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by Bill O'Reilly & Martin Dugard
Before reading this book I think I was like many Americans when it came to knowledge of Lincoln's assassination. I knew Lincoln was shot in the head by John Wilkes Booth at Ford's Theater while attending a play. I knew Wilkes was eventually apprehended and shot. Beyond these basic facts, I really didn't know that much. I didn't know what play Lincoln had gone to see. I didn't know that Lincoln's bodyguard had deserted his post. I didn't know that several people turned down invites to attend the play with Lincoln. I didn't know any details about Wilkes' co-conspirators. I didn't know that there are some who feel a member of Lincoln's cabinet may have had some involvement. Reading Killing Lincoln filled in these and many, many other details surrounding Lincoln's last days, his assassination, and the aftermath. I had a little trouble getting into the book at first, but soon enough it became a page-turner for me as I got into the story surrounding the history of one of the most tragic events in our nation's past. Well worth reading.