Lincoln's Last Days: The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever

Lincoln's Last Days: The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever

4.2 71
by Bill O'Reilly, Dwight Jon Zimmerman
     
 

View All Available Formats & Editions

Lincoln's Last Days deftly recounts one of the most dramatic stories in American history—of how one gunshot changed the country forever. With more than 1.5 million copies sold of Killing Lincoln, this young readers edition is sure to expand the readership even further.

In Lincoln's Last Days, Bill O'Reilly masterfully adapts his historical

Overview

Lincoln's Last Days deftly recounts one of the most dramatic stories in American history—of how one gunshot changed the country forever. With more than 1.5 million copies sold of Killing Lincoln, this young readers edition is sure to expand the readership even further.

In Lincoln's Last Days, Bill O'Reilly masterfully adapts his historical thriller to appeal to a younger audience. Shorter text and lavishly illustrated with period photographs, maps, and art make this is an inviting and accessible book for young readers, and one sure to engross kids in this period of American history.

As far from a dusty history tome as one can get, both adults and children will find this lavishly illustrated volume irresistible on its own, or as a compelling companion to Killing Lincoln.

Editorial Reviews

author of The Lion and The Gold Coast on Killing L Nelson DeMille

As a history major, I wish my required reading had been as well written as this truly vivid and emotionally engaging account of Lincoln's assassination. And as a former combat infantry officer, I found myself running for cover at the Civil War battle scenes. This is the story of an American tragedy that changed the course of history. If you think you know this story, you don't until you've read Killing Lincoln. Add historian to Bill O'Reilly's already impressive résumé.
Children's Literature - Greg M. Romaneck
Bill O'Reilly is a noted conservative television and print commentator but what many people may not know is that in his earlier years he was a history teacher. Over the past year O'Reilly has received critical praise for his historical monograph Killing Lincoln, which detailed the events leading up to the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. In Lincoln's Last Days O'Reilly and Dwight Zimmerman recreate that research and study in a version of their previous work aimed at a younger audience. As was the case with their more comprehensive historical monograph, Lincoln's Last Days provides readers with a highly informative look back at one of the darkest crimes in American history. In order to do this sad tale justice, O'Reilly and Zimmerman take their readers back to a time when the Civil War had ended but not the evil machinations that provoked it. In telling this story the authors combine an eye for historical detail with fascinating portraits of the parties involved in Lincoln's death. The juxtaposition of Booth and his conspirators who acted with tragically flawed energy aimed at a terrible result, with President Lincoln's stoicism in the face of the heaviest responsibility imaginable represents the core of this book's narrative. As the pages turn the reader almost wishes that Booth will fail but historical facts cannot be changed and the clock may not be turned back. Booth succeeded in his flawed mission and the course of American history was changed. Successful as well are the authors of this swift aced and well written illustrated history that does justice to one of the saddest days in the nation's saga. Reviewer: Greg M. Romaneck
From the Publisher

“This thrillerlike adaptation captures the excitement of the Union victory in the Civil War and the shock and horror that quickly followed as the country learned of Lincoln's death and sought revenge on his assassins. The popularity of O'Reilly's adult title will drive interest in this version, but it definitely stands alone and will find an audience among general readers and report writers.” —School Library Journal

“Accessible to younger readers.” —Booklist

“As a history major, I wish my required reading had been as well written as this truly vivid and emotionally engaging account of Lincoln's assassination. And as a former combat infantry officer, I found myself running for cover at the Civil War battle scenes. This is the story of an American tragedy that changed the course of history. If you think you know this story, you don't until you've read Killing Lincoln. Add historian to Bill O'Reilly's already impressive résumé.” —Nelson DeMille, author of The Lion and The Gold Coast

Killing Lincoln is a must-read historical thriller. Bill O'Reilly recounts the dramatic events of the spring of 1865 with such exhilarating immediacy that you will feel like you are walking the streets of Washington DC on the night that John Wilkes Booth shot Abraham Lincoln. This is a hugely entertaining, heart-stopping read.” —Vince Flynn, author of American Assassin

“If Grisham wrote a novel about April 1865 . . . it might well read like Killing Lincoln.” —Peter J. Boyer, Newsweek

“[Killing Lincoln] delivers a taut, action-packed narrative with cliff-hangers aplenty.” —The Christian Science Monitor

“[Killing Lincoln] is nonfiction, albeit told in white-knuckled, John Grisham-like style.” —New York Post

School Library Journal
Gr 5–9—This skillfully abridged and adapted edition of O'Reilly's Killing Lincoln (Holt, 2011) retains the format of the adult title with brief chapters written in a present tense, "you are there" style. It opens in the often-chaotic closing days of the Civil War, capturing the jubilation following Lee's surrender, the events of Lincoln's last days, and Booth's obsessive hatred of Lincoln and his conspiracy to assassinate him. It then describes the shooting and Lincoln's final hours and death, the manhunt for Booth and his allies, Booth's death, and the speedy trial and execution of his coconspirators. An afterword relates the fates of other important figures, and appendixes include a "Lincoln's World" that provides facts about aspects of the Civil War, time lines, and Lincoln-related Washington, DC, locations. Well-captioned illustrations, which include maps and period photos of the major players and significant locations, appear on almost every page and are both informative and interesting. This thrillerlike adaptation captures the excitement of the Union victory in the Civil War and the shock and horror that quickly followed as the country learned of Lincoln's death and sought revenge on his assassins. The popularity of O'Reilly's adult title will drive interest in this version, but it definitely stands alone and will find an audience among general readers and report writers. Chasing Lincoln's Killer (Scholastic, 2009), the YA version of James L. Swanson's adult best-seller, is more narrowly focused on the conspiracy and the massive manhunt for Booth.—Mary Mueller, formerly at Rolla Junior High School, MO

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780805096750
Publisher:
Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Publication date:
08/21/2012
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
62,504
Product dimensions:
7.38(w) x 9.14(h) x 1.01(d)
Lexile:
1020L (what's this?)
Age Range:
10 - 15 Years

Read an Excerpt

The man with six weeks to live is anxious.

He furls his brow and walks out of the Capitol Building, which is nearing completion. Fifty thousand men and women stand in pouring rain and ankle-deep mud to watch Abraham Lincoln take the oath of office to begin his second term. His new vice president, Andrew Johnson, has just delivered a red-faced, drunken, twenty-minute ramble vilifying the South that has left the crowd squirming, embarrassed by Johnson's inebriation.

So when Lincoln steps up to the podium and delivers an eloquent appeal for reunification, the spiritual message of his second inaugural address is all the more uplifting. "With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation's wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations," the president intones humbly.

Suddenly, the sun bursts through the clouds as he speaks, its light enveloping the tall and outwardly serene Lincoln. But 120 miles away in the Virginia railroad junction of Petersburg, any thought of serenity is a fantasy.

Meet the Author

Bill O'Reilly is the anchor of The O'Reilly Factor, the highest-rated cable news show in the country. He is the author of several number-one bestselling books.

Dwight Jon Zimmerman has adapted books for young readers by distinguished authors such as Dee Brown and James McPherson. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >

Lincoln's Last Days: The Shocking Assassination that Changed America Forever 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 71 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The "ONE STAR" ratings are ridiculous! This book is very enjoyable for children and young teens, as well as adults. It is a excellent pairing for the Killing Lincoln that has been on the NYT Bestseller List for weeks and weeks. These "raters" are obviously Bill O "Haters" so DON'T, under any circumstances take their word for the "ONE STAR" rating...YOU WILL LOVE THIS BOOK!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. I think a lot of teachers should use this book to get students excited about reading about history. Love the authors. I like their straight forward way of telling you things about historical figures, without making them boring. I was also surprised that their own political views didn't color their writings.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ok.... so, I am 11 and I never knew that John Wilkes Booth actually had other people in on the assasination. I also didn't know that they attacked Secretary of State Stanton in his bed to topple the American government. After I read this book, I researched on the assasination to be sure of the facts even though Mr. O'Reilly does his research. I am a kid, but I like politics. I may not aggree with some of you, but this is a wonderful history book!! :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book takes you on a amazing ride through Linolns last days until his death. Absolutely a book that any historian or lincoln fan shoul read.
PatCA More than 1 year ago
You can tell from the start that this will be an interesting factual easy read. There is no political agenda here. Just the story of history in the making. We read this book in anticipation of our trip to Wash DC and Ford theater/ Gettysburg. We knew the facts before we went, and it made it so interesting. I think high school students would really enjoy this read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you love history and want to learn more or if your school dosent teach you enough of it than this book is for you.
Gimpynomore More than 1 year ago
Contains a lot of behind the scenes about the assination of Linclon and the happenings afterward.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is very interesting book.I cant wait to see what happens next!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was amazed as to how the book gave blow by blow precise details and a time line of Lincoln's last days. I also appreciated the drawings very much.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
EXCELLENT ADDENDUM TO KILLING LINCOLN
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My teacher said that this is a really good book, she was right. Wich is why I bought this book in the first place. I just know young readrs like me like this book as well as I do, so i hope they get a good education.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Is this a good book !!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am defintly going to get this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really good book so far!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book is sad but i still like it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think that this was a amazing book. I really never found something confusing or incorect. I would highly recomend this book to anybody including adults or just someone who likes history. It is frendly to kids because it has pictuers and photographs. It also includes what happend after the assasanation. Over all, it deserves 3000000 stars!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you dont want your kid to read this then dont let him. And i doubt ur actually "lady obama" . If u r, dont call urself that cuz it makes u sound like the wife of a lord. Obama is quite far from that. U know what, u shiuld tell him how communism isnt for america.... he seems to be putting us on that track. Btw... great book! Sorry for my rant but its true;)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its a really good book!:D
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Your a dumbowumbofatabat
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It taught me alot about lincon and how he died very good book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is really good, I mean GREAT! I loved this book soooooooooooooo much.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My grandsons loved this book. It was interesting and enjoyable to read. I would highly recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book and i know that others would like it too!!