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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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    Highly overrated

    I am guessing most was plagerized from a 10 year old History Channel program.

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    A great history read

    This is the best history book I have ever read. O'reilly made sure that everthing that he wrote was the truth just like his show on tv he speaks the truth.....A must read

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    Killing Lincoln

    This book provided some very real insights into the character and motivation of personalities involved in the politics of the U.S. at a critical time in its history. The story is well told, enabling the reader to readily identify with the temper of the times. We emerge from the reading with an understanding that informs us about the thinking and attitudes toward todays current events.

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    An excellent, well written account of a most important historical happening. Details are most intriguing and recalls previous reading of the accounts that really happened. The personalities of all involved are clearly represented and add to the appeal of this most important event.

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    Killing Lincoln

    This book provided some very real insights into the character and motivation of personalities involved in the politics of the U.S. at a critical time in its history. The story is well told, enabling the reader to readily identify with the temper of the times. We emerge from the reading with an understanding that informs us about the thinking and attitudes toward todays current events.

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