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Killing England: The Brutal Struggle for American Independence

(The Killing of Historical Figures)

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Told through the eyes of George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and Great Britain’s King George III, Killing England chronicles the path to independence in gripping detail, taking the reader from the battlefields of America to the royal courts of Europe. What started as protest and unrest in the colonies soon escalated to a world war with devastating casua ...more
Hardcover, 340 pages
Published September 19th 2017 by Henry Holt and Co.
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Jim Jan Murphy has obviously never read any of these books. The books are a non partisan story of history. I have read the entire series and love every…moreJan Murphy has obviously never read any of these books. The books are a non partisan story of history. I have read the entire series and love every one of them. There is no madman here except the one who judges without all the facts. (less)

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Jim Brown
Sep 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is another great book written by O'Reilly and Dugard. It may be the best yet. It is a history book written almost like a novel. Not as yet finished but on this Sunday with all the negative press about the NFL and not standing for the National Anthem, I had to post this. As I read what American Patriots endured, yes endured, and how thousands died to fight the British, I am even more sickened by what the privileged NFL players and NBA players and now MLB players are doing and not doing. I su ...more
Ken Baiardi
Sep 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Could not put it down. Such a great book

Bill O'Reilly books are the most educational and spell binding books of all. I have learned so much I never really knew.
Susan Crowe
Awesome as always! Now I have to wait another year for the next one.
Carol
Apr 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-club-pick
Second Read: I and some wonderful friends have selected this book as our Book Club pick for this month. I have enjoyed it very much and am fairly certain that it will generate some really good discussion. I’m used to the format of the ‘killing’ books series - not really teaching what happens, but providing interesting character details and offering specific events. This one was overall pretty good. Do I really need to know what kind of lover Benjamin Franklin was or how about Thomas Jefferson? O ...more
John Magee
Sep 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As far as history books, O'Reilly's "Killing" series are all extremely entertaining. Although O'Reilly has a well-earned reputation for conservatism, those who don't agree with his political commentary could gain much from his well-researched and footnoted "Killing" series and Killing England is just the latest in his apolitical "Killing" series.
Kimberly
Jan 02, 2018 rated it did not like it
I had very high hopes for this book based on reviews, however, I was extremely disappointed within the first 3 chapters. The book is poorly edited (several sentences and half sentences repeated in just the first chapters); the author switches tenses often and inconsistently; and, it is difficult to tell when the author takes liberty with filling in the gaps of the story. I recently read Nathaniel Philbrick's "Valiant Ambition" which I found to be much better written. I abandoned this book and to ...more
Christopher Backa
While I learned a few bits of trivia this book is really a cliff notes version of the revolution. It’s a good read but it doesn’t go too in-depth. It does cover some things people are familiar with like valley forge and it also tells the real story behind the film The Patriot. It’s a good starter book
Sandy Kershner
Jan 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very good and there is a lot of things that you're not taught in school. Just amazing what the patriots had to go through.
Jeanette
Nov 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Others have said it better. Such an enthralling read for the uphill struggle that these people had to form a new nation, and leave the Old World continent's dictates to financial ownership of the New World, that and much else in structures of government too, behind.

This particular book is not my O'Reilly favorite, but I do think it has the most minutia about these incredible peoples' early lives and physical reality in it too. Way beyond the battles, the fights for autonomy, the necessities to
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Jay Schutt
Feb 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received this book as a gift, and in that case, felt obliged to read it. It was something that I normally would have passed over. I usually read books on this subject about specific events or people involved in those events in order to get the most information possible.
This book was a gloss-over of the American Revolutionary War era, but I found that, in some instances, it was surprisingly very informative. A quick, good read if you are looking for a basic review of the period.
Jeri
Oct 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Having read many books about the Revolutionary War, what stands out about this book is how READABLE it is. Told from the points of view of George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson and George the Third, Mr O'Reilly weaves the threads of so many disparate stories into one clear narrative. The timing of major events and the motivations of the salient characters were described and explained with patient thoroughness. Very nicely written! Highly recommend.
Collette Bakken
Sep 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent Read



It should be read in civics class if they still
exist, an interesting
honest look at our hard won United States
John Boyne
Jun 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: history
O'Reilly and Dugard do it again with another excellent addition to the Killing Series. The author's dramatic writing on this very important time period in our history will keep you engaged through the whole book. I thought the author's focus on Benedict Arnold was also interesting, adding to the drama of the betrayal even though in the end it didn't result in much in terms of the prosecution of the war. I highly recommend the book to Revolutionary War fans as its a pretty easy ready and good sum ...more
Clarissa
May 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was great. Loved the individual biographies interwoven with the big picture.
Annabelle Solt
The battle for America's independence. Interesting information about the American Revolution and the lives of George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Benedict Arnold and others. Very interesting.
Jenna
Sep 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Another captivating history book from the Killing series and my favorite to date. The dramatic writing style kept me intrigued at all times. The footnotes are always a nice touch to these books. This book gave me a new appreciation for the beginning of the US & a better understanding of the main players. Highly recommend.
Rob
Oct 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: military
If you haven’t tried one of O’Reilly’s “Killing” books, this one’s a good place to start. (Relax, these books are written by Martin Dugard, an outstanding researcher.) Lots of hidden gems about people, places and incidents involving the Revolutionary War that most of us never knew. It’s unfortunate that we often don’t understand or appreciate just how narrowly we won our independence from Britain. “Killing England: The Brutal Struggle for American Independence” is a nice refresher.
Merritt Phillips
I really don't like Bill O'Reilly so I almost didn't read this book. Glad I could convince myself that it must actually have been written by his co-author Martin Dugan. Anyway, I really like this book as like other reviews said, "It's a Cliff Notes version" of the Revolutionary war. Things that I learned or learned in more detail from this book:
1) The war was actually only won once the French committed their Navy and Army to ensure the battle of Yorktown was a win for the Americans. This broke
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Ed
Oct 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Armed with a BA in American History, I thought I knew everything there was to know about the American Revolution. I quickly realized how deficient my knowledge was after reading Bill O'Reilly's brilliant new book "Killing England". It focuses on the incredible courage and tenacity of the founding fathers herculean efforts to structure a new nation comprised of individual states while clearly understanding they would be unceremoniously hung for treason if the revolution failed.

The American Revol
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Diana Long
Jan 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I've read a number of books that have focused on the War for Independence or American Revolution and so I debated on reading this one. I'm glad that I did because it does not pertain to certain parts or certain people but as a complete work. The reader follows the reasons for breaking with England or in the beginning wanting to be recognized as not mere colonists but citizens of England with the same rights as subjects regardless of location. There are always two sides to every story and the bo ...more
Alex
Dec 18, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
They say history is written by the victors. This book reads as if it had been written by an 11 year old. The plot line jumps around sporadically with no continuous thread, the author frequently changes tense (often mid paragraph) and the book is littered with poorly backed up opinions presented as fact.

It’s a shame as I was looking forward to learning about this part of history and was willing to take on the American bias with a pinch of salt. Sadly the writing style is insufferably poor. I hat
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Jean
Feb 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: us-history
Basic history of the American revolution looking at it from both sides. Well written and easy to read. Includes some little known facts which I found interesting.
Helio
Jul 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Dann
Jul 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
Incredibly engaging, Killing England: The Brutal Struggle for American Independence is an immersive and vivid historical retrospective. Beginning with the French and Indian War, authors Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard follow the movement for American independence as the colonists begin revolting against the oppressive yoke of England, and eventually declare their independence and take up arms. They also cover events in England and France as King George III struggles to suppress the American rebe ...more
Robert Melnyk
Jan 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another very good book in the "Killing" series by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Duggard. I have read a lot about the American Revolution, so there were not any major facts that I learned from reading this book, but there were a lot of interesting details about events that occurred that I had not heard about before. Also, I just really enjoy O'Reilly's writing style, and I also find the subject matter very interesting, so all in all, I really enjoyed the book. If you are an American History fan, you w ...more
Vertrees
Jan 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’m used to the format of the ‘killing’ books- not really teaching what happens, but providing interesting character details and offering specific events. This one was pretty good (Lincoln has been my favorite). There were details that I thought were a little pointless- so I really need to know what hanging feels like? Do I really need to know what kind of lover Benjamin Franklin was? Overall a good read.
Valerie Basham
Nov 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you love history, you’ll enjoy this page-turner in the “Killing” series. It is most appropriate for high school age and up due to some graphic material and a few sensitive topics. Covered in this book are the famous Characters of Jefferson, Washington, Franklin and his illegitimate son, William; Benedict Arnold, Banastre Tarleton and his rivalry with Francis Marion, Alexander Hamilton, Lafayette, King George and more.

I have visited Williamsburg, Mt. Vernon, and Yorktown, so it was exciting t
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Rob
Nov 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Killing England is an easy read. It does a great job of telling stories and moving the reader through the Revolutionary War. While many of the stories are ones that we have read about many times, the book makes the retelling very interesting. I would strongly recommend the book if you love history and the Revolutionary War.
Tami
Sep 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Where was this book when I was learning about the Revolutionary War in high school?
So great, loved all the footnotes, hidden gems of information and just personal detail about the players involved. A wonderful insight into what life was like in the 1700's and the crucial decisions these men made. A huge sacrifice but I sure thank them for it.
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