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Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination that Changed America Forever By O'Reilly, Bill

Updated: Oct 20, 2020

About the Book

This book is about how one gunshot changed the America forever.After America’s civil war, President Abraham Lincoln's terms are made to fulfill His dream of bringing America together with the former Confederates allowed to reintegrate into American society. But one man and his group of murderous accomplices,after reaching the highest rank of the U.S government were not okay with it.

In the midst of the patriotic celebrations in Washington D.C., John Wilkes Booth—an impenitent racist murders Abraham Lincoln at Ford's Theatre. A manhunt is then ensued 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 chase ends in a fiery shootout and a series of court-ordered executions which includes that of the first woman who was executed by the U.S. government, Mary Surratt.

What I Love About It

  1. I love the way this book was put together. It did feel like a suspense novel but full of history and truths that I have never heard about.

  2. I liked how the chapters were headed with the date and the time, and switched back and forth between Pres. Lincoln and JW Booth. I feel it gave both sides very well. You could almost understand the feelings Booth had and his reasoning for what he did, in his mind anyway.

Quotes to Remember

  1. You either fight active evil or you accept it. Doing nothing is acceptance. There is no in-between.

  2. Night is a time of terror. Worries and anxieties are unleashed by the darkness, when the distractions and the busyness of the day can no longer keep them at bay."

  3. The less you want, the happier you'll

How I Can Apply Its Content to my Life

  1. Lincoln was known for being very straightforward and this earned him the nickname of ''Honest Abe.'' Not everyone appreciated his leadership or his open opinions but he was still honest. This teaches us to be honest regardless of those against it.

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