What Happened? Book Discussion

Are you interested in history, the big events or the people who have made history, whether famous or not well-known? Then the Concord Library has a new book discussion group for you: What Happened? Historical Book Discussion. Each month, the group will read a work of history, biography, or historical fiction and will discuss what happened and why it matters. For more information, contact John Eury @ 704-920-2054 or jseury@cabarruscounty.us.

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Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy
3/9Liar, Temptress, Soldier, SpyKaren Abbot

​Widow, Temptress, Soldier, Spy by Karen Abbott has descriptive copy which is not yet available from the Publisher.

Killing Lincoln
4/6Killing LincolnBill O'Reilly

​A riveting historical narrative of the heart-stopping events surrounding the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, and the first work of history from mega-bestselling author Bill O'Reilly

The anchor of The O'Reilly Factor recounts one of the most dramatic stories in American history—how one gunshot changed the country forever. In the spring of 1865, the bloody saga of America's Civil War finally comes to an end after a series of increasingly harrowing battles. President Abraham Lincoln's generous terms for Robert E. Lee's surrender are devised to fulfill Lincoln's dream of healing a divided nation, with the former Confederates allowed to reintegrate into American society. But one man and his band of murderous accomplices, perhaps reaching into the highest ranks of the U.S. government, are not appeased.

In the midst of the patriotic celebrations in Washington D.C., John Wilkes Booth—charismatic ladies' man and impenitent racist—murders Abraham Lincoln at Ford's Theatre. A furious manhunt ensues and Booth immediately becomes the country's most wanted fugitive. Lafayette C. Baker, a smart but shifty New York detective and former Union spy, unravels the string of clues leading to Booth, while federal forces track his accomplices. The thrilling chase ends in a fiery shootout and a series of court-ordered executions—including that of the first woman ever executed by the U.S. government, Mary Surratt. Featuring some of history's most remarkable figures, vivid detail, and page-turning action, Killing Lincoln is history that reads like a thriller.


Henry VIII
5/4Henry VIIIWilliam Shakespeare

​King Henry VIII schemes to divorce his wife Katherine of Aragon in order to marry the beautiful Anne Boleyn, even as political intrigues disrupt the court. Includes explanatory notes, scene-by-scene plot summaries, a key to famous lines and phrases, scholarly essay, and illustrations.