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.
A request to reviewers of this book
Please advise whether there is anything at all new. I've read many Civil War books as well as Lincoln biographies and the Audiobook Description suggests that the book is a well written synthesis of well-documented and much written about people and events, including Mary Surratt -- the subject of the recent movie directed by Robert Redford (just giving an example --the movie was took typical Hollywood license with the truth).
Bill O' Reilly uda man...man!
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.