With Steven Spielberg’s highly touted Lincoln biopic having just opened, TheBlaze Books thought it apropos to bring you a trio of titles about the man viewed by many as America’s greatest commander in chief.
Lincoln’s Last Days is a special adaptation for school-age children of Bill O’Reilly’s bestselling Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever.
One cool aspect of this new creation is that O’Reilly and coauthor Dwight Jon Zimmerman deliver a rousing account of one of the most dramatic nights in American history that also will appeal to the adults who purchase this title for their kids.
In the spring of 1865, President Abraham Lincoln was traveling through Washington, D.C., after finally winning America’s most costly conflict, the Civil War.
In the midst of celebrations, Lincoln was assassinated at Ford’s Theatre in the nation’s capital by a famous actor named John Wilkes Booth. What followed was a thrilling manhunt that ended with a fiery shootout and swift justice for the perpetrators.
Here’s O’Reilly chatting about Lincoln’s Last Days on Glenn Beck’s radio show:
It’s a case of reality proving more intense than anything we could hope to invent (something Spielberg and Daniel Day Lewis clearly understand in the case of their own creation). Indeed the narrative surrounding Lincoln’s assassination contains an unforgettable cast of characters and compelling action.
This is something that O’Reilly and Zimmerman understand as well, and the duo ensures that their audience of young readers are riveted by vivid detail and visuals. Ultimately Lincoln’s Last Days is history that reads like a thriller.
Here’s an excerpt that describes the moments just before Lincoln is shot:
Booth’s cue is just ten seconds away.
He presses his black hat back down onto his head, then removes the derringer from his coat pocket and grasps it in his right fist. With his left hand, he slides the long, razor-sharp knife from its sheath.
Booth takes a deep breath and softly pushes the door open with his knife hand. The box is dimly lit from the footlights down below. He presses his body against the wall, careful to stay in the shadows while awaiting his cue. Abraham Lincoln’s head is visible over the top of his rocking chair, just four short feet in front of Booth; then Lincoln looks down and to the left, at the audience.
“You sockdologizing old man-trap” booms out through the theater.
Check out Glenn and Bill on GBTV talking about Killing Lincoln, the first of O’Reilly’s projects focusing on America’s 16th president: