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  • Oct 3, 2011
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I've read a lot about Abraham Lincoln and his times, and I thought that I knew as much as it was possible to know about the last few days of his life. This well-written new book has shown me that there are many things about Lincoln of which I was unaware, which seems to happen to me all the time with historical subjects. The story of the life of a historical figure is always subject to new information, the collation of information from disparate sources into one coherent whole, and just plain good old research.

This is a book that is quite easy to read, told more in the manner of a novel than a work of nonfiction. That is one of its great strengths, for it gets the reader involved very quickly and keeps him interested in what is happening, even though he knows the ultimate result of everything that has gone before.

I don't know whether Mr. O'Reilly himself did the research, or perhaps it was done by his co-author and he was responsible for getting the book into shape. However it was done, the result is a book that is well worth reading by everyone.

I haven't read any of the other reviews (I never do before writing my own so they won't have any influence, even subconsciously over me), but looking at the difference in stars between the high and the low, I wonder if perhaps a portion of those who gave the book low marks even read it. As we all know, books by conservative authors, or those who are believed to be conservative, tend to get a lot of low ratings by non-readers. The name of the author is enough to get them writing with poison pen. I hope this is not the case here. Reasonable reviewers can disagree about the content, accuracy and value of a book without projecting into their reviews their own political prejudices.

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October 29, 2011
I just posted my review and agree with everything you said about the book. Maybe you want to check out mine to see if we agree.
 
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Not since The Devil in the White City have I read a history book that gripped me from start to finish. The authors do an amazing job of transporting the reader back in time where the reader feels like they are actually there. It starts with the last days of the civil war. It describes the events in such detail and suspense that even though you know that Lee will be cornered at Appomattox, you keep thinking that maybe he will escape back into the South.      I could barely believe …
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"As a history major, I wish my required reading had been as well written as this truly vivid and emotionally engaging account of Lincoln's assassination. And as a former combat infantry officer, I found myself running for cover at the Civil War battle scenes. This is the story of an American tragedy that changed the course of history.  If you think you know this story, you don't until you’ve read Killing Lincoln.  Add historian to Bill O’Reilly’s already impressive résumé."—Nelson DeMille, author of The Lion and The Gold Coast

"Killing Lincoln is a must read historical thriller.  Bill O'Reilly recounts the dramatic events of the spring of 1865 with such exhilarating immediacy that you will feel like you are walking the streets of Washington, DC, on the night that John Wilkes Booth shot Abraham Lincoln.  This is a hugely entertaining, heart-stopping read."—Vince Flynn, author of American Assassin

"If Grisham wrote a novel about April 1865…it might well read like Killing Lincoln."—Peter J. Boyer, Newsweek

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ISBN-10: 0805093079
ISBN-13: 978-0805093070
Genre: History
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.

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