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 Ameri...more
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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
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
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
Yes, Bill O'Reilly has written books and no, I hadn't read any of them. This one was on loan to me by a friend and I wasn't inspired to read it until after I saw the movie, "Lincoln." I agree with the reviews that describ ...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
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 enjoyed the description of Lee's desperate attempt to avoid Grant's army as he fled Petersberg, VA and 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 ...more
This is definitely "pop-history", and the author unashamedly declares in his prologue that it's "history written in the style of a thriller". As I listened to the audiobook version, I did require several minutes of adjustment (volume, speed ...more
The fact that Bill O'Reilly's name appears in ALL CAPS and a larger font than the title of the book provides a fairly goo ...more
I must confess my knowledge of the Civil War era is extreme ...more
Although I (and likely everyone) knows the story of President Lincoln's assassination, this book lent much detail of the 'behind-the-scenes' plotting and planning as well as insight into John Wilkes Booth. And added details to raise the question of whether or not he acted alon ...more
Simmering hatred and resen ...more
I’ll go elsewhere from now on, not only for reviews but also to purchase. Amazon has lost its credibility. GoodReads is the place to go for honesty.
Killing Lincoln is a systematic process, following plausible, well-documented leads, laying out facts like a la ...more
In addition, he has authored an astonishing 12 number one ranked non-fiction books including the hist ...more
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