Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination that Changed America Forever

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Macmillan, Sep 27, 2011 - History - 324 pages
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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-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.

  

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Good writing and really well-researched. - Goodreads
The stilted writing style is annoying. - Goodreads
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Review: Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination that Changed America Forever

User Review  - Chris - Goodreads

while my thoughts wandered at times during this book, overall it was very informative, especially from a more temporary perspective. well worth the assassination story of Lincoln. the civil war and was taken more lightly and the search for booth perhaps too heavily Read full review

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User Review  - Jodi Graham - Goodreads

I enjoy some war description if it contributes to the overall story. Too much in this case, and I found myself glazing over at the description of obscure battles. I wanted much more of the crazy mind of Boothe. Read full review

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Contents

PROLOGUE
3
Part One TOTAL WAR
7
Part Two THE IDES OF DEATH
85
Part Three THE LONG GOOD FRIDAY
141
Part Four THE CHASE
233
AFTERWORD
283
EPILOGUE
295
Appendix RECREATION OF HARPERS WEEKLY
297
NOTES
313
INDEX
317
About the Authors
325
Copyright

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About the author (2011)

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.

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