Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination that Changed America Forever

Written by Bill O’Reilly Martin Dugard
Review by John R. Vallely

Bill O’Reilly is one of the more well-known conservative media personalities of the contemporary American scene. As such, a large number of American readers will undoubtedly be attracted to his account of the John Wilkes conspiracy to assassinate President Lincoln in the final moments that ended armed rebellion in 1865. The reader, however, should be prepared for a fair amount of breathless and needlessly exaggerated comments, such as “[Union troops] will swarm from their positions and race across no-man’s land…hell-bent on capturing the city”; Lincoln’s “guts churn”; Booth’s sweetheart “knows…that the man she loves is mysterious and passionate and fearless in the bedroom,” and “Lincoln still has miles to go before he sleeps.” Those knowledgeable about Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson may find it interesting to learn that he “fell from his horse, dead” at Chancellorsville. Unless you revel in purple prose, save your money.