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

With nearly a year on the best seller list, Killing Lincoln by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard remains a worthwhile read. A nonfiction book that reads like fiction, Dugard and O’Reilly come under some criticism for their reliance on secondary sources, but for most nonacademic historians, this book is a satisfying opportunity to learn more about the details of Lincoln’s assassination. Lincoln’s fatalistic and casual attitude toward his own security startles most readers as does the audacious scope of John Wilkes Booth’s plan that included assassinating not just the President, but the Vice-President and Secretary of State. Readers who enjoyed Erik Larson’s In the Garden of the Beasts will find the politics and possibilities both realized and unrealized in this book thought provoking and challenging as well.

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