The murder of Abraham Lincoln : a chronicle of 62 days in the life of the American Republic, March 4-May 4, 1865

by Geary, Rick.

Format: Print Book 2005
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Geary turns his attention to the most famous assassination of the Victorian era, that of President Lincoln. The details he reveals are fascinating. Booth worked with a group of disgruntled Southern sympathisers out to decapitate much of the US Executive branch, not just the President! Geary also details the flight of the culprits and the hot pursuit of federal agents.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Geary's Treasury of Victorian Murder series arrives at its period's most notorious American homicide and dispels fears that its version couldn't measure up to previous accounts of the crime. Covering the period March 4-July 7, 1865 (Lincoln's second inauguration to the execution of Booth's four condemned coconspirators), Geary limns, in his trademark style recalling nineteenth-century newspaper engravings, the many figures directly affected by the assassination, expanding upon the most important. The latter include, besides victim and killer, Mrs. Lincoln, Secretary of War Stanton, failed assassin (of Secretary of State Seward) Lewis Powell, and coconspirator David Herold (who fled with Booth). As in previous Treasury volumes, the killer is the predominant protagonist, and Geary's Booth is as frightening and pathetic as any all-prose chronicler has made him. The maps and cutaway floor plans (with characters in place) that Geary provides make perhaps the most powerful impact of any panels in an impressive rendering, for they facilitate imagining nineteenth-century interior space. Another honorable entry in a fascinating series. --Ray Olson Copyright 2005 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "This latest volume of Geary's series A Treasury of Victorian Murder is a must-read for those who are only familiar with cursory details of Lincoln's assassination. Geary's meticulous research and vivid illustrations create a fascinating narrative that covers the 62 days between March 4 and May 4, 1865, and provide a wealth of information on murderous thespian and Southern loyalist John Wilkes Booth and his co-conspirators, some of whom backed out of the assassination plot. Geary paints Booth as a man with an exorbitant need for attention and aggrandizement. History shows he achieved the attention he sought, but rather than being hailed as a hero to the South, Booth found himself regarded as an utter villain by those whose favor he hoped to garner. Geary also gives much attention to the bizarre elements of the case, such as Lincoln's ominous dreams of his own death, the strange actions of Secretary of War Edwin McMasters Stanton and the shockingly lax security around the president, all the more alarming when coupled with obvious hints beforehand that something foul was afoot in the capital. With his elegant pen-and-ink art and knack for sifting memorable and unusual details from history, Geary renders this familiar true story in riveting and thorough detail. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Series Geary, Rick. Treasury of Victorian murder.
#1 - Treasury of Victorian murder
#2 - Jack the Ripper
#3 - The Borden tragedy
#4 - The Fatal bullet
#5 - The Mystery of Mary Rogers
#6 - The Beast of Chicago
#7 - The Murder of Abraham Lincoln
#8 - The Case of Madeleine Smith
Subjects Lincoln, Abraham, -- 1809-1865 -- Assassination -- Pictorial works.
Booth, John Wilkes, -- 1838-1865 -- Pictorial works.
Lincoln, Abraham, -- 1809-1865 -- Assassination -- Caricatures and cartoons.
Booth, John Wilkes, -- 1838-1865 -- Caricatures and cartoons.
Publisher New York :NBM ComicsLit,2005
Language English
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm.
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references.
ISBN 1561634255 (alk. paper)
1561634263 (pbk. : alk. paper)
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