The Killing Of Lincoln by Bill O’Reilly

In the spring of 1865, after a long day of meetings, Abraham Lincoln alongside his wife Mary, took to the theater.  While Lincoln knew that he had a lot of enemies and had even thought there was a good chance he would be assassinated, he had no idea that his life was about to end.

John Wilkes Booth was an anchor and charismatic ladies man as well as an impenitent racist.  His hatred for Lincoln burned so strong it was obsession.  He stressed over the details for months… working out accomplices in the mission.  It started as a kidnapping plan… and lead to a much deadlier conclusion.

The theater box where Lincoln was shot

Ok… here’s my thing about Lincoln.  He is my all time favorite president.  And here was my uneducated reasons why:

1.  freeing of the slaves

2.  He was the 16th president and 16 in my favorite number

3.  He was honest

After listening to this audio I realize – I did not know him at all.  He was only 56 when he died.  More surprisingly to me… Booth was 26. 

I did not know about all the background of Booth and the Lincoln conspiracy.  Out of their three sons, I had not realized that 3 had died by the age of 18.  And while I suspected the toll this took on Mary (Todd) Lincoln I did not to the point that after her third child’s death their remaining son put her in a home. 

What I am saying here is I found this audio to be very informative and interesting.  I learned much about Lincoln’s life, General Grant, and John Wilkes Booth.

I leave this audio feeling like I now know more about the president I adored from afar. 

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11 thoughts on “The Killing Of Lincoln by Bill O’Reilly

  1. Wow, this one sounds like a good book! I love when I learn new things about historic figures and find out that what I thought I knew was wrong…or at least, insufficient.

    Thanks for sharing….

  2. I watched Bill on the Today show a few weeks back talking about this book and I thought it sounded pretty fascinating. I never thought to try it on audio and now I’m thinking I will pick it up for my husband and then later for me!

  3. My husband is about 20 pages away from finishing KILLING LINCOLN and he has really been enjoying it. He and I were watching Bill O’Rielly on a talk show answering questions and just the few interesting facts he brought up were so intriguing that I ran out the next day and had the book on the Man’s nightstand!

    I’m so glad you enjoyed the audio – I am between audiobooks at the moment and contemplating this one as a download.

  4. Does it make sense when I say that even though I think the books sounds fascinating and covers something I have always found interesting, I can’t read the book because of who the author is. I know it says more about me than I think I like, but I just couldn’t do it.

    Thanks for the wonderful review.

  5. So, Lincolns your fav. President … Frees the slaves you say. …because 16 is your favorite number. Like the 16th amendment I suppose. Lincoln ENSLAVED us all. And he “freed the slaved, only in the south. Learn something about history. And Read: ‘The Real Abraham Lincoln’

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