- Hardcover: 312 pages
- Publisher: Castle Books; Not Indicated edition (January 31, 1993)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1555219756
- ISBN-13: 978-1555219758
- Product Dimensions: 12.3 x 9.4 x 1.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #366,912 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Twenty Days, A Narrative in Text and Pictures of the Assassination of Abraham Lincoln Hardcover – January 31, 1993
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This book is one of the jewels of non-fiction American history. Its value lies in the expertise of the authors, the daughter and grandson of Mr. Frederick Hill Meserve, born in 1865, and an avid life-long collector of photographs relating to Lincoln and the era in which he lived. The exclusive collection of photographs in this book that add to the impressive detail of the narrative come from the collection of Mr. Meserve that includes approximately 200,000 period photos and, among them, about 10,000 produced by the legendary photographer of Lincoln, Matthew Brady.
The detailed narrative of each aspect of Lincoln's death was taken from the first hand accounts of the participants and observers in and of these events. It includes every detail known to history including the fact that Lincoln's coffin was made by an unknown mortuary assistant, undoubtedly of Irish descent, who decorated it with the Shamrocks and stars of the Irish national emblem. Also included are photographs of the clothes Lincoln was wearing when he was shot, the contents of his pockets, his boots and probably most of the relics of the assination.Read more ›
Lincoln's assassination and funeral train. Its written
description of events from April 14, 1865, to May 4, 1865,
is outstanding. This book is by far the best of its kind.
'No breath of shame can touch his shield,
Nor ages dim its shine.
Living, he made life beautiful.
Dying, made death divine.'
Make no mistake: Twenty Days is not simply a profusely illustrated documentation of Old Abe's sorrowful funeral procession, but includes every sort of detail pertaining to the assassination, the hunt for Booth and his accomplices, their trial, and so much more - particularly Lincoln's background and career.
Superbly presented contemporaneous drawings, photographs and eyewitness accounts. Includes much that is surprising and heart-rending, even to those of us who believe we already know all that is important about "Father Abraham".
For those truly devoted to the study of this magnificent American's life, I promise this book will earn a special place in your heart and on your bookshelf. And even after it has been thoroughly read you will while away many hours browsing through its photographs, imagining what it must have been like to have lived during those days - so similar to yet unlike our own.
The authors spent a lot of time securing the rights to the many pictures that accompany this book. This is a very informative read. It also depicts the emotion of the time when Lincoln was murdered. Abe may not have been liked when he was alive, but he became a saint when he was dead.
A very informative pictorial read.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Just finished reading this book and highly recommend it. Photo's never before seen. Over 300 photo's.Published 3 months ago by A. D.
An amazing book. Frederick Meserve would have been proud of his daughter and his photos will live on. A great read.Published 4 months ago by Peg Kinsman
A wonderful book full of amazing information on the trip President Lincoln's body took (by train) to his burial in Illinois. Wow! Read morePublished 14 months ago by jakedaisy
Read this in the library over a series of long visits. Why is this wonderful volume out of print?Published 15 months ago by Jeff
Excellent condition... just as the seller said it would be. Wonderful book... thank youPublished 18 months ago by Rhonda Lee