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Review: Killing Lincoln by Bill O'Reilly
BLOOD ON THE MOON: The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln
These five represent what I believe to be the best currently available. This man even once burned down a tobacco barn to see how long it would have taken for the type that John Wilkes Booth was cornered in to be destroyed. Blood on the Moon by Edward J. Steers Jr. Samuel Mudd just an innocent country doctor who was simply following his Hippocratic oath when a stranger knocked on his door after suffering a broken leg? Or did he know the man who came to his house after shooting the 16th president?
A lot of the output is revisionist rubbish, attempts to impose present civil liberties sensitivities on what can only be called the 19th-century equivalent of the Sept. But was it over when apparently a last convulsion of the Confederacy threatened to turn victory into tragic defeat? Interestingly, two local authors seem to lead the most recent assassination book charge. Both have produced readable works. Of the two, Mr. One such central truth is that the guilty were caught and punished and, all in all, their treatment at the hands of a vengeful nation and a terrified government was the best they had a right to expect.
Five books on Lincoln’s assassination you should have
Old Abe Lincoln has been assassinated! This well-argued, often exciting account of an organized Confederate plot behind John Wilkes Booth's murder of the president both finely synthesizes traditional Lincoln assassination scholarship and proposes new proof and twists on already acknowledged possibilities. Steers, an avocational historian who has written several other books on Lincoln and the assassination, has a sharp ear for historical discordance and a novelist's eye for illuminating detail. Carefully filling in background from Booth's relationship to theater and politics to the fascinating, complicated trial of co-conspirator Mary Surratt for the nonspecialized reader, Steers gracefully disentangles a clutter of characters, historical details and hypotheses to prove his own conspiracy theory. Much of this material will be new to the common reader—a Confederate plot to use yellow fever as a form of biological warfare against the North; the flight to the Vatican of Mary Surratt's son in an effort to escape prosecution after the assassination—but Steers never loses his firm grip on his exciting primary narrative. Although he inclines toward purple prose in his more dramatic moments "The deed was done.
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