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

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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.
Paperback, 352 pages
Published June 3rd 2014 by Square Fish
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K.D. Absolutely
This book provides the details of the last few days of President Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) on earth. I am not an American but Lincoln is one of the US presidents that fascinate me. The reason is not only because he was the president during the Civil War that tried hard (and succeeded in a way) to end the slavery, but because he came from a very poor family and that is usually a source of great inspiration when it comes to subjects in writing literature.

Maybe because I came from a poor family
Jan 05, 2014 Amanda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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,
Apr 06, 2014 Loree rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
I am not a Bill O'Reilly fan, so I've never considered reading any of his books. I was a little bummed that one of his books was on our school's Battle of the Books list this year, but I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed it.

From what I can tell, it is taken from Bill O'Reilly's adult book "Killing Lincoln." This book is written primarily for middle school readers. (I reach 5th.) I read it during my lunchtimes and would often find myself weeping and trying to wipe the tears away bef
Dylan McCarel
Nov 17, 2016 Dylan McCarel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Spoiler alert: Abraham Lincoln dies. He gets shot. Very nice to read about a historical event from the past. I liked it because I got to learn about the events leading up. The chapters were short and had many pictures.
Mar 19, 2016 Caitlin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Surprisingly, this is better than the adult version (Killing Lincoln). Unsurprisingly, it is still terrible. Read other books.
I didn't know that anyone one could anyalze the killing of Licoln into a good book that keeps you on your toes.
Mar 12, 2013 Helen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!
Pat Goolsby
Bill O’Reilly’s Lincoln’s Last Days takes the reader into the background story of the key players of the Civil War in a way that even upper elementary school students will find interesting. Students will find it amusing that one of the generals of the Civil War had a drinking problem and was pretty much washed up as a military person, until the Civil War. The book is suspenseful and is written in a way that makes you want to keep reading to see what happens next, even though you Already know wha ...more
Sammie O'Connor
Mar 15, 2017 Sammie O'Connor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lincoln's Last Days, written by Bill O'Reilly, is a nonfiction book recalling the details of President Abraham Lincoln's final days and assassination in 1865. Within the prologue, O'Reilly describes Lincoln as an honorable man and president. Throughout part one, the end of the bloodiest war in US history, the Civil War, is described I great detail. Recollections of battles and feelings of victory and defeat following Robert E. Lee's surrender at Appomattox Court House make up this part. As the b ...more
May 28, 2017 Cindy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: civil-war, biograhpy
This was very similar to Killing Lincoln but a great read just the same.
Krystian Monteiro
I usually don't like books like this but for some reason I loved this one. Every time I would stop, I would have to open it right back up because I wanted to know what happens next. To me it was like a documentary in a book because I learned so much about what happened back then when Lincoln was president. My favorite part of the book was when they explained how John Wilkes Booth attempted running away thinking he was going to get away with killing the president of the United States of America. ...more
Ryan Lovelass
Nov 08, 2016 Ryan Lovelass rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ryan Lovelass
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Lincoln's Last Days

In the book, “Lincoln's Last Days,” by Bill O’Reilly it describes the days leading up to the assassination of President Lincoln and the days after, where the wanted fugitive attempts to escape the grasps of the mighty Northern government. At this time, around 1865 President Lincoln is serving his second term as President of the United States and the nation is having a tough time where it is currently at war with itself. The nation is d
Mar 16, 2015 Jim rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I wouldn't normally have read this, but my daughter read it for a 7th grade class, so I wanted to have a little more knowledge of what she was reading. Apparently, it's a young adult (or even juvenile) version of Bill O'Reilly's Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination that Changed America Forever .

As you may know, Ford's Theater decided not to sell Killing Lincoln in its bookstore because of the factual errors in the book. Since this book is written at a much higher level, it seems like it
Nov 12, 2012 Steve rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
Fox News commentator Bill O’Reilly has another winner on his hands. O’Reilly’s second treatment of the Abraham Lincoln assassination followed closely his first release of Killing Lincoln. The 2011 title was written primarily for the adult reader. This 2012 publication patterns itself after its predecessor, but is written primarily for elementary and middle school readers. Strangely enough, as of this writing, both titles were in the top three New York Times best seller list.

What sets this rewrit
Alex R
Feb 08, 2015 Alex R rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: form-1
Bill O’Reilly’s purpose for writing Lincoln’s Last Days must be because he enjoys teaching and is interested about Abraham Lincoln. This third person book is centered on Abraham Lincoln, John Wilkes Booth, General Grant, and General Lee. The reader also learns about many other important figures during the American Civil War as well. This biography teaches the reader about what Lincoln did to help the outcome of the Civil War go in his favor. After the war, a description of his assassination is s ...more
Aubrey Abraham
Oct 22, 2014 Aubrey Abraham rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Ethan Bell
Nov 20, 2014 Ethan Bell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Feb 18, 2017 Ann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was very interesting. I learned a lot of things that I didn't know
Lincoln's Last Days by Bill O'Reilly is a book that explains in great detail the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. The book starts off with the Union winning the war and ends in a chase for life and death. This is one my favorite books because it is written by my favorite talk show host and writer. The reason why you should read this book is it teach you things you may not know about history.
This book is like other O’Reilly books which explain a history around a central character and
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,
Tyler Neff
Lincoln's Last Days: The Shocking Assasination that Changed America Forever, by Bill O' Reilly, is a very interesting book, especially if you like history. I knew a few facts that were already in the book, plus it gives a few more details that are very interesting. Anyone who likes history, or like to read about history, would like the book.

In the Part 1 of the book, it talks about some events that happen during the end Civil War. It says how the surrender at Appomatox Court House ends the Civi
Nov 29, 2012 Chris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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
Nov 20, 2016 Jaida rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jan 24, 2013 Kelly-Louise rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook, nonfiction
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
Mar 27, 2013 Kathy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 21, 2013 Erin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jenna Cooper
Sep 07, 2012 Jenna Cooper rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Blaze Stout
Apr 01, 2013 Blaze Stout rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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