THE MAN WHO KILLED LINCOLN by Philip Van Doren Stern

THE MAN WHO KILLED LINCOLN

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KIRKUS REVIEW

The publishers classify this as non-fiction. Actually, the story of John Wilkes Booth's crime is told in the form of a novel. Step by step, beginning with his initial plan for abducting Lincoln, his mad hatred of the man, his sudden shift to thoughts of murdering not only the President, but Seward, Johnson, Grant. The ramifications of the plot, with only his own part coming through to success, followed by his flight, the firing of the Garrett barn, the suicide and the story concocted by the soldiers. An interesting analysis of the processes of Booth's mind, the background and motivation, the details of the killing, and the rounding out of the story. Controversial material -- presumably the finished book will give sources and authorities.

Pub Date: Jan. 31st, 1938
Publisher: Random House