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Killing England: The Brutal Struggle for American Independence

(Bill O'Reilly's Killing Series)

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  13,236 ratings  ·  971 reviews
The Revolutionary War as never told before.
The breathtaking latest installment in Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard’s mega-bestselling Killing series transports readers to the most important era in our nation’s history, the Revolutionary War. Told through the eyes of George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and Great Britain’s King George III, Killing Engl
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Published September 19th 2017 by Macmillan Audio
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Jim Jan Murphy has obviously never read any of these books. The books are a non partisan story of history. I have read the entire series and love every on…moreJan Murphy has obviously never read any of these books. The books are a non partisan story of history. I have read the entire series and love every one of them. There is no madman here except the one who judges without all the facts. (less)
Gary Schantz IMO, the writing and researching is mostly Dugard as have read others book that he has authored himself. I think O'Reilly throws in his opinions as th…moreIMO, the writing and researching is mostly Dugard as have read others book that he has authored himself. I think O'Reilly throws in his opinions as the books goes along.(less)

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Jim Brown
Sep 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is another great book written by O'Reilly and Dugard. It may be the best yet. It is a history book written almost like a novel. Not as yet finished but on this Sunday with all the negative press about the NFL and not standing for the National Anthem, I had to post this. As I read what American Patriots endured, yes endured, and how thousands died to fight the British, I am even more sickened by what the privileged NFL players and NBA players and now MLB players are doing and not doing. I su ...more
Susan Crowe
Awesome as always! Now I have to wait another year for the next one.
Apr 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: book-club-pick
Second Read: I and some wonderful friends have selected this book as our Book Club pick for this month. I have enjoyed it very much and am fairly certain that it will generate some really good discussion. I’m used to the format of the ‘killing’ books series - not really teaching what happens, but providing interesting character details and offering specific events. This one was overall pretty good. Do I really need to know what kind of lover Benjamin Franklin was or how about Thomas Jefferson? O ...more
Nov 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Others have said it better. Such an enthralling read for the uphill struggle that these people had to form a new nation, and leave the Old World continent's dictates to financial ownership of the New World, that and much else in structures of government too, behind.

This particular book is not my O'Reilly favorite, but I do think it has the most minutia about these incredible peoples' early lives and physical reality in it too. Way beyond the battles, the fights for autonomy, the necessities to
John Magee
Sep 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
As far as history books, O'Reilly's "Killing" series are all extremely entertaining. Although O'Reilly has a well-earned reputation for conservatism, those who don't agree with his political commentary could gain much from his well-researched and footnoted "Killing" series and Killing England is just the latest in his apolitical "Killing" series. ...more
Sandy Kershner
Jan 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very good and there is a lot of things that you're not taught in school. Just amazing what the patriots had to go through. ...more
Jan 02, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abandoned
I had very high hopes for this book based on reviews, however, I was extremely disappointed within the first 3 chapters. The book is poorly edited (several sentences and half sentences repeated in just the first chapters); the author switches tenses often and inconsistently; and, it is difficult to tell when the author takes liberty with filling in the gaps of the story. I recently read Nathaniel Philbrick's "Valiant Ambition" which I found to be much better written. I abandoned this book and to ...more
Jay Schutt
I received this book as a gift, and in that case, felt obliged to read it. It was something that I normally would have passed over. I usually read books on this subject about specific events or people involved in those events in order to get the most information possible.
This book was a gloss-over of the American Revolutionary War era, but I found that, in some instances, it was surprisingly very informative. A quick, good read if you are looking for a basic review of the period.
Christopher Backa
Nov 05, 2017 rated it liked it
While I learned a few bits of trivia this book is really a cliff notes version of the revolution. It’s a good read but it doesn’t go too in-depth. It does cover some things people are familiar with like valley forge and it also tells the real story behind the film The Patriot. It’s a good starter book
Collette Bakken
Sep 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent Read

It should be read in civics class if they still
exist, an interesting
honest look at our hard won United States
Merritt Phillips
Apr 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really don't like Bill O'Reilly so I almost didn't read this book. Glad I could convince myself that it must actually have been written by his co-author Martin Dugan. Anyway, I really like this book as like other reviews said, "It's a Cliff Notes version" of the Revolutionary war. Things that I learned or learned in more detail from this book:
1) The war was actually only won once the French committed their Navy and Army to ensure the battle of Yorktown was a win for the Americans. This broke
Having read many books about the Revolutionary War, what stands out about this book is how READABLE it is. Told from the points of view of George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson and George the Third, Mr O'Reilly weaves the threads of so many disparate stories into one clear narrative. The timing of major events and the motivations of the salient characters were described and explained with patient thoroughness. Very nicely written! Highly recommend. ...more
Carol Storm
Nov 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bill O'Reilly is not my favorite type of guy, but this book was amazing! It's not really one continuous history of the American Revolution, it's more like a highlights reel -- he works in the most heroic exploits of everyone from Alexander Hamilton to John Paul Jones to Swamp Fox Francis Marion. The chapters on Benedict Arnold were incredibly suspenseful and poignant as well.

I would actually like to read more books like this!
John Boyne
Jun 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
O'Reilly and Dugard do it again with another excellent addition to the Killing Series. The author's dramatic writing on this very important time period in our history will keep you engaged through the whole book. I thought the author's focus on Benedict Arnold was also interesting, adding to the drama of the betrayal even though in the end it didn't result in much in terms of the prosecution of the war. I highly recommend the book to Revolutionary War fans as its a pretty easy ready and good sum ...more
Jun 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book documents the various events about the revolution and independence of U.S.A. from the Great Britain. While I most certainly do not agree Bill O'Reilly's politics, I find his "killing" series well researched and entertaining. The history is not discussed event-wise. Instead, a common thread is constructed, and different facets are presented to describe a well thought-out view of historical events. If you like history, go for it.

Time to pick up Hamilton.
Carolyn Fitzpatrick
May 02, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
I did not want to read this book but it was a book club selection and I decided to give it a chance. It is so awful I do not think it actually merits the label of "history." It is closer to "fan fiction." I am a former AP US History instructor and have an MA in US History (specializing in the Early Republic) and O'Reilly's version of events is ridiculous and frustrating. Why?

1) Unsubstantiated dramatic details:
This is a pet peeve of mine in popular fiction in general. No sources are cited and se
David Steele
Another winner in O'Reilly's "Killing" series. ...more
Oct 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Armed with a BA in American History, I thought I knew everything there was to know about the American Revolution. I quickly realized how deficient my knowledge was after reading Bill O'Reilly's brilliant new book "Killing England". It focuses on the incredible courage and tenacity of the founding fathers herculean efforts to structure a new nation comprised of individual states while clearly understanding they would be unceremoniously hung for treason if the revolution failed.

The American Revol
Diana Long
Jan 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've read a number of books that have focused on the War for Independence or American Revolution and so I debated on reading this one. I'm glad that I did because it does not pertain to certain parts or certain people but as a complete work. The reader follows the reasons for breaking with England or in the beginning wanting to be recognized as not mere colonists but citizens of England with the same rights as subjects regardless of location. There are always two sides to every story and the bo ...more
Dec 18, 2017 rated it it was ok
They say history is written by the victors. This book reads as if it had been written by an 11 year old. The plot line jumps around sporadically with no continuous thread, the author frequently changes tense (often mid paragraph) and the book is littered with poorly backed up opinions presented as fact.

It’s a shame as I was looking forward to learning about this part of history and was willing to take on the American bias with a pinch of salt. Sadly the writing style is insufferably poor. I hat
Jay Pruitt
Jan 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
O'Reilly/Dugard are exceptional writers. I've found all of the "Killing..." books to be very interesting. I especially like the way the authors point out issues and facts not commonly discussed in traditional history books. Also, if you dig into the footnotes you find info that in many cases is more fascinating than the text itself. For example, the Gin & Tonic drink, one of the most popular in the world, was started when English colonists in malaria-ridden locations would add gin to improve the ...more
Brad Harris
Dec 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. Not being a big fan of the author when starting this book I was happily surprised that I noticed absolutely zero political bias whatsoever in the information presented by this book. It was very impartial often giving Britain credit when due, being critical of American short-comings and mistakes, and honest in the story telling.
It provides a high level of details and doesn't get into the specifics of battles too much. However it does wonderfully cover the naval battle
Oct 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: military
If you haven’t tried one of O’Reilly’s “Killing” books, this one’s a good place to start. (Relax, these books are written by Martin Dugard, an outstanding researcher.) Lots of hidden gems about people, places and incidents involving the Revolutionary War that most of us never knew. It’s unfortunate that we often don’t understand or appreciate just how narrowly we won our independence from Britain. “Killing England: The Brutal Struggle for American Independence” is a nice refresher.
Sep 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Another captivating history book from the Killing series and my favorite to date. The dramatic writing style kept me intrigued at all times. The footnotes are always a nice touch to these books. This book gave me a new appreciation for the beginning of the US & a better understanding of the main players. Highly recommend.
Keith Haan
Aug 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another excellent "Killing" book. Bill O'Reilly has said Martin Dugard is the best researcher in the business. It shows in all the Killing books. The footnotes are as interesting as the text. There is always a great deal of information about the subject that you never knew before. ...more
Feb 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: us-history
Basic history of the American revolution looking at it from both sides. Well written and easy to read. Includes some little known facts which I found interesting.
May 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was great. Loved the individual biographies interwoven with the big picture.
Annabelle Solt
Nov 05, 2017 rated it liked it
The battle for America's independence. Interesting information about the American Revolution and the lives of George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Benedict Arnold and others. Very interesting. ...more
P. E.
Jul 15, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book didn't wow me like the others in the "Killing" series. The contents are easily covered in most survey courses on American History or supplemental reading on the subject. That doesn't mean I wasted my time as reading is always worthwhile. Simply view this contribution to the "Killing" series as a quasi-introduction to this period of world events. Or maybe I've read so much about the Revolution that very little of the research added to my base of knowledge. Whatever the case, I still rec ...more
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