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Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever [Audiobook] [Audio CD]

Bill O'Reilly , Martin Dugard
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Book Description

27 Sep 2011
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 Civil War finally comes to an end after a series of incredibly bloody battles. President Abraham Lincoln's generous terms for Robert E. Lee's surrender are devised to fulfill Lincoln's dream of healing a divided nation, with the former Confederates allowed to reintegrate into American society. One man and his band of murderous accomplices, perhaps reaching into the highest ranks of the U.S. government, are not appeased. In the midst of the patriotic celebrations in Washington, D.C., John Wilkes Booth - charismatic ladies' man and impenitent racist - murders Abraham Lincoln at Ford's Theatre. A furious manhunt ensues and Booth immediately becomes the country's most wanted fugitive. Lafayette C. Baker, a brilliant but enigmatic New York detective and former Union spy, unravels the string of clues leading to Booth, while federal forces track his accomplices. The thrilling chase ends in a fiery shootout and a series of court-ordered executions - including that of the first woman ever executed by the U.S. government, Mary Surratt. With an unforgettable cast of characters, vivid historical detail, and page-turning action, "Killing Lincoln" is history that reads.
--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Product details

  • Audio CD: 6 pages
  • Publisher: MacMillan Audio; Unabridged edition (27 Sep 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1427213127
  • ISBN-13: 978-1427213129
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 13 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,302,362 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"As a history major, I wish my required reading had been as well written as this truly vivid and emotionally engaging account of Lincoln's assassination. And as a former combat infantry officer, I found myself running for cover at the Civil War battle scenes. This is the story of an American tragedy that changed the course of history. If you think you know this story, you don't until you've read "Killing Lincoln". Add historian to Bill O'Reilly's already impressive resume."--Nelson DeMille, author of "The Lion "and" The Gold Coast"

""Killing Lincoln" is a must read historical thriller. Bill O'Reilly recounts the dramatic events of the spring of 1865 with such exhilarating immediacy that you will feel like you are walking the streets of Washington, DC, on the night that John Wilkes Booth shot Abraham Lincoln. This is a hugely entertaining, heart-stopping read."--Vince Flynn, author of "American Assassin"""

"If Grisham wrote a novel about April might well read like "Killing Lincoln"."--Peter J. Boyer, "Newsweek"

"[Killing Lincoln] delivers a taut, action-packed narrative with cliff-hangers aplenty..."--"The Christian Science Monitor""[Killing Lincoln] is nonfiction, albeit told in white-knuckled, John Grisham-like style."--"New York Post
" --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Bill O'Reilly is the anchor of "The O'Reilly Factor," the highest-rated cable news show in the country. He also writes a syndicated newspaper column and is the author of several number-one bestselling books. He is, perhaps, the most talked about political commentator in the country.

Martin Dugard is the "New York Times" bestselling author of several books of history. His book" Into""Africa" " The Epic Adventures of Stanley and Livingstone" has been adapted into a History Channel special. He lives in Southern California with his wife and three sons. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
By James Gallen TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
"Killing Lincoln" is an attention grabbing history of the last days of the Civil War and the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. It focuses first on the cat and mouse game between Robert E. Lee, as he tried to find as escape route for his Army of Northern Virginia to the Carolinas, and Ulysses S. Grant who tried to trap Lee. With Lee's surrender the focus shifts to the Booth conspiracy and its target.

Author Bill O'Reilly gives the reader an hour by hour account of its subjects. We read of Booth's racism, his womanizing, his hatred of Lincoln and the step by step evolution of the conspiracy from kidnapping to murder. We follow Lincoln through the last few days of his life as he, along among his acquaintances, seems unconcerned with the assassination threat. While May Lincoln worries, the reader is introduced to each of Booth's co-conspirators.

The story is well told and read and the facts are fascinating. The thought of Robert Lincoln keeping company with Boot's secret fiancée boggles the mind. O'Reilly discusses various conspiracy theories without adopting any of them, other than the proven Booth conspiracy. My only reservation about this book is its obvious inaccuracies. Lincoln is repeatedly mentioned as being in the Oval Office, a room constructed during the Theodore Roosevelt Administration, forty years later. We are told that Dan Sickles killed his mistress's husband, but actually it was his wife's paramour. If this work cannot keep easily researched facts like that straight, how can we trust it to accurately report the obscure details that make this book so fascinating? Read it for the tale, but be cautious about quoting the anecdotes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read 9 Jan 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination that Changed America ForeverThoroughly enjoyed it even knowing that some parts are obviously slightly fictionalized. Otherwise I would probably never have the patience to go through a thick academic tome about the topic. Amazing how innocent those days were in the US, with the President with 1 (one) bodyguard -- and even that one unreliable as he ended up in a pub instead of watching over his boss (and thus allowing him to me assassinated); and the assassin jumping on the stage and then fleeing without anyone stopping him.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling, as promised 19 Aug 2013
By Athan
Did not feel right to be reading a thriller about something as historically significant as Lincoln's assassination, but I genuinely could not put this book down. And I even knew how it ends!

Being totally ignorant, I additionally picked up lots of stuff from the history too.

For example, I had no idea that members of the public used to hang out in the ground floor of the White House back in 1865. Quite unthinkable now. Clinton visited Athens a few years ago and my mom was not allowed on her own balcony.

And I had no idea that Lincoln was the first civilian commander of an army to use the telegraph to stay updated on the proceedings. I guess that makes him the first civilian commander in history who was not hostage to his generals. Though of course his relationship with Ulysses Grant (Sam in the book, always) was cordial.

There are drawbacks to reading this like a novel. The author writes stuff like "XYZ Lincoln thought to himself" and it's always a bit jarring. Lincoln actually is a historical figure, it's funny when you read sentences like that.

But what I look for in a book is simple. It needs to entertain me, it needs to make me think and ideally I also learn something.

"Killing Lincoln" delivers on all fronts. And I've now bought a pukka historical book so I can actually read the story in its gory detail with the i's dotted and the t's crossed.

Might come back with more comments after I've read the other book.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not impressed 21 Sep 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
In addition to the historical inaccuracies mentioned in other reviews, I was very disappointed with the overall content. Nearly 25% of it was taken up with the last days of the war & the final battles between north & south. Lincoln was barely mentioned.
The end of the book gives minimal details about what happened to the co-conspirators, I'd have much preferred to read more about them than the actual war. I get the impression those battles are in such great detail so as to pad out the book because without them it would be a very short read.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Arrived on time and in excellent condition. 10 Aug 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I was educating my English friends about American history before their visit in the US. I live in North Carolina but I drove my friends to Washington DC and toured Ford's Theater among many other historical sites.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Factually innacurate 16 Nov 2011
This book has been the subject of a flood of criticism from every historian who has reviewed it. It is filled with factual inaccuracies and peddles a conspiracy theory that was utterly debunked more than 40 years ago. The US National Park Service which runs the book shop in the basement of Ford's Theater have banned it from sale after their review found a long list of factual errors such as multiple scenes depicting Lincoln in the Oval Office as he meets Grant etc etc. - the iconic office was not built until the early twentieth century. Other errors include the claim that after Lee's surrender at Appomattox courthouse he and Grant left "never to meet again" except of course they did - the next day; Mary Surratt being kept hooded when she was not in court - she was never hooded. Some of the errors may seem minor such as getting the name of Ford's theater wrong, the date it burned down wrong, characterizing Lewis Powell as speaking with a pronounced Alabama drawl when in fact he had finished growing up in Florida - the list goes on and on, but with so many errors in easily checkable facts one cannot trust this book on any level. The National Park's position on the book has been confirmed by other historians reviewing it for newspapers, television and in special interest Civil War magazines. No sources are referenced in the book and it appears that the approach has been to depend on a relatively small number of secondary works (many of them widely regarded as very poor). The end result is unsurprisingly to repeat errors in these earlier books and invent a load more of his own
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2.0 out of 5 stars A fast-paced docudrama...
First of all, I'll admit it. I did read the entire book, cover to cover. I'll also admit, and better than that, confirm that I not a big fan of "The O'Reilly" factor, where this... Read more
Published 15 months ago by John P. Jones III
5.0 out of 5 stars ...why I read the 'book'
I actually listened to the audio version which is read by Bill O'Reilly himself so its the same content as the book. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Mr. M. Kostyrka
3.0 out of 5 stars Don't let the author put you off...
I guess I should declare an interest: I don't like Bill O'Reilly and his television show is appalling. However this book os rather good, almost surprisingly so. Read more
Published on 11 Jun 2012 by lg2
1.0 out of 5 stars Not again...
A fatally inaccurate book, based on little or no facts, by a man who seems to believe that his own lies are truth, pathologically.1 star is 1 star too many.
Published on 5 Mar 2012 by Joe
1.0 out of 5 stars Sic Semper Tyrannis

I would just avoid this book and the rest of the books of O'reilly. The language and style of the book is horrible and his insight into Lincoln and... Read more
Published on 19 Jan 2012 by M. Pedersen
5.0 out of 5 stars O'reilly and history = great read
once again mr o'reilly wrote another great read and he added the "historian" tag to his impressive resume. Read more
Published on 19 Jan 2012 by Mr. Michael Pemberton
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
We ordered this from the States to be sent to my dad for Christmas. It was super easy, got there on time and was in great condition. No complaints at all!!
Published on 11 Jan 2012 by JoeCool
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