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Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever Paperback – Large Print, September 2, 2015
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Bill O'Reilly is the anchor of "The O'Reilly Factor," the highest-rated cable news show in the country. He also writes a syndicated newspaper column and is the author of several number-one bestselling books. He is, perhaps, the most talked about political commentator in the country.
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What O'Reilly has going for him is a built-in audience who went out in droves to buy this book because he talked about it every day on The O'Reilly Factor. I watch him casually, and I figured, "Why not? One more book to add to my Lincoln collection (which is fairly large after fifty years)." As you should be able to see, my purchase of this book is verified at Amazon, and, in fact, I preordered it because the mention on the O'Reilly Factor got my interest. Unfortunately, it won't be up in the top tier of my Lincoln assassination material. It's OK for the casual reader who wants to learn something about the Lincoln assassination. It's too hurried and flies through things that need to be dealt with in a less perfunctory manner, I think. As O'Reilly notes in his show that Abraham Lincoln was the "gold standard" for the Presidency, I will say here that, for the "gold standard" of books written on the Lincoln assassination, no better work can be found than the book "Blood on the Moon," by Edward Steers -- you can see it here at Amazon at Blood on the Moon: The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln). If you only have one book on this subject, the Steers book is the book to have. If you just want to be up on the latest O'Reilly books, then get this one. It's not horrible, but it tells the reader nothing new, and oftentimes it tells the reader much LESS than he/she needs to know, and, as noted, sometimes incorrectly.
So, in summary, it was just OK, which is why I gave it an average rating. A few minor errors wouldn't have dropped it below four stars, but for a Lincoln researcher it would be considered a young person's primer. For someone seriously interested in the subject, get the Steers book and pass this one by. Just because O'Reilly has a multi-million person audience to whom he can hawk his wares, it doesn't mean it's great work. I hope people are not writing off an honest review because they think I'm picking on O'Reilly. The only POSSIBLE reason that this book took off so fast on the bestseller lists is because it was publicized on the O'Reilly Factor, not because it was so much better than any of the other books written about the Lincoln assassination. There has been much back-and-forth about this for some time. Dishonest people who didn't read the book but hate O'Reilly gave it one-star reviews without ever opening it. O'Reilly fans have an attack of the vapors at anything less than a five-star review. The purpose of this review was to inform, not to express ideology. I stand by this review. If you don't like it, that's fine, but don't attack me simply because you're sticking up for Bill O'Reilly (a futile wish, apparently). Again -- I watch The O'Reilly Factor. I am also a Lincoln scholar. Take this review at face value.
Generally, I admire O'Reilly and agree with him 95% of the time. The Pinhead one though is way off base on: 1. Lincoln as anything besides demonic - 2. Any fair analyses of sexual harassment (since he was extorted) - 3. Anything dealing with financials that negatively affect him. And we shall discover more later since he is easy to read (a simple man).
I am a registered Independent but have voted almost totally Republican the last 12 years.
The business profit greed war machine fueled Lincoln and the Civil War ... like it does today in the Department of Defense $1T annual waste fraud and abuse budget.
O'Reilly said (on his show) this book took six months to complete and it shows. I agree with the other reviews that this is nothing new. There are so many Lincoln books, why another one now that is poorly written?
I suspect the O'Reilly inflated ego is to blame, on his show he claims to be quite the presidential historian. He also claims Lincoln is the "gold standard" of presidents - what a joke. 700,000 killed in the Civil War is pure insanity and that is Lincoln's true legacy.
I lived in Gainesville, Virginia right next to the Manassas National Battlefield Park. So as part of a graduate degree in finance I studied the finance and economic history of the Civil War. That war was about insanity and the power of the North determined to not allow the South to self govern; it was not about slavery. It was about the North convinced it owned the South and its resources.
Only 5% of the population had the wealth and land and wherewithal to even own slaves. The better business model would have been free people on their own to work in agriculture, feeding and housing and medicating themselves - that is far more effective than a slave ownership business model. That should have been the role of Lincoln - to convince the South that free enterprise and freedom was the future. Let the South go in the short term if need be - they would have come back in a decade or so. Or if not we'd probably be better off as two countries, like Canada is better off without the USA.
The war model of governance has been such a failure in the USA - especially Lincoln's (the tin standard president) 700,000 dead - that is his failure legacy. Now the USA is sure to be at $20 Trillion in debt - a big part of it the Department of Defense and their 4 wars (Mexico included).
The military business machine rules far too often my friends, from Lincoln to Obama - we are all told to fall in lock step as patriots and never question the war efforts, generals and the "superb" military - hilarious! While in Gainesville I was in a van pool with a retired general leading the Air Force memorial effort (raising $10's of millions for another war monument), and the wife of a Air Force coroner who went to Delaware often to meet the soldier bodies returning from the Middle East. So business-like the way they pursued their endeavors.
Lincoln was a known depressive, and O'Reilly is way off base in this book. The real story is the 700,000 needlessly killed, not Killing Lincoln.