Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination that Changed America Forever
by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard
- Hardcover: 336 pages
- Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.; First Edition (September 27, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0805093079
- ISBN-13: 978-0805093070
Much of what is written and said on this book depends on the author’s view of Bill O’Reilly and not on what is between the covers of the book. The “this is a great book” are slightly ahead of the “this is garbage” on Amazon. The reality is between these two groups. While not a great book, for that matter how many great histories are published each year, it is not garbage either.
A fair review should state that this is a very readable, reasonably accurate telling of the last days of Lincoln’s life and the events following his death. A member of my round table and something of an assassination buff enjoyed the book. We both found it to be very readable and enjoyable. As with most books, you will find statements to take issue with. However, the authors do not drift too far from the historical accepted version of events. Their handling of the questions about Stanton’s involvement is very good without taking a position. They accept Doctor Mudd is a Confederate agent that helped in Booth’s escape. I feel they tie Booth too closely to the Confederate Secret Service in Canada.
The book is a daily chronicle of events from April 1 to April 13. April 14, is almost an hourly chronicle of events covering Booth and Lincoln. Booth’s escape, the trial and execution are covered in hours to weeks, depending on the events occurring. Their is an excellent Afterword, a re-creation of the April 29, 1865 Harper’s Weekly covering the assassination. Some very basic end notes cover major sections and the book has a full index.
While Killing Lincoln may not add to our knowledge, it is a very readable account with no major errors.
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