Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever (Unabridged)
by Bill O'Reilly & Martin Dugard
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A riveting historical narrative of the heart-stopping events surrounding the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, and the first work of history from mega best-selling author Bill O'Reilly. 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.
Listened to the whole think during two workouts!
Just listened to the audio version during two long runs and workouts, couldn't put it down. It was worth every penny. Mr. O'Reilly brings history back to life, most of which I have never been exposed to either in university studies or my own historical curiosity. Excellent work Mr. O'Reilly. No matter what you think of O'Reilly or Fox news he did the work on this book. It's refreshing to see (or listen) a book not about democrats or republicans. Very exciting, new, information.
The BEST audible book out there
Bill you did an amazing job on both the writing and the Voice Over! I was on the "edge of my seat" as I listened...I cried at the end over the tragedies that occurred and had to really process my heart over the facts of our history. I've been telling everyone I know to get this...it will not only educate you - it will move you.
Excellent Historical Narrative!
This is one of the best historical narratives written in a long time. Concise. Lean. Well crafted. This is a must "listen' for enthusiatists or work-out creatures that need a little diversion from the days headlines. Mr O'Reilly leaves the spin behind him, and enters into a new world of captivating non-fiction. Well done!