Killing Lincoln Audiobook Summary
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 iconic 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 America’s Civil War finally comes to an end after a series of increasingly harrowing 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. But 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 smart but shifty 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. Featuring some of history’s most remarkable figures, vivid detail, and page-turning action, Killing Lincoln is history that reads like a thriller.
Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever is a book by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard concerning the 1865 assassination of U.S. president Abraham Lincoln. The book was released on September 27, 2011.
O’Reilly indicated in a USA Today interview that his coauthor Martin Dugard has written several history books. O’Reilly himself graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Marist College in 1971 as well as a master’s degree in broadcast journalism from Boston University and master’s degree in public administration from Harvard University.
Killing Lincoln Audiobook Reviews
Surprisingly Bill O’Reilly’s enthusiasm for his text. One got a sense of tragedy for all the characters that were involved in this extremely brutal and messy affair. Difficult to envisage the brutality of the world at this time without such biographies or to understand the primitive nature of both politics and medicine. These conspiracies continue but one really hopes we have more consideration for mankind (which involves both the good and the bad in this a story). Then there was Kennedy. They did a better detective job with Lincoln’s Assassination than his.
When I walked into the theater to see the movie “Secretariat”, I already knew Secretariat had won the Triple Crown. Still, my anxiety (and my pulse) increased during every race scene, and I cheered every victory. I chalk that up to terrific storytelling and a great director. And that’s the same way I felt about this book.
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 out his plan. Ooh, that guy really made me mad. And that stupid, lazy, and irresponsible guard who left his post at Ford’s Theater on April 14, I wanted to smack him. I gained new respect for players in the story I hadn’t known much about before, lost some for others, and am still wondering what to think about others (Stanton, I’ve got my eye on you).
Barring some amazing historical discovery of hidden documents, we will probably never know much more about Lincoln’s assassination than we do right now. O’Reilly and Dugard researched thoroughly (resources are referenced, though not in distracting footnotes) and included different theories of the events in their storytelling. Words and thoughts attributed to people in the book come from diaries and personal narratives written by those people or others involved. The authors have done a terrific job of turning history into a thriller. Battle scenes were dynamic and described as though they were being witnessed first-hand. (Of course, that’s because those details came from diaries written at the time.) I guarantee, I retained more of the facts surrounding this event than I would have if I’d read a typical historical book on the subject.
I’d recommend this to anyone who is a Civil War buff, a Lincoln fan, or likes thrillers in general. This isn’t a typical read for me, but I have the highest respect for Abraham Lincoln and all he stood for in the face of hatred and injustice, so I was interested in this book. I really, really liked it. When I started reading it, I went to the library and checked out a couple of big, coffee table-type books on Lincoln so I could find photos of people and places this book talked about. I read about the same events, the same theories. My guess is that many people who criticized this book harshly did so more because they have a personal problem with Bill O’Reilly than anything else. (Some reviewers here on goodreads complain about “many historical inaccuracies” but fail to mention any specifically, which lends credence to that theory, I think.)
The book is well-written, exciting, and kept me interested until the very end. The only problem was that this time, Secretariat was shot before he could reach the finish line.
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As of 14 November 2011, Killing Lincoln was among Amazon’s best sellers and at number two on the New York Times list of best-selling non-fiction. It also held the number one spot on the New York Times E-Book Nonfiction list for multiple weeks. In late October 2011, the publisher, Henry Holt and Co., stated that Killing Lincoln had sold nearly a million copies. On the November 14, 2011 edition of The O’Reilly Factor, O’Reilly told his television audience that “there are now more than 1 million copies of Killing Lincoln in print, and the book continues to sell briskly.” By December 2012, the New York Times reported the book had been on their best-seller list for more than 65 weeks
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