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Pretty good, though not what I expected
on September 9, 2014
Overall, I did enjoy this book. The historical research is very impressive, especially the day to day accounts of the events. Also, I really enjoyed how the authors did mention some possibilities of conspiracy because we all know that the theories are out there and it's nice to see where they could possibly originate from. However, I did not see what the point was in spending basically the whole first third of the book detailing battles at the end of the war. I see that they were trying to set it up for showing us how a nation was torn apart and Lincoln was under such stress and so on, but it went on a little too long for my tastes. On the other hand, I also felt that from Lincoln's shooting to the end of the book was a little rushed, maybe due to the first half at least, being pretty slow in my opinion. Overall, I would recommend it to someone interested in history, though probably not to a generic reader. I think a lot of this books claim to fame is it's author and publicity. I enjoyed this book on the whole, but was honestly just expecting a little more page-turning excitement.