This is the third book penned by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard. The previous two, Killing Lincoln and Killing Kennedy, both purport to be a factual account of the assassinations of two of the United State’s best known leaders. In actuality, they are both riddle with numerous historical and linear errors, so much so that some museums refuse to carry them. I expect nothing less for this book, especially when the ‘A Note to Readers’ includes the warning,
Much has been written about Jesus, the son of a humble carpenter. But little is actually known about him… In the writing of this fact-based book, Martin Dugard and I do not aim to suggest that we know everything about Jesus. But we know much and will you things that you might not have heard.
It gets worse. They admit there is not much evidence about Jesus, there are gaps in the life of Jesus, and historians do not add to this, but make the problem worse. Yet, somehow, they promise to give us more information. And of course, they seemingly take the Gospels as eyewitness accounts, allowing “those friends” of Jesus who had previously “paid much heed” to the “Jewish mans struggling to survive” passed along the oral traditions that became the narrative of the Gospels.
They end this note with more hubris enshrined in a few short words than I’ve seen before. “But the incredible story behind the lethal struggle between good and evil has not been fully told. Until now.”