Killing Lincoln – Bill O’Reilly

16 August 2017
Killing Lincoln Book Cover Killing Lincoln
Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard,
History
Macmillan
27 September 2011
324

A riveting historical narrative of the heart-stopping events surrounding the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.  

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 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 by Bill O’Reilly

While Killing Lincoln by Bill O’Reilly traditionally does not follow my usual psychological thriller trend, it is a thriller in its own right.

Killing Lincoln is the story of how one gunshot changed America forever. It covers the last six days of the civil war and leads up to the assassination of Abraham Lincoln and the subsequent hangings of those involved.

I am not a history nut. This was not a book I chose to listen to on a 13-hour road trip. But I lamented, and I am glad I did.

Bill O’Reilly wrote Killing Lincoln as a horror story. I fully expected a bland 7 hours of listing facts, but I was pleasantly surprised.

As a self-proclaimed history dunce, I also found it an entertaining way to learn a little bit about history. Reading historical fiction in the form of a thriller is lovely for thriller fiends.

Some may find this book to be a little long winded and boring but persevere, my friends. The battles are just as long in the book as they were in real life. But they are a part of our history, and it picks up the pace toward the surrender of General Robert E. Lee.

Killing Lincoln is surprisingly a 4-star book for me.

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