Killing Lincoln by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard

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10 Critic Reviews

. . .applying the “thriller” motif delivers on the subtitle’s description of a “shocking assassination” but fails to elucidate how the authors believe this event “changed America forever.”
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Synopsis

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 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.

 

About Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard

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Bill O'Reilly is the anchor of The O'Reilly Factor, the highest-rated cable news show in the country. He also writes a syndicated newspaper column and is the author of several number-one bestselling books. He is, perhaps, the most talked about political commentator in the country. Martin Dugard is the New York Times bestselling author of several books of history. His book Into Africa: The Epic Adventures of Stanley and Livingstone has been adapted into a History Channel special. He lives in Southern California with his wife and three sons.
 
Published September 27, 2011 by Henry Holt and Co.. 336 pages
Genres: History, War, Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction
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Critic reviews for Killing Lincoln
All: 10 | Positive: 5 | Negative: 5

Publishers Weekly

Below average
Aug 15 2011

Ponderous foreshadowing and innuendo produce a tedious read. . .

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Kirkus

Below average
Sep 01 2011

. . .applying the “thriller” motif delivers on the subtitle’s description of a “shocking assassination” but fails to elucidate how the authors believe this event “changed America forever.”

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Book Reporter

Excellent
Reviewed by Donna Volkenannt on Oct 13 2011

The book is written in present tense, with short chapters, vivid details and an emotional intensity that gives the story a sense of urgency, intimacy and suspense.

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The Washington Post

Below average
Reviewed by Ellen Fitzpatrick on Nov 07 2011

“Killing Lincoln” also resurrects an old canard debunked long ago by serious historians. . .

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Christian Science Monitor

Below average
Reviewed by Jackie Hogan on Oct 25 2011

. . .a disappointing reminder that in today's media and political landscape, style and image often take precedence over evidence and substance.

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DenverPost.com

Excellent
Reviewed by Bemis Library on Dec 29 2011

For those a bit better versed in the events, there is little new here however the book does warrant adding to your library.

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Civil War News

Below average
Reviewed by James Percoco

What we have here in this cliché-dripping book is a failure to illuminate.

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Ahwatukee Foothills News

Excellent
Reviewed by Vy Armour on Feb 18 2012

It's a great read of a national tragedy that left me wishing I had known President Lincoln. . .

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EzineArticles

Excellent
Reviewed by Dawn Dix on Sep 13 2013

As he notes in the introduction, this is a departure from his other books. He says it reads like a thriller, and it DOES. Even though we all KNOW the ending, I still found myself hanging on every word, especially when it got to the day of the assassination.

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The Abraham Lincoln Observer

Good
Reviewed by Mike Kienzler on Sep 30 2011

About a half-hour after I opened “Killing Lincoln,” however, I realized I was actually enjoying the book.

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