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Killing Lincoln by Bill O'Reilly
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A very readable and interesting history of the Lincoln Assassination. The authors do an excellent job of discussing the battles between the fall of Petersburg and the surrender at Appomattox. That period of time is not well covered in most history books except for those that are written just covering the end of the war. It is a time of Lee trying his best to slip away and of Grant trying his best to surround the Confederates and foil any attempt they might make to escape southward.

The description of the lives of the main characters in the days leading up to the assassination are well done and gives the reader an understanding of what was going on at this time in the streets of Washington, D.C. It is a time of celebration on the part of some of the citizens and a time to try to come to an understanding of what the surrender of Lee means to those who secretly favored the South. The description of John Wilkes Booth is interesting because he had times when he could have walked away and gone back on the stage and not have become the pariah that he has in American history.

For the general reader I believe this is an excellent summary of those days in April 1865 that led up to the assassination of Lincoln and the outcome that followed. As a retired history teacher I would recommend this book to anyone interested in what happened then and do not want to wade through an in depth study of the period. Well done. ( )
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