“Killing Lincoln” also resurrects an old canard debunked long ago by serious historians. . .
...if we work on the assumption that all Americans are patriots unless proven otherwise—and why should we not?—O’Reilly’s fetishization of patriotism, and his withholding of that precious accolade from anyone he disagrees with, is both banal and incendiary.
“Killing Kennedy” may not receive the academic accolades of a Caro tome, but it will get history – however flawed in its retelling – into the hands of many more people.
O’Reilly treats the entire episode as if it was completely void of God’s hand...This is where the book falls short. I’m actually quite glad that it does because I can recommend the book for its historical depiction of the events and culture of the day, without having to worry about O’Reilly’s bad theology shinning through.
The melodrama is laid on with a trowel, but it’s nevertheless a thoroughly documented, visually rich presentation...