KILLING LINCOLN – Bill O’Reilly (2011)

Many Americans recognize the name Bill O’Reilly who faithfully engages both the sympathetic and the skeptical on his weekday television show, The O’Reilly Factor.

O’Reilly teams up with historian, Martin Dugard in a work of historical fiction – Killing Lincoln.  The authors succeed in presenting readers with an account of the events leading up to the assassination of Americas beloved 16th president.

O’Reilly and Dugard set the context by alerting readers to the events that surround the civil war.  They introduce the key players and pay close attention to General Ulysses Grant and his close friendship with Lincoln.  The grizzly portrait of John Wilkes Booth is carefully painted and the monsters who conspired with Booth are introduced.

The most compelling feature of Killing Lincoln is the man himself.  One gets a sense of his love for liberty, passion for civil rights, and his natural propensity to lead.  Killing Lincoln is a stark reminder of the freedom that Americans enjoy – a freedom that is eroding by the day. 

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