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Twenty Days, A Narrative in Text and Pictures of the Assassination of Abraham Lincoln Hardcover – January 31, 1993


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Castle Books (January 31, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1555219756
  • ISBN-13: 978-1555219758
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 1.2 x 12.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,066,069 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a very informative read.
Kevin M Quigg
Anyone who loves Civil War history should have a copy of this book...
Suzanne Stanley
Twenty Days is a book I saw in a Goodwill store about 3 months ago.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 18, 2002
This is the book that started my lifelong fascination with the Lincoln assassination story, at age 7! I couldn't read much then, but the many, many photographs are so evocative that they managed to convey the tragic, haunting story all on their own. This book was originally published in 1865 (the centennial of the assassination) and is probably the prototype for serious overviews of this topic. The authors were renowned Lincoln scholars and archivists, and their love and expertise for the subject is reflected not only in the moving collection of images but also in the intelligent, well written text. If you're at all interested in this topic, this is the best book out there!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 15, 1997
This book has hundreds of photographs related to Abraham
Lincoln's assassination and funeral train. Its written
description of events from April 14, 1865, to May 4, 1865,
is outstanding. This book is by far the best of its kind.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Kevin M Quigg VINE VOICE on October 31, 2006
This is a nice picture book of the last days of Abe Lincoln. It starts with his visiting the captured Confederate capital of Richmond, and then his murder in Ford's Theater. This book covers the snaring of the conspirators along with their military trial. Then it takes a look at the twelve cities where there were funerals in. Few people realize Lincoln's funeral was the precursor to Memorial Day. Unlike other picture books, this has a lot of information in it. This is a lengthy read at 300 + pages.

The authors spent a lot of time securing the rights to the many pictures that accompany this book. This is a very informative read. It also depicts the emotion of the time when Lincoln was murdered. Abe may not have been liked when he was alive, but he became a saint when he was dead.

A very informative pictorial read.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Juridicus on March 18, 2007
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I respectfully disagree with the other reviewers of this book that it was written in honor of the centennial of Lincoln's death, or at least it was not so advertised. I purchased this first edition book in 1968, three years following its publication, and, as a college student at the time, I never paid full price for a book. The demand for this relic must have been very limited because I only purchased books that ended up in the bargain book section of my local book store. It was immediately dated by me, fitted out with a dust jacket cover and included it in my library. The price printed on the dust jacket is $11.95 but I probably got it for about half price.

This book is one of the jewels of non-fiction American history. Its value lies in the expertise of the authors, the daughter and grandson of Mr. Frederick Hill Meserve, born in 1865, and an avid life-long collector of photographs relating to Lincoln and the era in which he lived. The exclusive collection of photographs in this book that add to the impressive detail of the narrative come from the collection of Mr. Meserve that includes approximately 200,000 period photos and, among them, about 10,000 produced by the legendary photographer of Lincoln, Matthew Brady.

The detailed narrative of each aspect of Lincoln's death was taken from the first hand accounts of the participants and observers in and of these events. It includes every detail known to history including the fact that Lincoln's coffin was made by an unknown mortuary assistant, undoubtedly of Irish descent, who decorated it with the Shamrocks and stars of the Irish national emblem. Also included are photographs of the clothes Lincoln was wearing when he was shot, the contents of his pockets, his boots and probably most of the relics of the assination.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By M. Packo on July 1, 2006
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This marvelous book is not only unique for being a centennial tribute, but as one of the most thoughtfully and lovingly prepared books about Lincoln ever made. It deserves to be reprinted on the fifth year of every decade.

Make no mistake: Twenty Days is not simply a profusely illustrated documentation of Old Abe's sorrowful funeral procession, but includes every sort of detail pertaining to the assassination, the hunt for Booth and his accomplices, their trial, and so much more - particularly Lincoln's background and career.

Superbly presented contemporaneous drawings, photographs and eyewitness accounts. Includes much that is surprising and heart-rending, even to those of us who believe we already know all that is important about "Father Abraham".

For those truly devoted to the study of this magnificent man's life, I promise this book will earn a special place in your heart and on your bookshelf. And even after it has been thoroughly read you will while away many hours browsing through its photographs, imagining what it was must have been like to have lived through those days - so like and unlike our own.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr Muckle on December 25, 2006
I first read this book when it came out back in the 1960's

It hooked me forever on the Lincoln Assassination

And it's still the best photo book on this tragic event!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Vera Kaikobad on April 5, 2013
As a collector of books on my favorite president, this has to be, by far, the most visually moving and engaging book on his last days I have ever read. The images are gripping and as any Lincoln historian will tell you, this book will pick you right up and plonk you down in that era, at that time, in the most amazing way. Lincoln's face is stunning in its projection of his natural pathos. I love all things Lincolnian and this book has an honored place on my shelf. Some books you can Kindle, some are simply too good not to hold in your hands and be transported to that tragic time. Its a big, heavy book. A treat for any person who holds Abraham Lincoln in the highest of esteem. I'll let Louisa May Alcott end my Amazon review:

'No breath of shame can touch his shield,
Nor ages dim its shine.
Living, he made life beautiful.
Dying, made death divine.'
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