This beautifully produced, groundbreaking volume of over 300 documents, portraits, memorabilia and arcana relating to Lincoln's assassination manages to transcend its immediate historical importance to become something artistically unique. Swanson and Weinberg, both Lincoln collectors and scholars, have assembled a remarkable collection of images relating to the assassination and the fate of its perpetrators (whose guilt some historians question today), including many that have not been easily available before. Some of the more common images include memorial posters of the assassination, wanted posters, newspaper reports and reproductions of plates from books about the event. They also reproduce letters from a young John Wilkes Booth as well as hand-written death warrants issued by the Union army. But the centerpiece of the volume is the collection of photographs taken by Alexander Gardner of six of the indicted conspirators as they awaited trial. These photographs formally posed, beautifully shot and eerily evocative are reminiscent of the work of artists such as Diane Arbus and Robert Mapplethorpe. Equally moving and disturbing are Gardner's photographs of the executions by hanging of several of the conspirators photos in which one can see the reality of death. Swanson and Weinberg contribute enough text to place all of these artifacts in historical context and provide an intelligent, informative primer on the topic. (Nov.)Forecast: While the idea of a coffee-table or art book on such a topic might seem grisly, this volume achieves high marks in both categories and will be read and examined by both academics and Civil War enthusiasts.
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“[A] fascinating book.” (New York Times Book Review)
“Even the most serious Civil War devotee can expect to find something new here.” (Chicago Tribune)
Lots of great photos, especially of the hanging! I can't read enough about the trial and executions. Read morePublished 10 days ago by James B. Scarborough
Gruesome detail. A close look at the assassins. A riveting book. Fits my Civil War collection well.Published 19 days ago by W. B. Holloway
I first read Swanson's book "Manhunt" about the shooting and chase to capture the conspirators.
So this book was about the trial and execution. Read more
Great pictorial historical overview of Lincoln conspirators' fates. Fast, fast ship. Would use seller again. Very pleased. Thanks!Published 3 months ago by aleykhat
swason did a great Job with this follow up of man Hunt its actually better i was introduced to james swanson by civil war Historian Hugh Boyle frm Philadelphia pa i had a... Read morePublished 4 months ago by duke
Definitely worth reading especially for anyone interested in our nation's history and particularly the story behind the conspirators who committed the tragic murder of our greatest... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Lawrence R Fraley
Excellent history and illustrated history on what was the greatest crime in American history. I enjoy reading about it, and the illustrated history that shows what it was like in... Read morePublished 6 months ago by jeannie