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The Trial: The Assassination of President Lincoln and the Trial of the Conspirators Hardcover – July 31, 2003
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"Steers has edited an important book in Pitman's trial documents, making it generally available to modern readers."―Civil War Book Review
"Qualifies as the single most important volume on the Lincoln assassination."―Joseph Edward Garrera
"Brings together a special edition of the trial transcript and ninety pages of commentaries by modern authorities on testimony deemed important to both the prosecution and the defense."―Journal of Illinois History
"An invaluable reference work and a book that anyone with a serious interest in the Lincoln conspiracy ought to own."―Journal of Southern History
"The Lincoln scholar, and even those with a less consuming interest in the murder of the Savior of the Union, will find this book fascinating."―Signal Flag
"Succeeds in gathering under one cover the essential and unvarnished details of that tragic and twisted affair, including the shadowy presence of the Confederate Secret Service."―The Washington Times
"Now readers have easy access to a vital original source document."―William Hanchett
"Edward Steers Jr., an accomplished historian who has written informative books on Lincoln's assassination, offers a fairly light hearted- but fully documented- look at some of the legends and myths that have bedeviled our understanding of the 16th president and his times."―Bowling Green Daily News
"Steers is meticulous but never boring, and readers will be fascinated by the variety of tales told about Lincoln's life and death."―Indiana Magazine of History
""Under the guidance of the experts―Steers's line-up is truly expert―readers will be able to distinguish between fact and fancy and come away with a far better understanding of Lincoln's assassination. Everyone with a general or scholarly interest in the assassination and the war will want to have this book."―William Hanchett, author of The Lincoln Murder Conspiracies"―
""Brings significant value to the field of Lincoln studies. Edward Steers is the nation's leading authority on the Lincoln assassination. His activities as a lecturer and a scholar have developed an impressive network in the Lincoln historical community."―Joseph Edward Garrera, President, Lincoln Group of New York"―
"Beginning with essays by Steers and other Lincoln scholars about Booth and the eight people arrested as part of the conspiracy, most of the book consists of testimony and legal arguments from the trial transcript. Far from a slipshod investigation, the case looks pretty strong against those accused, with witness testifying to their various meetings before the assassination. Fascinating stuff for history buffs. ― The Hancock News"―Hancock News
"Reading about something is one thing, but reading the actual testimony - for instance, a witness's play-by-play of John Wilkes Booth's final moments - made the event real in a way I'd never experienced before. I had no idea that Ulysses S. Grant and General Hamilton (Alexander Hamilton's grandson) were among those who testified, or that so much energy was invested in tying the conspirators to ongoing intrigues wiht the Confederate Secret Service. In addition, the actual protocols and arguments are fascinating, taking you through the nuts and bolts of trying a case of such magnitude. The Trial is an invaluable resource and a world-altering reading experience. ― San Francisco Book Review"―Glen Dallas, San Francisco Book Review
""The Trial's major strength is that it has been assembled by Edward Steers Jr., unquestionably the world-class expert on Abraham Lincoln's assassination. He has enlisted first-class assistance from other experts, each of whom provides lucid and thoughtful input.""―Civil War News
"A first rate book that gives all of the details about Lincoln's assassination and the conspirators' trial."―The Lone Star Book Review
"The Trial is an invaluable resource and a world-altering reading experience."―San Francisco Book Review
About the Author
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
Unlike the other books I have read on the subject; this one has very little plot, in fact the book spends more time talking about the trial rather than the events leading to the assassination. Rather the author has put together the actual court transcripts of the testimony against each of the conspirators.
After reading the text, which took about 5 hours, I learned more about those involved and even found out a few new things along the way. I found the discussion about Dr. Mudd so intriguing I spent several hours on the internet reading about him.
I found the book well documented and researched. The author has certainly seemed to leave no stone unturned. Overall this book is the best overall presentation into the murder and conspiracy I have read so far.
If you are looking for serious information about the Lincoln Assassination or just wondering what happened than this book is the place to start looking.
I would recommend accompanying this book with Carmen Cumming's Devil's Game: The Civil War Intrigues of Charles A. Dunham, which helps the reader understand the confusing testimony of Sanford Conover, the alias of Charles Dunham.
That book, published in facsimile, is what makes up this book, which is preceded by chapters written by an all-star line-up of assassination experts on the trial, the conspiracy and the defendants. For those who never read the testimony, this book is informative; for those in the know, there is quite a bit of new, insightful information here.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is an excellent addition to the Lincoln Assassination memorabilia I have collected through the years. Informative and a great account of the trial from actual transcripts. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Mercedes P. Brown