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“This account of the little-known Baltimore-based plot to assassinate Lincoln… hurtles across a landscape of conspirators, heroes and politicos in hotel suites, ladies' parlors and railway depots…. We can be grateful that Old Abe survived the first attempt on his life. And now we have the chance to relish the story of the clever and determined characters who were dedicated to his safety.” ―New York Times Book Review
“The world's most famous private eye saves Abraham Lincoln's life--and perhaps the Union itself? Sounds like fiction, but in Daniel Stashower's riveting new book, it's all true. It's history that reads like a race-against-the-clock thriller.” ―Harlan Coben
“Reads like a first-class detective novel . . . Pinkerton's tireless energy prevented a tragedy that might have destroyed the republic.” ―James M. McPherson, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Battle Cry of Freedom
“A fast-paced page turner. Stashower deploys the skills of a gifted veteran mystery writer.” ―Michael Burlingame, author of Abraham Lincoln: A Life
Interesting read. Lincoln is sometimes criticized as having cowardly snuck into Washington for his first inauguration. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Dorothy Hobbs
It was not what I expected. More about Pinkerton then LincolnPublished 5 months ago by Agnes Foxall
My main goal in reading “The Hour of Peril” was to get a clear picture of how Lincoln responded to this crises (quotes and anecdotes) and I was not completely disappointed,... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Terry W. Sprouse
When I first became interested in the Civil War, I had always read about the Baltimore Plot of 1861 to assassinate Abraham Lincoln, but it was usually dealt with in a simple... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Matthew Bartlett
Good book with a very good synopsis of period after Lincoln was elected to just before the Lincoln inauguration with Pinkerton overtones.Published 7 months ago by C2CO
This was a well-written and engaging read about an episode in history that few people probably know about. I highly recommend it. Great gift for history lovers.Published 7 months ago by Lee Farrow
I liked the flow of Stashower's book as it read like a mystery novel. Although we knew that Lincoln would make it to Washington, we learn the how's, what's and whys keeping me... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Francis Bonnamy