Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard

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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

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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.

PRAISE

“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, D.C., 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

“[Killing Lincoln] delivers a taut, action-packed narrative with cliff-hangers aplenty.”

The Christian Science Monitor

“[Killing Lincoln] is nonfiction, albeit told in white-knuckled, John Grisham-like style.”

New York Post

THE AUTHORS

Bill O’Reilly

Bill O’Reilly is the trailblazing TV journalist who has experienced unprecedented success on cable news and writing nonfiction books. Including the Killing series, there are currently 17 million O'Reilly books in print. He lives on Long Island.

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Martin Dugard

Martin Dugard is the New York Times bestselling author of several books of history. He and his wife live in Southern California with their three sons.

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THE AUTHORS

Bill O’Reilly

Bill O’Reilly is the trailblazing TV journalist who has experienced unprecedented success on cable news and writing nonfiction books. Including the Killing series, there are currently 17 million O'Reilly books in print. He lives on Long Island.

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David Fisher

David Fisher is the author of more than twenty New York Times bestsellers. His work has also appeared in most major magazines and many newspapers. He lives in New York with his wife and two sons.

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THE AUTHORS

Bill O’Reilly

Bill O’Reilly is the trailblazing TV journalist who has experienced unprecedented success on cable news and writing nonfiction books. Including the Killing series, there are currently 17 million O'Reilly books in print. He lives on Long Island.

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Dwight Jon Zimmerman

Dwight Jon Zimmerman has adapted books for young readers by distinguished authors such as Dee Brown and James McPherson. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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THE AUTHOR

Bill O’Reilly

Bill O’Reilly is the trailblazing TV journalist who has experienced unprecedented success on cable news and writing nonfiction books. Including the Killing series, there are currently 17 million O'Reilly books in print. He lives on Long Island.

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THE AUTHORS

Bill O’Reilly

Bill O’Reilly is the trailblazing TV journalist who has experienced unprecedented success on cable news and writing nonfiction books. Including the Killing series, there are currently 17 million O'Reilly books in print. He lives on Long Island.

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Bruce Feirstein is a screenwriter of the James Bond films GoldenEye, Tomorrow Never Dies, and The World Is Not Enough and the New York Times bestselling author of Real Men Don’t Eat Quiche. He has written for The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal and has been a contributing editor at Vanity Fair since 1994.

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