best-selli...more
Kathy
I ordered both KILLING LINCOLN and LINCOLN'S LAST DAYS (the young adult version of Killing Lincoln) from the library. Lincoln's Last Days was available immediately and I was happy to read it. I thought it was phenomenal. Although written by Bill O'Reilly, this is by no means a political book. It is a detailed account of a major historical event. I can only wish the target audience will also read it. One of my favorite sites in Washington, DC is Ford's Theater, which is still in existence as a fu...more
Jenna Cooper
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Lincoln's Last Days: The Shocking Assassination that Changed American Forever is a young adult non-fiction book adapted from Bill O'Reilly's Killing Lincoln, as adapted by Dwight Jon Zimmerman. Starting six weeks before Lincoln's assassination, readers are taken into the last battles of the Civil War, the conspiracy to murder the president, the assassination, and the hunt for the conspirators.
Telling the history mainly through Lincoln and Booth's POV, this book creates a d...more
Andrew
This is a young adult version of Bill O'Reilly's highly successful Killing Lincoln. This book is a great addition to young adult literature.

Lincoln's Last Days is split into four parts and then further divided into fifty-six chapters. The four parts focus on different aspects of "Lincoln's last days." Part one looks at the last days of the end of the Civil War. Part two looks at the conspirators and their planning of the assassination. Part three looks at the day of the assassination. Finally,...more
Jackie
A well-researched and comprehensive book about the events leading up to and beyond of the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln, Lincoln's Last Days: The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever is sure to enthrall the history buff and the casual reader alike. Filled with tidbits, photographs, and asides as well as thorough research into the conspirators, events, and everyday life in the 1860's, it reads like a engaging novel. Although there is much that we already know about Lin...more
Beth
This book was wonderfully written. I am usually not a big history fan but I have always wanted to learn more about Lincoln. I loved the writing style as it wasn't stuffy or boring. It felt like I was really there with all of the description, especially the descriptive nature of the characters and how they were thinking and feeling at the time. I learned a lot by reading this which is amusing as I am well into my twenties and should have learned most of this in school when I was younger but histo...more
Ethan
This book is a really good book. I enjoy reading this book because it deals with the civil war, and it's really informational. "Lincoln's Last Days" talks about the assassination of president Lincoln and the months following the assassination. This book also identifies the people who were involved with killing Lincoln. Again I like to read this book. I would recommend this book to anyone.
Justin Illes
I thought that Lincoln's Last Days by Bill O'Reilly was a pretty good book. The author would go back and forth from parts in the book and come back later. Most of the time it would get confusing. If I were to read another non-fiction book then I would probably not read something by Bill O'Reilly. Lincoln's life is very interesting and when you tell it in different parts then it makes it more interesting just like how Bill O'Reilly. I can connect to Lincoln's life because I have had many bad thin...more
Joanna
A fascinating read! It was short, and chucked full of interesting historical information. I was ever so slightly bothered by its textbook feel, but not enough to hinder me from recommending this book to anyone interested in the assassination of Lincoln, but doesn't want to bother with a long and wordy book.
Ann Williams
I really enjoyed this young adult version of Bill O'Reilly's adult bestseller, Killing Lincoln. There is SO much here that will appeal to many elementary and middle/high school students. I really liked the way the story was organized, with information about the Civil War prior to Lincoln's assassination, the day/hour/minutes leading up to, during and after the attack on Lincoln, and the pursuit of his killer. The organization of characters and all of the extra information will make this book ver...more
Sam
The reason I read this book, one was because my Grandma wanted me to, and also because once I started to read the first chapter I couldn't stop. I think this is a really good book to read; it may seem like a long read but the chapters are short and the font is not to small. Some might not want to read this book because of learning and that its about history, I was the same but once I read it I found out that it wasn't all about learning and boring stuff. Yes you do learn about Lincoln and how he...more
Kara Dunn
Ironically, as a history major I have a very hard time finishing history books. To combat my history fatigue, I chose to read O'Reilly's book in the young adult format and I am glad to say I actually finished this book!

Except for the parts about military movements before the surrender of Lee's army, I found it very captivating and engaging. There are a ton of pictures of people, places and artifacts. He does a good job describing the assassination in a succinct chronological order and also has c...more
Krista
At first, I passed this off to a colleague because I was afraid that I would be unable to provide an unbiased review because of my dislike of Bill O'Reilly's self-scultped media portrayal...at least what I dislike from his television show!

However, I was genuinely shocked by how well done the book was. The book treats all sides of the dispute with fairness and there is little to no political pandering or favoring. Aside from the facts of Lincoln's life, the book does an excellent job of talking a...more
John
A good read and well done. I preferred the "12 Day Manhunt" because it went into more details. Loved the last section of the book that went through each character with a short bio on each. If you want to refresh your memory without much detail to the Lincoln Assassination I would choose this book.
Michelle
I was pleasantly surprised by this book. It’s detailed but succinct as well – a perfect combination for young people. O’Reilly really engages the reader – and my boys were a captive audience. I think my favorite moment was when one of my sons realized the complexity of the assassination plot and burst out in indignation crying, “What?! I never learned this in school! All I ever heard was that Lincoln was shot in a theater by John Wilkes Booth… blah, blah, blah, that’s it! This is amazing!” Histo...more
Sandybear76
Interesting day by day version of Lincoln's last days before he dies in Ford's Theater. Easy to read. Author focused on several battles that I had not been familiar with before.
Mari
Narrative non-fiction about the ending of the Civil War and the assassination of President Lincoln. More broad in scope than Swanson's CHASING LINCOLN'S KILLER.
Emily Northcutt
Really excellent look at an important time in history for young readers (or for reluctant adult readers). I really don't read this type of thing on my own, but with all the recent interest in Abraham Lincoln, I thought that it might be interesting. I particularly enjoyed that it revealed so many details about a short time period, rather than a general look at a longer timeframe. Kudos to Mr. O'Reilly and his team for producing such an accessible ad engaging book.

Side note: One of my favorite pa...more
Marjorie
A fast paced book. I liked the history of the time and people surrounding Lincoln. A small book packed full of information. This is a page turner.
James
I have always wanted to read a Bill O’Reilly book and I finally got my hands on one. This book doesn’t just give the details of the assassination itself, but the days before and after it. It informs you of the rising tension before and the epic chase after. This is truly one of the most in depth fact-ridden wonderful book ever. This would be a good read (haha) for anyone who is the least bit interested in history. I would strongly recommend this wonderful, amazing book to anyone.
Frank Sullivan
This book is a great history lesson for us all. I enjoyed this book very much and I highly recommend it! It is a easy read and I found myself not putting the book down.
Joy
Great book! The more I read about President Lincoln, the more I admire that man!!!
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Bill O'Reilly is an American television/radio host, author, syndicated columnist, and political commentator. He is the host of the cable news program The O'Reilly Factor. Prior to hosting The O'Reilly Factor, he served as anchor of the entertainment program, Inside Edition.

O'Reilly also hosts The Radio Factor, a radio program syndicated by Westwood One, and he has written seven books.

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