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"They Have Killed Papa Dead!": The Road to Ford's Theatre, Abraham Lincoln's Murder, and the Rage for Vengeance Paperback – November 17, 2009
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The author has succeeded in creating something new and interesting, while sticking towards a traditional narrative of the Lincoln Assassination, without wild claims of vast secret conspiracies that only he has had the wit and good fortune to uncover. What he has done instead was to thoroughly examine a vast amount of primary source material -- especially private letters, diaries, etc. -- to seek out those small, vivid details of the moment that do so much to bring the whole tragedy to life.
Even if you have read other Lincoln Assassination books, this new volume is worth your attention.
We have an excellent overview of the kidnapping plot and the change to murder by Booth. Each of the assassins, conspirators and helpers has a full portrait. The attack on Lincoln and Seward is detailed, as is the escape of each of the attackers. The pursuit, capture, interrogation and confessions of the participants are well reported. The indictment, military trial, imprisonment and execution are almost a book within the book. The author covers the questions raised by the military trial, the defense lawyers actions and press coverage in an evenhanded non-judgmental way giving us a full picture of the events.
All of this detail stays in a story that always is moving and never drags. Somehow, the author manages to work the details into the story without burdening it. These details form a personal interaction with the participants that most histories lack. The account of the assassination and the hours following are very well done. The author captures the uncertainly, fear and anguish Washington feels as the event unfolds. This is powerful writing, showing how different America was and how upsetting things were. Lincoln was the first President murdered which adds to the horror and fear. We tend to overlook this 145 years later but this is an important fact that the details impress on us.
While this is a different America, some things do not change. Throughout the book are little asides about the scramble for the reward.Read more ›
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This is a fantastic book for all Lincoln history buffs. It goes into unbelievable detail, into the events leading up to Lincoln's assassination and the capture of Booth. Read morePublished 2 months ago by RR
This book is full of excitement. Story has so much detail, it looks like that author has created his own story. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Afshan Saeed
arrived quickly, exactly as described, excellent condition, would buy again, 5 starPublished 16 months ago by Lexi1gma
Mr. Pitch presents an incredibly detailed account of the events that took place prior, during and after Lincoln's assassination. Read morePublished 17 months ago by MichaelMyers
Riveting. I enjoy reading about Abraham Lincoln. It is such a sad ocurance in American history.Published 17 months ago by Judith H. Staszesky
I've read hundreds of accounts of the events of Lincoln's murder. For me, there wasn't too much new here but, for the casual reader, this is a great overview of what transpired in... Read morePublished 20 months ago by S. O'Toole
I've read a few books about Lincoln and was surprised that there were some facts I never read about before. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Plano Texan