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.
Loved every minute of it! I really enjoyed just how close the author seemed to stick to the facts. I’m not expert on Lincoln, but thought O’Reilly really brought up a lot of good points that made me question everything I thought I knew. Great listen!
Thought the narrator drolled on a little at times, probably because the book was chock full of facts and figures. Would have loved more of a storyline. Overall good though. Definitely interesting and would recommend.
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Bill O’Reilly: Killing Lincoln Audio Book Summary
Killing Lincoln is the work of Bill O’Reilly, author of historical dye books such as Killing Kennedy, Killing Lincoln and Killing Jesus, who is also recognized for his work as a presenter of a television program of popularization and political criticism with more audience In the United States, called The O’Reilly Factor.
O’Reilly brings us now, a book that chronicles one of the events that became a historic milestone in the United States, the murder of the sixteenth president Ambraham Lincoln.
In the year 1865, Abraham Lincoln and his wife Mary Todd Lincoln prepared to attend the performance of the play Our American Cousin. It was the year in which the American Civil War came to an end and everything seemed to suggest that relative calm was coming in comparison with the previous years of its mandate.
However, because of its actions such as the proclamation of emancipation of slaves and the adoption of the 13th amendment of the Constitution abolishing slavery; Lincoln knew that he had made many enemies and even thought that there was a good chance that he was killed, even so, he had no idea that his life was about to end. Everything that revolves around the assassination of Lincoln before and after is told in Killing Lincoln.
The book is basically divided into four parts. The first part tells the development of the battles of the Civil War and the reconciliation of the states of North and South during the last period of the war. This section of the book focuses on the decisive characters Robert E. Lee, who was military adviser to the president of the Southern Confederation Jefferson Davis; And then Commander-General of all Confederate armies. And on the other hand, Ulysses S. Grant who would get Lee to surrender and later, would become president of the United States.
This passage is particularly rich in information on the American Civil War, where the most important aspects of that historical stage are explained in understandable terms.
The second part begins to focus more on Lincoln, who thanks to its antiesclavistas ideals, gains to several enemies. It also gives prominence to John Wilkes Booth, a charismatic man of appearance, but also, a tireless racist.
The third part, the longest part, details the day of the tragic death of Abraham Lincoln, covers that April 14, 1865 in which President Lincoln and his wife Mary Todd attended a performance at the Ford Theater that ended with Assassination of Lincoln on the board with a shot in the head, in the hands of John Wilkes Booth. He also talks about the whole drama of the efforts to keep him alive until the next day.
Finally, the fourth part is about what it meant to apprehend Booth, his capture and death at Garret Farm.
Bill O’Reilly’s books have the characteristic of having support in extensive research and this is no exception, he co-authored with Dugard did excellent documentary work and obtained information hitherto unknown about Lincoln from unpublished documents. The words and thoughts attributed to the characters come from diaries and personal narratives or from third parties involved in the facts.
It is a work that remains nothing more than a historical narrative, but also offers theories that are logical and interesting for the reader who seek to offer answers about the unknowns surrounding the tragedy of the president.
In short, it’s a brilliantly structured and well-written book, where the characters come to life. It is exciting at the same time as it is educational.
The authors did a great job converting a historical book into a thriller in such a way that both an assiduous reader of historical literature and one that is not, can enjoy this work enormously.