Stealing Lincoln's Body
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This feature-length special from History explores the peculiar confluence of historical trends and cultural movements that prompted the crime: the birth of counterfeiting, the growth of embalming, and the influence of secret societies in American life, among others. But above all, the story shows how important this beloved President remained to a public so unprepared for his violent death in 1865.
Startling and informative, this is one of those tales you have to see to believe.
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Something not much remarked on by other reviewers here (at least that I could find) is how funny many parts of this documentary are. I think Lincoln himself would have laughed out loud at the humor. The humor is aptly placed - it centers largely on the mind-bogglingly inept criminals at the heart of this story. Example: one of the criminals specialized in counterfeiting...nickles? Think Keystone Cops, and you'll have an idea.
Of course, book and documentary alike are tender and touching when it comes to Lincoln and the people who loved him. The narrative is respectful of the history, and as noted by others here, the technology used to bring the story to life is interesting (but never overwhelms its purpose).
This is one of our favorite documentaries on television, and every time it comes on, whatever the hour, we stop to watch it again...we're watching it right now, in fact, while I write this review.
For anyone who thinks history is boring, this is the documentary that could change their mind. We viewers are lucky that such care, attention, and intelligence was devoted to putting this film together.
Book and documentary alike are HIGHLY recommended! They complement each other perfectly - and the author is not only an excellent writer, he also one of the many delightful, deft and knowledgeable historians who appear in the documentary!
Any fan of Lincoln would love this documentary because of the topic. This documentary isn't so much about Lincoln's life retold yet again, but rather about his death and (afterlife) shown from a new perspective. Who would think to imagine what it must have been like to transport his decaying body via railroad through the Midwest, as it slowly starts smelling the boxcar? Or the process of embalming his body, a new science at the time? This documentary is the last possible documentary one could have made without being redundant.
I plopped this DVD in "just to check it out" and was glued to the screen from the start. The graphics in this documentary, especially seeing Lincoln so life-like was like watching him get killed up-close all over again. The assassination scene is quite gruesome as his body slumps to the lower left and toward Mary. This is an eerie yet fascinating simulation of what Lincoln was like in his final days on earth, and the near absurd plot to steal his body. I am still amazed anyone would think of robbing a grave for someone's bones.
I want to reassure the hearing impaired that this is closed captioned. Although there is not a section in the main menu for closed captions, rest assured that as long as your TV has the ability to view films with closed captions, it will work for you.
Snap up a copy of this award winning documentary as fast as you can. You will not be disappointed.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
saw this on History. Wow. Had to see it again. The things the last president went through was horrible.Published 8 months ago by Ritas Mom
This history buff had no clue about this plot to steal Lincoln's body. Excellent! I just wish it was streaming right now.Published 13 months ago by Becky Baker-Hall
This is a fascinating story about Lincoln and what happened after his death and burial. It would make a good movie.Published 13 months ago by Brenda Horton
So many other reviewers have done a good job of describing in detail what this product is that I just want to give a few thoughts... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Joker
One of the most fascinating, high-quality documentaries of the history of Lincoln's body as it moved toward its final resting place. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Dennis Constant
I enjoyed watching this documentary. I was shocked to know that anyone would have tried to steal President Lincoln's body. Read morePublished 23 months ago by S. Hickman
This was a very good documentary. It has photographs, explanations and re-enactments to tell the history.Published 24 months ago by DParker