Killing Lincoln by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard

Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination that Changed America ForeverKilling Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination that Changed America Forever by Bill O’Reilly
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

You don’t have to like Bill O’Reilly to like this book.

It’s a very interesting account of Abraham Lincoln’s final days before being assassinated by John Wilkes Booth. The book starts by describing the final battles of the civil war and the surrender of General Lee to General Grant. The story then moves on to the planning and killing of Lincoln by Booth and his team. It ends with the account of how Booth ran, was captured and killed, and how the others involved were captured and either imprisoned or hanged.

The details described keeps the reader right in the midst of the action. The story line is immediate and the whole book is written in the present tense (as is typical for a journalist like O’Reilly). But the style keeps the reader moving right along with the events as they unfold. The whole book covers a period of only about four months.

Interesting and educational. I recommend it.

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