A riveting historical narrative of the heart-stopping events surrounding the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, and the first work of history from mega-bestselling author Bill O’Reilly
The anchor of The O’Reilly Factor recounts one of the most dramatic stories in American history–how one gunshot changed the country forever. In the spring of 1865, the bloody saga of America’s Civil War finally comes to an end after a series of increasingly harrowing battles. President Abraham Lincoln’s generous terms for Robert E. Lee’s surrender are devised to fulfill Lincoln’s dream of healing a divided nation, with the former Confederates allowed to reintegrate into American society. But one man and his band of murderous accomplices, perhaps reaching into the highest ranks of the U.S. government, are not appeased.
In the midst of the patriotic celebrations in Washington D.C., John Wilkes Booth–charismatic ladies’ man and impenitent racist–murders Abraham Lincoln at Ford’s Theatre. A furious manhunt ensues and Booth immediately becomes the country’s most wanted fugitive. Lafayette C. Baker, a smart but shifty New York detective and former Union spy, unravels the string of clues leading to Booth, while federal forces track his accomplices. The thrilling chase ends in a fiery shootout and a series of court-ordered executions–including that of the first woman ever executed by the U.S. government, Mary Surratt. Featuring some of history’s most remarkable figures, vivid detail, and page-turning action,Killing Lincoln is history that reads like a thriller.
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For more than 13 years Bill O’Reilly has presided over The O’Reilly Factor on the FOX News Channel, the highest rated cable news program. He is a three-time Emmy Award winner, as well as the recipient of a Governor’s Award from the Boston/New England chapter of the prestigious National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Prior to becoming executive producer and anchor of The Factor, he served as national correspondent for ABC News and as anchor of the nationally syndicated news magazine program Inside Edition.
O’Reilly was born in New York, and lived in New Jersey and on Long Island. He played semi-professional baseball while attending Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York. O’Reilly taught English and history in Miami prior to returning to school to earn a master’s degree in broadcast journalism from Boston University. He also holds a Master of Public Administration degree from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, where he was a student of Marvin Kalb.
He was married to Maureen McPhilmy, a public relations executive, from 1996 until 2012. The couple have two children, and each resides in suburban Manhasset, New York.
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