A friend got me started on Goodreads.com, and I can’t resist reviewing books I’ve read. It seems like a good idea to post it here, as well.
I apologize that the first review is of a book that isn’t very good, but here goes:
My dad gave me this book because he said O’Reilly’s ghostwriter “is really good.” Having recently finished Shelby Foote’s excellent three-part series on the Civil War, I thought I would enjoy reading a more detailed account of Lincoln’s assassination.
Some other reviewers have mentioned the book’s many problems, but what kept getting in my way was the amateurish writing style that is weighed down with cliches, hackneyed phrases, and cute gimmicks, such as constantly referring to Lincoln as “the man who had xx days to live.” No kidding. This is a book about an assassination, after all.
If you don’t know much about Lincoln’s last days and don’t want to bother with a more intelligent book, this one is fine. But I can’t recommend it.