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The President Is Shot: The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2007

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    Harold Holzer does an excellent job at describing in great detail the events and people that led up to the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. Most people know the basic story of Lincoln's assassination, but do they really know why it happened? Booth was a well known actor which gave him access to the box Lincoln was sitting in when he was shot. Lincoln had also dismissed his body guard for the night, so he could go home and be with his family. The murder of Lincoln started out as a kidnapping. The South wanted to kidnap Lincoln until they got back their soldiers that were taken in the war. The plan was to let Lincoln go after their soldiers were returned. Booth took it out of proportion after his accomplices decided against the plan, so Booth wanted to kill Lincoln. He thought he would be a hero to the South. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who likes history. It was a very easy read and helped me learn a lot about President Lincoln.

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