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Killing Lincoln by Bill O'Reilly
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Oct 29, 2011

it was amazing
Read from October 26 to 29, 2011

This well-researched book detailing the end of this nation’s civil war covers the events of a little more than three months in 1865. But they are a tumultuous months following four long years of civil conflict, a chaotic period that effectively changes the course of our history. The narration is broken into four parts; the first being the final days of the war leading up to Lee’s surrender at Appomattox Court House. The second part details the events in Washington, D.C., including Booth’s plotting the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln, and Lincoln’s last days of trying to formulate a plan to rebuild the country. The third part chronicles Lincoln’s last day and the assassination at Ford’s Theater on April 14, 1865, which was also Good Friday. The last and final part follows events after Lincoln’s death, including the rounding up of the conspirators and their eventual trial and demise.
The book is an easy but fascinating read for history buffs and includes many little known details of these events. Even non-history readers should find this book interesting because of the hour by hour detail that seems almost like a novel.

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