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...why I read the 'book',
This review is from: Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever (Thorndike Press Large Print Nonfiction Series) (Hardcover)
I actually listened to the audio version which is read by Bill O'Reilly himself so its the same content as the book. I'm not that familiar with O'Reilly but after watching a sparring match between him and Michael Moore, he appears to be an out and out NeoCon and consequently, not my type of guy. I'm in Moore's camp, however, I enjoyed the book and think O'Reilly gave a good oratory performance.
The 'Killing Lincoln' book came to my attention after Tony Scott's death and it was mentioned that he, with his brother Ridley were working on a production of the title. I was immediately curious, as to the possibility of a connection between the Scott's intended production and the possible airing of previously, mostly unknown, conspiratory revelations, relating to the Lincoln assassination. Various blogs on the net indicated that others had picked up on the possibilities too.
O'Reilly does a great job as he describes the end of the war often in great detail, and attempts, I think, successfully to get into the heads of the major participants, thus giving a much fuller dimension to the events than just bland facts and figures. He does a similar job with the motives and thinking of Booth and the co-conspirators, up to and through the actual killing and escape, creating gripping tension and drama of the events.
There is a plethora of information in the story, given out throughout the telling, as points of interest- I have no idea if much of this is 'new' or already well known snippets of information.
I suspect that the overall telling of the events of the assassination, are as already understood to be the official version of events. Near the end of the book O'Reilly mentions various other possible, but unproven conspirators, two men quite close or in the government, one of which has possession of the diary of Booth, which he locked in a safe unseen, and was subsequently found to have eighteen pages missing. O'Reilly also mentions the possibility of other conspirators, being various concerns and banks. One conspirator he does not mention.
My thinking is that, if I was producing a TV or Cinema version of this book, I would make extensive research into the assassination and surrounding events- the whys and wherefores. Anyone who cares to take a hour or so will soon uncover the truth about this assassination. Lincoln was a good man and good men have enemies.