Book 2 for 2012 is “Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination that Changed America Forever“. This book has spent a couple of weeks in the New York Times NonFiction Best Seller list.
Told much in the fashion of a murder/mystery, O’Reilly provides a good introduction to this tragic saga. The story contains a lot of detail and O’Reilly does not find a conspiracy theory he doesn’t like. Though a fun read, it appears the authors took some liberties with some facts based on some online reviews by historians.
I am sure the desire to fan the conspiracy portion of the story is part of the reason. I don’t think either author is a historian which probably is another reason for the errors. Hopefully ‘real’ historians will learn to write for the masses so we can get both enjoyable reads and fewer errors, till then….
Book InfoKilling Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination that Changed America Forever
by Bill O'Reilly
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
Source: Mid-Columbia Library
Reason: New York Times #1 NonFiction Best Seller
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.
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.