Killing Lincoln

Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard have made a killing on their series of “Killing” books: Killing Patton; Killing Reagan; Killing Jesus; Killing Lincoln; and Killing Kennedy.  I have read three of the five and am now on my fourth.  All I can say is “wow.”  Each of these books has been on the New York Times bestseller list.  And each has received favorable review.   

For me, Killing Lincoln was the most fascinating (65 weeks on the NY Times bestseller list; more than a million in print).  The reader is literally perched on a tree limb in some of the battle scenes.  He is a fly on the wall in the White House during meetings of consequence.  And she is a silent eyewitness to the tragic events that unfold at Ford’s Theater on that fateful Good Friday evening in 1865.  

As mentioned, I’m halfway through my fourth in the “series.”  And I’ve pre-ordered O’Reilly’s upcoming Killing the Rising Sun (also with Martin Dugard) which is due for release on September 13th.  If you’re looking for some armchair adventure – or a gift for a friend – you can’t go wrong with any of these offerings.  But my first pick – so far – is Killing Lincoln.       

Killing Lincoln

I just finished Killing Lincoln by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard. Wow! Reading this book was like reading a Tom Clancy thriller.   The reader is literally on the front lines of the Civil War – and standing in silent witness in the wings of the President’s private box for the chilling and tragic denouement that took place at Ford’s Theater on Good Friday, April 14, 1865.  A few nitpicky critics pointed out that there were four minor inaccuracies and two typeset errors in the first edition.  These were corrected in subsequent printings.   Killing Lincoln has sold over one million copies and soared to number 2 on the New York Times bestseller list for non-fiction.  It remained for weeks as number 1 – on the New York Times E-Book non-fiction list.

I had asked for this book for Christmas – and Santa Claus did not disappoint.  If you want a truly fascinating read — that will grip you from start to finish — get – and read – Killing Lincoln.  It is truly five star.  And the profits go to charity.