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Read For The Tale, But Do Not Quote the Anecdotes,
This review is from: Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever (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.