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Janet MaslinIn revisiting this atmosphere, Mr. Kauffman brings a weird whiff of method acting to the biographer's role. "It was an interactive affair and required personal involvement," says the writer, who participated in the burial of one last assassination artifact (a conspirator's skull, accidentally found in the Smithsonian) and has been giving guided bus tours of Booth's escape route for nearly 20 years. Whether or not it was essential for him to have followed Booth's path so closely ("I've even burned down a tobacco barn like the one in which Booth was trapped"), his attachment to this material is palpable. And it yields a riveting, newly immediate view of a nation in turmoil.
— The New York Times