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The Lincoln Assassination: Crime and Punishment, Myth and Memory A Lincoln Forum Book (The North's Civil War) Hardcover – June 7, 2010
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The nine essays in The Lincoln Assassination--all of them excellent--explore, in the words of the introduction, 'the legal, cultural, political, and even emotional consequences of the assassination.'-Henry Cohen
Unlike other scholars who couch assassin John Wilkes Booth's motivations in the politics of the time (his romanticization of the South and anguish at its perceived oppression), Holzer locates Booth's disenchantment within the bosom of the idiosyncratic, theatrical Booth clan.-Georgette Gouveia
Can there possibly be anything new to add to the millions of words already written about Abraham Lincoln's assassination and its aftermath? The answer is a resounding yes, and much of it is contained in this slim but enormously informative and thought-provoking volume. Exploring topics such as the identity of those who kept vigil at the President's deathbed, the joy that some Americans felt when they learned what Booth had done, and the character of the judge who presided over the conspirators' trial, this collection of essays offers welcome - and yes, new - insight into a tragedy whose history-shaping impact remains undiminished after 145 years.-Richard Moe, President
"The volume serves as an introductory sampling of those unfamiliar with the work of these scholars." -The Journal of Southern History
"The appearance of these thoughtful essays is thus useful for no other reason than to separate myth from history." -H-CivWar
Top Customer Reviews
As with almost any collection of this sort, some authors are better than others in terms of writing style. But all here are noted experts, and from each of these one can learn bits, at least, of interesting new information or different ways of evaluating the well-trod historical record.
For those who would like to learn more about John Surratt (the one who got away), I recommend "The Last Lincoln Conspirator" by Andrew C.A. Jampoler (2008).