Blood on the moon : the assassination of Abraham Lincoln

by Steers, Edward, Jr., 1937-

Format: Print Book 2001
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Andrew Carnegie Free Library Civil War 973.7 STEERS
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Brentwood Library Nonfiction 973.7092 Steers
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CLP - Main Library Mezzanine - Non-fiction E457.5.S788 2001
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CLP - Main Library Mezzanine - Non-fiction E457.5.S788 2001
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North Versailles Public Library Non-Fiction 973.7 STEE
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The assassination of Abraham Lincoln is one of the most familiar stories in American history, usually told as a tale of a lone deranged actor who struck from a twisted lust for revenge. Edward Steers reveals that this is not only too simple an explanation: it is completely wrong.
Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: ""Hurrah! Old Abe Lincoln has been assassinated!" wrote a South Carolina girl in her diary in 1865, giving palpable voice to the intense anti-Lincoln sentiments of the slaveholders and the South in general. This well-argued, often exciting account of an organized Confederate plot behind John Wilkes Booth's murder of the president both finely synthesizes traditional Lincoln assassination scholarship and proposes new proof and twists on already acknowledged possibilities. Steers, an avocational historian who has written several other books on Lincoln and the assassination, has a sharp ear for historical discordance and a novelist's eye for illuminating detail. Carefully filling in background (from Booth's relationship to theater and politics to the fascinating, complicated trial of co-conspirator Mary Surratt) for the nonspecialized reader, Steers gracefully disentangles a clutter of characters, historical details and hypotheses to prove his own conspiracy theory. Much of this material will be new to the common reader a Confederate plot to use yellow fever as a form of biological warfare against the North; the flight to the Vatican of Mary Surratt's son in an effort to escape prosecution after the assassination but Steers never loses his firm grip on his exciting primary narrative. Although he inclines toward purple prose in his more dramatic moments ("The deed was done. The tyrant was killed. Abraham Lincoln could burn in hell. Sic semper tyrannis!"), his theory is forthrightly and convincingly presented. Less a book for professional historians than U.S. history buffs and Lincoln diehards, this engaging expos? makes for provocative reading. 50 b&w illus. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Lincoln, Abraham, -- 1809-1865 -- Assassination.
Booth, John Wilkes, -- 1838-1865.
Publisher Lexington :University Press of Kentucky,2001
Language English
Description xv, 360 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages [335]-342) and index.
ISBN 0813122171 (cloth : alk. paper)
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