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Fox News host Bill O'Reilly to write book on Abe Lincoln

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Bill O'Reilly, the Fox News host, plans to write a history book called "Killing Lincoln," due to come out in the fall of 2011.

According to a statement issued by publishers Henry Holt and Co., O'Reilly's book will take readers "into Ford's Theater and into the mind of Lincoln's assassin, John Wilkes Booth, and on the manhunt to find and bring to justice the killer of one our greatest Presidents."

In a recent interview, O"Reilly said the idea for the book came after he learned about a 19th century detective, Lafayette Baker, who led the investigation into Lincoln's murder and helped put Booth in prison.

"The more I heard, the more exciting and more interesting it became. And I said, 'Look, I can do a good book on this,'" said O'Reilly, who added that "Killing Lincoln" will also provide lessons "for today, for contemporary America."

He declined to be more specific, saying only, "I want to keep that as a surprise."

O'Reilly has written several books, including "Culture Warrior" and "A Bold Fresh Piece of Humanity."

O'Reilly's book on President Lincoln will be co-written by Martin Dugard, who previously wrote "The Training Ground," an account of the Mexican War.
 

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