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Don't let the O'Reilly name turn you off
Reviewed in the United States on January 31, 2018
For years I resisted buying these books because of my dislike for Bill O'Reilly who always impressed me as a pompous, arrogant jerk. But then I was at the hair salon and there was a book exchange shelf there and I started looking for something to read to pass the time. As usual, all the books were romance novels (not a fan) except for Killing the Rising Sun which I started reading and got drawn into- I took it home and finished it in a day or two. I enjoyed it enough so that I then ordered and read Killing Lincoln.
These books are written in a way that makes the people and places come alive and don't become bogged down with too much dry data, facts and figures, etc. Of course, Bill O'Reilly doesn't do the actual writing himself since all these Killing books have another author listed in small print. In fact it looks like some of the newer ones have dropped the pretense of O'Reilly being one of the actual authors; although the books are still marketed with his name featured prominently on the cover they no longer say "by Bill O'Reilly" (see the Legends and Lies books). No matter- the two of these history books I have read are interesting and are quick reads. I am now reading a Bruce Catton civil war book now so that I can learn more about the war itself. I see that some of the one star reviews for the O'Reilly books complain about the inaccuracies and fictionalizing. I'm sure that's true- I'm no expert but when I went to look up more online about some of the conspirators in Lincoln's assasination, I noticed that the book had the pictures of Samuel Arnold and Michael O'Laughlen mistakenly labeled with each other's names. If this is one little mistake that I noticed, I'm sure there are others. But the bottom line is that Killing Lincoln is not a bad read and has sparked my interest in further reading about the Civil War.