writermala, September 16, 2012 (view all comments by writermala)
What good will a thriller be if one knows the ending? If this is the question in your mind when you're wondering whether to read "Killing Lincoln," read this book and forever silence that question. A historical thriller to the core it is a page turner.
The authors set the stage for the Lincoln assassination by starting out describing the last battles of the Civil War and the historic surrender. Their understanding of the subtleties of war is obvious with such statements as "Sometimes knowing when not to fight is just as important to a general's success as knowing how to fight."
From the end of the war to the end of Lincoln's life when Secretary Stanton states, "Now he belongs to the ages," I was reading with a frenzy till at this point I sighed and wiped a tear.
America is indeed a great country. "Like every nation on earth it is influenced by evil. John Wilkes Booth epitomizes the evil that can harm us, even as President Abraham Lincoln represents the good that can make us stronger."
Garylovestoread, May 17, 2012 (view all comments by Garylovestoread)
An amazing narrative about a turning point in American History. Even though I know the story of the killing by heart, I found myself eagerly turning to the next sentence to find out what happened next. I found myself yelling out loud "No Abe, don't go to the theater". While I don't always agree with Mr. Riley's political position, i applaud him for doing such a great job with such a well known moment in history. If you love mystery, crime, history or adventure, you'll love this book.
tiina20, January 20, 2012 (view all comments by tiina20)
This detailed history of the events leading up to the assasination of President Lincoln were fascinating. No one really knows what happened to this wonderful president unless you read this book. The battles and characters involved in the last remaining days of his life are packed with never before revealed facts. I would recommend this to all history buffs or for that matter anyone who enjoys a brilliant read.
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"Publishers Weekly Review"
by Publishers Weekly,
"Political commentator O'Reilly and coauthor Dugard (Into Africa: The Epic Adventures of Stanley and Livingston) take on the 'most spectacular assassination conspiracy in the history of man' in the form of a thriller in this rendition of Lincoln's murder. Ponderous foreshadowing and innuendo produce a tedious read, even as they enable the authors to resurrect a theory that secretary of war Stanton was involved in the conspiracy to kill the president, vice-president, and secretary of state. They concede the contention has been 'repudiated and dismissed by the vast majority of trained historians,' and yet allude to it frequently. Inaccuracies (e.g., ignoring a 2010 study of King Tut's mummy showing he died of disease, not assassination) and anachronisms (e.g., referring to Grant's 'photograph' in newspapers although until the 1880s only engravings were possible) mar the account. Well-documented and equally riveting histories are available for readers interested in Lincoln's assassination; this one shows how spin can be inserted into a supposedly 'no spin American story.' B&w photos and maps." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
by Library Journal (Starred Review),
"In this fast-paced, enthralling narrative that unfolds more like a true-crime thriller than scholarly analysis, O'Reilly and Dugard offer an account of the events that led up to, surrounded, and unfolded in the aftermath of Lincoln's assassination...O'Reilly's sonorous tone and flair for the dramatic add tremendously to the work's theatrical value."
by New York Post,
"[Killing Lincoln] is nonfiction, albeit told in white-knuckled, John Grisham-like style."
by Nelson DeMille, author of The Lion and The Gold Coast,
"As a history major, I wish my required reading had been as well written as this truly vivid and emotionally engaging account of Lincoln's assassination. And as a former combat infantry officer, I found myself running for cover at the Civil War battle scenes. This is the story of an American tragedy that changed the course of history. If you think you know this story, you don't until you've read Killing Lincoln. Add historian to Bill O'Reilly's already impressive résumé."
by Vince Flynn, author of American Assassin,
"Killing Lincoln is a must read historical thriller. Bill O'Reilly recounts the dramatic events of the spring of 1865 with such exhilarating immediacy that you will feel like you are walking the streets of Washington, DC, on the night that John Wilkes Booth shot Abraham Lincoln. This is a hugely entertaining, heart-stopping read."
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.
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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