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The Lincoln Murder Conspiracies Paperback – September 1, 1989
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"An unalloyed delight." -- Cleveland Plain Dealer. "Hanchett [spoils] a lot of fun for the crackpots, the paranoids, and the not-so-artful deceivers who have inhabited the Lincoln assassination field." -- History Book Club Review. "Sketches the fevered, anti-Lincoln atmosphere in which Booth acted, and offers the most plausible account we are ever likely to have of his real motivation." -- American Heritage
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Hanchett 'cleans house', in a way, by chronicling the popular, controversial, and outlandish theories and conspiracies that had dominated the prior 100 years and change. Particular emphasis was paid to the likes of Otto Eisenschiml and his 'Stanton' conspiracy theory, the theories about Jefferson and the Canadian Confederate agents directing Booth, some strange theories involving Lincoln himself (including one bizarre tale of Lincoln purportedly telling a former Supreme Court Justice, who was a Confederate, that he wanted him to come back to help legally defeat the 14th amendment), and the 'Catholic connection' conspiracy theory, among others. One of the strengths of this book is the way he tackles these theories, details the people on who started them, the milieu in which they were born, and then the ways in which they are found wanting. He does not tell the full story of either the assassination or the escape and capture (a point he makes clear at the outset), thus this is a poor book with which to begin learning about the events of April 1865, but it is invaluable if one wants to look back and deepen one's understanding of the progression of thought and the whys and hows of some of the more pervasive myths.
Succinct, clear, and well-researched, Hanchett has written a book that any Lincoln/Booth aficionado should read at some point.
It can be a bit dry reading at times but the true Lincoln follower will have no trouble getting through. The amount of information can be a little intimidating but if one uses 'The Lincoln Assassination Encyclopedia' alongside this book most questions arising in the reader's mind will be answered.
A great deal of myth surrounds the murder of Abraham Lincoln. Partly this is due to John Wilkes Booth dying before he had his day in court. This book examines those myths, explores their sources and allows the reader to determine for himself what level of validity ought to be attached to them.
As such it is a worthwhile part of the vast library of Lincoln literature. I recommend it for a place in the library of any collector of Lincoln books.