Killing Lincoln

  • by Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
  • Narrated by Bill O'Reilly
  • 7 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A riveting historical narrative of the heart-stopping events surrounding the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, and the first work of history from mega best-selling 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.


What the Critics Say

"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." (Nelson DeMille, author of The Lion and The Gold Coast)
"[Killing Lincoln] is nonfiction, albeit told in white-knuckled, John Grisham-like style." (New York Post)
"If Grisham wrote a novel about April 1865…it might well read like Killing Lincoln." (Peter J. Boyer, Newsweek)


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Customer Reviews

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What disappointed you about Killing Lincoln?

Poorly written and poorly read.

Would you ever listen to anything by Bill O'Reilly, and Martin Dugard again?


What didn’t you like about Bill O'Reilly’s performance?

His style is not appropriate to the subject matter. Needs a professional reader rather than O's hard boiled news style. He sounds exactly as he does when he reads his talking points on TV. Some laughable mispronunciations of rather critical words like dura mater (he calls it dura matter--if you are going to seem erudite by including anatomical detail, then pronounce it correctly. This type of thing typifies the whole enterprise.

Any additional comments?

A few new nuggets, but their reliability is unclear. Many superficial chapters about battles before getting to the conspiracy. Casual, twenty first century colloquial style inappropriate to the gravity of the subject. Lincoln "scarffed" his breakfast?? Some stories don't recount interesting facts like the actual conversation Lincoln had at breakfast on the day of Assassination. Rank speculation not excusable by saying "hey this is just speculation." Not a serious book. Save your money for the myriad excellent Lincoln books available.

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- Oldschool

The word is cavalry not Calvary

Most annoying to me was Bill O'Reilly's pronunciation of cavalry which was in the book at least 100 times and never correctly spoken. Perhaps Bill should have allowed someone else to narrate his book. I've read many books about Lincoln and this one didn't really provide any new or different insight but it was interesting enough to keep me listening. A better choice would be "Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln's Killer".
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- Debra "avid reader"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-27-2011
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio