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Islington Branch Book Club - Past Titles: "Killing Lincoln" by Bill O'Reilly & Martin Dugard

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"Killing Lincoln" by Bill O'Reilly & Martin Dugard

  1. **Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard use a narrative approach to tell the story of Lincoln's assassination. How does this storytelling style contribute to the book's impact, and what are the advantages and limitations of this approach?

  2. **Discuss the political and social climate in the United States during the Civil War and its impact on the events leading up to Lincoln's assassination. How did the war influence the perspectives of both the North and the South?

  3. **The book provides insights into the lives of key figures such as Abraham Lincoln, John Wilkes Booth, and others. How does the authors' portrayal of these individuals contribute to the reader's understanding of their motivations and actions?

  4. **Explore the role of the media, particularly newspapers, during the time of Lincoln's assassination. How did the press influence public opinion and contribute to the unfolding events?

  5. **The book delves into the conspiracy to assassinate President Lincoln. How did the conspirators plan and execute the assassination, and what were their motivations?

  6. **Reflect on the aftermath of Lincoln's assassination and its impact on the nation. How did his death shape the course of Reconstruction and the post-Civil War era?

  7. **Consider the character of John Wilkes Booth and his motivations for assassinating Lincoln. How did Booth justify his actions, and what were the broader implications of his act?

  8. **Discuss the various perspectives on Lincoln's leadership during the Civil War. How did his approach to the war and his policies influence public opinion and political dynamics?

  9. **The book explores the manhunt for John Wilkes Booth after the assassination. How did the authorities track him down, and what challenges did they face in bringing him to justice?

  10. **Consider the impact of Lincoln's assassination on the presidency and the perception of presidential security. How did it influence subsequent presidents and their approach to security measures?

  11. **Explore the themes of tragedy and loss in the book. How did Lincoln's assassination impact the nation emotionally and politically?

  12. **Discuss the authors' use of historical sources and their approach to presenting historical events. In what ways do Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard bring historical accuracy to the narrative, and are there any aspects where interpretation or storytelling may differ from historical records?

Bill O'Reilly

  • Bill O'Reilly, born on September 10, 1949, is an American television host, political commentator, and author.
  • He gained prominence as the host of the political commentary program "The O'Reilly Factor" on the Fox News Channel, which became one of the highest-rated cable news shows.
  • O'Reilly's career in media spans decades, and he has been a controversial and influential figure in American television.
  • In addition to "Killing Lincoln," he co-authored several other historical narratives, including "Killing Kennedy," "Killing Jesus," and "Killing Patton."

Martin Dugard

  • Martin Dugard is an American author and historian, born on March 1, 1962.
  • He has written extensively on historical topics and adventure narratives.
  • Dugard's works often explore events and figures from different periods of history, combining thorough research with a compelling storytelling style.
  • In addition to co-authoring books with Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard has authored other books, including "The Last Voyage of Columbus," "Into Africa: The Epic Adventures of Stanley and Livingstone," and "Farther Than Any Man: The Rise and Fall of Captain James Cook."


  • Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard collaborated on a series of historical narrative books, often focusing on pivotal moments and figures in history.
  • Their collaboration includes works like "Killing Lincoln," "Killing Kennedy," "Killing Jesus," "Killing Patton," and others.
  • The co-authored books aim to present historical events in an engaging and accessible manner, reaching a broad audience with an interest in history.


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