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The Best History Book I Have Read In About Five Years!

  • Oct 29, 2011
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 how Lee's soldiers could have fought so fiercely with no food or sleep for days, while marching over a great distance. Some of the fights included men fighting like wild animals, using teeth and anything else.

The grandeur of Lee's actual surrender is utterly amazing. Now for the conspiracy. It is told in such a way that all the way up until Booth fires the fatal shot, you are hoping that he will change his mind. The level of detail about that April 14th is so amazing that the authors had to sift through an incredible amount of research and then sort it chronolgically. Amazing!

For real history buffs there are reprints of the Harper's Bazaar articles about the assasination and the hunt for Booth and the others.

Had I had a book like this in College, I probably would have taken a lot more history. The people that write those droll history textbooks should take a lesson from this book!

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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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