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The public fascination with Abraham Lincoln is unending, and his tragic murder at the time of his greatest triumph is one of the great historical ironies. In this encyclopedia, Steers, author of several other works on Lincoln, brings together “all the characters, places, events, and miscellaneous facts” related to the Lincoln assassination. The introduction provides a concise overview of the events leading to the assassination and ends with the execution of four of the conspirators. An “Assassination Chronology,” beginning in 1860 and ending July 25, 1865, provides a time line of events. The entries are arranged in alphabetical order and range in length from a paragraph (for example, Corey, John) to more than eight pages (Booth escape route). Numerous black-and-white photographs, maps, cartoons, and portraits illustrate the articles. All the major and minor players are included, from Booth’s family members to “Peanut John” Burroughs, who held Booth’s horse when he went into the theater. Steers also addresses all of the conspiracy theories, such as the claim that John Wilkes Booth escaped and lived under the alias David E. George. He also debunks the theory that Secretary of War Edwin Stanton was behind the assassination and presents evidence pointing to Dr. Samuel Mudd’s connection with Booth. Each entry ends with the source of information and in many cases see references to related entries. This in-depth encyclopedia will be a valuable addition to all library collections where information on Lincoln and the Civil War is in demand. It is an appropriate purchase for public and college libraries. --Abbie Landry

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The definitive A to Z reference on the assassination of Abraham Lincoln

The first book of its kind, The Lincoln Assassination Encyclopedia is a truly indispensable guide to one of the most dramatic and fascinating events in our nation's history: the murder of the sixteenth president of the United States. Written by Edward Steers, Jr., acclaimed author of Blood on the Moon and one of the world's leading authorities on the subject, here is an exhaustive, highly readable resource that includes:

  • All the known persons, places, events, and conspiracies connected to the tragedy
  • More than 150 period photographs and maps, many never before published
  • The truth behind the hoaxes, myths, and legends surrounding the assassination
  • A comprehensive narrative and timeline of events . . . and more

With a foreword by James L. Swanson, bestselling author of Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln's Killer, The Lincoln Assassination Encyclopedia is the perfect addition to every Lincoln library.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 640 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial; 1 edition (May 11, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061787752
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061787751
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #812,905 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Edward Steers, Jr. (University of Pennsylvania, AB, PhD), is considered the leading authority on the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. Ed has authored seven books on Lincoln's death including "Blood on the Moon," "The Trial," "The Lincoln Assassination Conspirators," and "The Lincoln Assassination Encyclopedia." He served as an advisor to the Lincoln Bicentennial Commission, and as a member of the West Virginia Lincoln Bicentennial Commission. Among the honors he has received are the "Person of the Year" award from the Lincoln Group of the District of Columbia, the Lincoln Group of New York's "Achievement Award," and the "Lifetime Award of Achievement for Enduring Scholarship in the Field of Lincoln Research" by the Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum. More recently Ed has tried his hand at fiction and published "We'LL Meet Again," a World War II novel, and "Der Tagebuch. The Journal," a story set in a small West Virginia town in the 1980s involving the escape of Adolph Hitler and murder.

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I suppose that by general consensus Edward Steers, Jr., is the pre-eminent expert today on the Lincoln Assassination. And I think it safe to say that there is no-one better qualified than Steers to produce such a book as "The Lincoln Assassination Encyclopedia". If there is a single person, place, or event associated with the Lincoln Assassination that Steers has omitted from his Encyclopedia, I don't who or what that might be. The most obscure witnesses and minor participants are discussed in surprising detail, with each entry far more than a bare-bones description. Numerous photographs and maps illustrate the book's pages. If you ever come across some vague reference to a person or event in another, more conventional Lincoln Assassination book, then Steers' Encyclopedia would be the first and best place to go for clarification and more information.

The Lincoln Assassination Encyclopedia perhaps would not be an appropriate place to begin learning about the Assassination (rather, a book such as Steers' own "Blood on the Moon" would be better geared towards presenting an initial coherent, chronological picture of events), but the Encyclopedia is definitely a necessary addition to the bookshelf of anyone who considers himself/herself a student of the tragedy.
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The author of "Blood on the Moom" has put together an incredibly well written and exhaustive detail on everyone and thing connected to the Booth conspiracy. Obviously written in encylopedic style listing people, places and things alphabetically, each as a definitive mini biography. 'Blood on the Moon; is a great book but this encyclopedia is an excellent companion piece to your Lioncoln/Booth library as it allows you to reserach each individual in more detail and the information does include everything from General Hancock, who was in charge of the prison and execution of the Lincoln conspirators, to the relative obscure such as the Green Mountain Cemetery where the Booth family had a plot. Anyone that a conspirator came in contact with or had something to do with, including those looking for him, is in this great book. What I found most interesting are the biographies of the various Confederate agents that helped Booth along the way that includes pictures of their homes, many still existing like the Huckleberry home of Confederate agent Thomas Jones who provided Booth and Herold the means to escape across the Potomac. Also, a wealth of photopgraphs, some of which I have never seen before such as the photograph of Confederate Willie Jett who befriended Booth and Herold and introduced them to the Garrett family where they both stayed until eventually caught. In addition, the book includes great maps particularly the escape route that took Booth and Herold many miles from Ford's Theater. The book is so well written that each subject is a delight to read in their compact yet informative style. A book I highly recommend.
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Time after time Steers has shown that he probably knows more than anyone living concerning the assassination of President Lincoln. If your interested in the assassination, and need to quickly find someone involved this is a great book. It is also very good to read all by itself. However, I suggest reading Blood On the Moon or Manhunt (in my opinion both are very good books).
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"The Lincoln Assassination Encyclopedia" is a must-have for anyone with a serious interest in one of the most fascinating episodes in U.S. history. Edward Steers, who has written and edited several excellent books on Lincoln's assassination, here draws on his impressive knowledge and familiarity with the sources to give us easy access to the facts surrounding the people, places, and organizations connected with the conspiracy, murder, investigation, trial, and aftermath.

The book includes an introductory chapter summarizing the chain of events, followed by a useful chronology. The entries themselves are well written and highly informative. Importantly, each entry concludes with a source note; many also have cross-references to related entries. Detailed graphics show Booth's probable route in and around the theater on the night of the assassination and the path he and Herold took until they were captured. I particularly appreciate the wealth of photos that Dr. Steers has unearthed, including numerous portraits of the otherwise ordinary people who played a role in this tragedy.

Highly recommended!
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I've purchased most of the leading books about the Lincoln assassination in the past forty three years, devoted many hours to examining the large collection on this subject at the San Francisco Main Library (and even had the honor of visiting Ford's Theatre in Washington DC) and this book is the most precious found so far; so I'll be ordering another one of Mr. Steers' Lincoln books, 'Blood On the Moon.'

I love the remarkable number of little photos in this one, the type, the way the author guides us through all the controversies, and the clarity of his writing. The only thing better would be an opportunity to sit in front of a crackling fireplace in Surrattsville with this man on some dark and rainy night, chatting on timelessly about the story and occasionally sipping a glass of wiskey.
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