Killing Lincoln By Bill O ' Reilly And Martin Dugard Essay

1700 Words Nov 16th, 2016 7 Pages
The novel Killing Lincoln, written by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard, portrays the steps leading up to the assassination of President Lincoln and the effects after. The author sequences the book in chronological arrangement through the historical events. Bill O’Reilly is a political television show host on the channel Fox News. O’ Reilly is an accomplished author; he has produced numerous historical novels. Also, the author majored in history and graduated from Harvard, so this knowledge makes him credible to produce his historical stories. Killing Lincoln’s success could be contributed to Bill O’Reilly’s personal accomplishments. The co-author Dugard has partnered with O’Reilly on most of his historical novels (Unknown 2012).
The author primarily used secondary sources in his footnotes and endnotes. O’Reilly used a lot of pictures and graphs to help explain to the reader about the occurrences within the novel. The graphs and pictures would help the reader picture the action within the book, and to show the different perspectives of the characters.
In “Part One” of the novel Killing Lincoln, the Civil War tears the country into two sides, the Union and the Confederacy. This tension puts a strain on Lincoln’s presidency, as well as his reputation. The Union corners the Confederacy in the Petersburg, Virginia. General Robert E. Lee leads to the Confederacy in search of North Carolina, where the troops could escape the Union persecution. Lee and his troops finally escape the…

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