Killing Lincoln

Killing Lincoln Summary

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.

Book Reviews


Read it5 star

Great book.55


Details uncovered in a fascinating way5 star

Great book55

Sgt Banks

Great read5 star

I have read all of the Killing books. My opinion this is one of the best. Left one wondering about inter circle conspiracy . I don’t believe that Booth was sneaked out to the south to live out his life. The book lead me to believe that Booth was an arrogant loud mouth wanting attention and recognition. Don’t think he could spend a lifetime not bragging about what he did.55


Fascinating history of the end of the civil war and Lincoln5 star

Excellent history, filled with facts I’d not heard before, and I’ve studied a lot of the civil war through out my different education years. I was a bit of a history buff. Definitely recommend it55


Good4 star

Hard to put down.45


historical book3 star

i really like this book because it really helped me with my edgication and it also helped me learn some things about my family history.35


More errors than a FOX news report1 star

I wrote my masters thesis in college on the Lincoln assassination and so when I saw this book on the topic I was excited (and feeling nostalgic for my college days.) This book is a shame to the memory of Lincoln, and you shouldn't bother wasting your time with such rubbish. I would recommend reading a book written by a real historian and pray that journalist keep to what they know best, screwing up the current news.15

Not Hat Guy ECW

Outstanding5 star

Very enjoyable and easy to read.55


Pargolongago3 star

This was good reading, however, a little fact checking would have been good. 30 million people did not view the train carrying Lincoln's body. The entire population of the US both North and South was only 31 million at that time. 87 soldiers did not drown searching for Booth.35

Armik B

Killing Lincoln4 star

Great book loved it45

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