It sounds like a really exciting read!

Elizabeth Parker

  It’s often said that people, especially kids, don’t like to read history because it’s “dry” and boring. In Killing Lincoln, Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard have managed to make history thrilling by showing true historical facts but writing the book like a modern thriller novel. As a result, their book is on the best-seller list and it’s awakening people’s interest in history. So what are some of the thriller-writing techniques they employed? Here are ten:

1. High Stakes. Besides the personal pathos of the murder of a good man and one of our best presidents, the subtitle says this was “a shocking assassination that changed America forever.” Those are high stakes that have relevance for us all.

2. Tight Time Frame. Rather than waxing on about an overview of the Civil War as a whole, the book covers a highly-charged, dramatic few days–from the end of the Civil War at Appomattox…

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  1. Left-Brained Business for Write-Brained People

    Thanks for writing about this. I saw O’Reilly on a talk show and was intrigued about what he said about the book, but I’ve been waiting to hear what someone who read the book had to say about it. I have so many books waiting in my TBR pile–well, tower might be a better description–I’m having to get a little choosy about adding reads to my list. Thanks again.

    Joanie

    • I generally am quite selective in terms of what I feel like reading but I’m trying to get into the habit of mixing up my genres so that I don’t get ‘stuck’ with one type of book – it can be really monotonous then.

  2. Just reblogging a very informative review 😀 Glad you enjoyed it though!

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