Killing Lincoln by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard (2011)
There has been so much in the news about Lincoln as of late. I had heard good things about this book, and with all the recent interest in the late president, it seemed like a good time to check out this book.
I like history. I like books about history. But, they can sometimes be dull, and drag, and more often than not, make you feel like you are back in class stuck behind a desk. That is not the case with this book. O’Reilly states right from the beginning that he wanted to write this book as a suspense story.
And, he gets it right. His research is thorough and extensive. And, the book is written as a story with incredible supporting evidence. He strikes out at a good rhythm that compels you to continue turning the pages.
O’Reilly focuses on the time between the last days of the civil war and Lincoln’s assassination. I felt as if I learned quite a bit about a time period that I admittedly knew little about. I have a better understanding now about why Lincoln is such a historical figure. I believe that the historical account is fairly unbiased and gives an accurate account of how both the North and South felt regarding slavery and Lincoln.