Reviews for Killing Lincoln : The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever


AudioFile Reviews 2012 January
This is a remarkable book in that readers either dearly love it or savagely hate it. There's almost no middle ground among thousands of commentators. Newsman O'Reilly garbles some facts, but he also gives us a great dramatic reading. The book resonates like a novel, an adventure story. There are very few political bones to pick here; most of the facts are well understood, though there are conspiracy theories that pop up among the populace once in a while. Quite a few details unknown to the average history student are revealed, many of them showing the states of mind and thoughts of the victims and conspirators. Pacing is everything; O'Reilly is good at it. D.R.W. (c) AudioFile 2011, Portland, Maine

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Library Journal Reviews 2011 December #1

In this fast-paced, enthralling narrative that unfolds more like a true-crime thriller than scholarly analysis, O'Reilly (The O'Reilly Factor) and Dugard (Into Africa: The Epic Adventures of Stanley and Livingstone) offer an account of the events that led up to, surrounded, and unfolded in the aftermath of Lincoln's assassination. With a judicious mixture of history, hagiography, and conspiracy theory, Killing Lincoln overflows with psychological insights and wild speculation. O'Reilly's sonorous tone and flair for the dramatic add tremendously to the work's theatrical value. Recommended for O'Reilly devotees. ["This book is not for academics but may appeal to readers who enjoy fast-paced, conjectural popular history," read the review of the New York Times best-selling Holt hc, LJ 10/1/11.--Ed.]--Brian Odom, Pelham P.L., AL

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