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Stealing Lincoln's Body Paperback – September 22, 2008
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Perhaps the most important fact that you will come across in "Stealing Lincoln's Body" is that in 1876 nearly half of the money in circulation was counterfeit. I found this to be absolutely incredible! This was a serious problem that was wreaking havoc with the nation's economy as we attempted to bounce back from the Civil War. One of the most accomplished counterfeiters of that era was a man named Benjamin Boyd who hailed from Cincinnati, OH which at that time was recognized as the counterfeit capitol of the nation. It was his arrest and incarceration in October, 1875 that would eventually lead to the plot to steal the body of President Lincoln.
"Stealing Lincoln's Body" reveals the intimate details of how the plot to steal the President's body and hold it for ransom was hatched. You will be introduced to Elmer Washburn, chief of the Secret Service and to detective Patrick Tyrrell who were both instrumental in foiling the plot to steal Lincoln's body.Read more ›
I recall from when I was young my reading a Life magazine article (1963) on the last man alive who saw Abraham Lincoln's face. It struck me then as highly interesting, and I am glad to have now read Mr. Craughwell's book--the tale remains odd, slightly macabre, but a significant one for those who enjoy American history.
(I rate as excellent the book's clean but evocative jacket as designed by Annamarie Why.)
The book starts by detailing the events immediately after Lincoln's shooting at Ford's Theatre, including the hours afterwards, the funeral preparations and the funeral itself.
After that point, the book delves into a very lengthy history of currency counterfeiting in the United States and the Irish element in the city of Chicago. Although interesting reading in itself, it took probably some 40-50 pages (nearly a quarter of the book) to go through all of this and was little aid in understanding the main concept of the book. In other words, all of this could have been left out and the author could still have made his points. Without going into farther details, the author had a habit of also going off into tangents explaining events that had nothing to do with the theme of the book.
In the end, I estimate that about a third of the book, give or take, is spent discussing topics that really are of little or no relevance to the attempts made to steal Lincoln's body, and the attempts made by the custodians of Lincoln's grave to protect the site from grave robbers and vandals.
Don't get me wrong, I didn't get bored reading "Stealing Lincoln's Body" - it was just a disjointed and unfocused book that that had sections that in all honesty could just be skipped. It's probably worth a read, but I would guess that there are better books on the subject.
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Surprising facts that few people know about how many times Lincoln's body was moved after his death and how close grave-robbers came to stealing his body after his burial. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Amazon Customer
excellent read , a little hard to follow at times but still a good read.Published 19 months ago by jimele
An intriguing and well-told account of an interesting and little-known bit of history. Though the main story's absorbing enough, I like a writer who's not afraid to go off-road and... Read morePublished 21 months ago by J. R. Sanders
Thoams Craughwell has done his homework around the assassination of our beloved President. Fascinating read with the moment by moment details at Lincoln's tomb. Read morePublished on June 9, 2014 by Tom Harvey
If you're a fan of Abraham Lincoln, and thought you knew his life and times well, this book will supply information that is rarely mentioned. Read morePublished on April 28, 2014 by SirGeorge
Read this book is two sittings, a day apart, and found it fascinating, captivating, and at times; unbelievable. That a gang of weirdos would even THINK of ransoming Mr. Read morePublished on March 30, 2014 by Ralph DeMattia
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