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The Plot to Kill John Wilkes Booth Paperback – October 12, 2012
"Warlight" by Michael Ondaatje
A dramatic coming-of-age story set in the decade after World War II, "Warlight" is the mesmerizing new novel from the best-selling author of "The English Patient." Pre-order today
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I observed some common themes with the assassination of President Lincoln and that of President Kennedy one hundred years later, namely: quickly find a person (or small group) to blame, complete government control of information, rapidly changing stories and accounts in the early days, the need to eliminate the patsies (Booth here, and Oswald years later), the strange deaths of many of the players involved, and the need to submit an official story quickly to satisfy the public so everyone can move on. You can decide for yourself what this may or may not mean.
The author writes in a style that is disarmingly light and easy, with notes of humor interspersed throughout. The book was a pleasure to read.