Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever by Bill O’Reilly
Bill O’Reilly believes that every American should know something about Lincoln’s presidency; what transpired during its course, and how it ended and that’s his reasons for writing this informational book. O’Reilly says he wanted the book to read like a thriller... for people who are not particularly interested in history, and to show what true leaders are like. The book is split up into four different parts, Total War, The Ides of Death, The Long Good Friday, and The Chase. The book tries to recall the days and events of happening that transpired upcoming to Lincoln’s assassination and the events that then led to the capture of his shooter.
The book begins with Abraham Lincoln being sworn in as the 16th President of the United States. The vice president, Andrew Johnson, has just given a rambling, drunken speech which not only embarrasses the president but also the crowd. Lincoln steps up to the podium and gives an uplifting speech. Nearby stands accomplished actor and Confederate sympathizer John Wilkes Booth. Booth becomes incensed at Lincoln's speech and lunges for him. Booth is caught by a policeman who believes that Booth merely stumbled. Not even Booth's fiancée has any idea of the plot to kill Lincoln.
Total War: On April 1, 1865, Lincoln awaited news from Grant, who’s Union Army was engaged in battle against General Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia trying to trap the Confederate army in the city of Petersburg in order to get surrender from Lee. The trap ultimately was unsuccessful as Lee saw it coming and barely escaped and headed for the Carolinas where he thought he could get the upper hand. Grant plots his next plan of attack as he will send half of his cavalry to trail the confederate and send the other half to trot west and try to get in front of them to block their way thus surrounding Lee. April 3 Lincoln receives information that the Northern...