Blood on the Moon: The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln

Blood on the Moon: The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln

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by Edward Steers Jr.
     
 

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Winner of the 2001 The Lincoln Group of New York's Award of Achievement A History Book Club Selection The assassination of Abraham Lincoln is usually told as a tale of a lone deranged actor who struck from a twisted lust for revenge. This is not only too simple an explanation; Blood on the Moon reveals that it is completely wrong. John Wilkes Booth was neither mad

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Winner of the 2001 The Lincoln Group of New York's Award of Achievement A History Book Club Selection The assassination of Abraham Lincoln is usually told as a tale of a lone deranged actor who struck from a twisted lust for revenge. This is not only too simple an explanation; Blood on the Moon reveals that it is completely wrong. John Wilkes Booth was neither mad nor alone in his act of murder. He received the help of many, not the least of whom was Dr. Samuel Alexander Mudd, the Charles County physician who has been portrayed as the innocent victim of a vengeful government. Booth was also aided by the Confederate leadership in Richmond. As he made his plans to strike at Lincoln, Booth was in contact with key members of the Confederate underground, and after the assassination these same forces used all of their resources to attempt his escape. Noted Lincoln authority Edward Steers Jr. introduces the cast of characters in this ill-fated drama, he explores why they were so willing to help pull the trigger, and corrects the many misconceptions surrounding this defining moment that changed American history. After completing an acclaimed career as a research scientist at the National Institutes of Health, Edward Steers Jr. has turned his research skills to the Lincoln assassination. He is the author of several books about the president, including The Trial. He lives in Berkeley Springs, West Virginia.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
"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.) Copyright 2001 CahnersBusiness Information.
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"Puts many of the myths and misconceptions to rest." — WTBF Radio

"An excellent overall view of the deed [Lincoln's assassination]." — Choice

"Immerse yourself in this required book for anyone interested in Lincoln, presidential assassinations or the American Civil War." — Cmdr. Youssef Abou-Enein, The Waterline

"Anyone interested in the fateful events of April 14, 1865, and the possible role in the conspiracy involving members of the Confederate government which has not been given the exposure it deserves, must read this book." — Back Channels

"Ought to find a place on most scholars' shelves." — Columbia (SC) State

"With research and deductive reasoning that is persuasive, Steers proves that Mrs. Surratt's tavern in Maryland and boarding house in D.C. were both safe houses for Confederate agents." — Easton (MD) Star-Democrat

"The most complete summary to date of the facts surrounding Lincoln's demise." — Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star

"An exceptionally well-written and thorough book on the assassination. For anyone who is sincerely interested in the assassination, this book is a 'must read.'" — Historian

"Steers manages to make an often-told tale come alive and seem fresh in the re-telling.... There is a very small shelf of books that are absolutely essential to the understanding of Lincoln's murder and this is one of them." — H-Net Reviews

"Presents a tale that needs to be told — the real story behind the assassination of the 16th president." — Kentucky Monthly

"The quality of research and the skillful presentation of the story of Lincoln's assassination will lead you well beyond the superficial facts that we've all been taught and into the depths of the conspiracy and the aftermath of John Wilkes Booth's world-shattering deed at Ford's Theater." — Lexington Herald-Leader

"A book that will entertain and educate readers interested in this integral part of American history." — Louisville Voice-Tribune

"In his readable, exceedingly well-researched account of the assassination, Edward Steers shreds the myths that have encrusted the story of Booth's plot and that reveal more about what some Americans want to believe that what actually happened." — Maryland Historical Magazine

"What separates Blood on the Moon... is the depth and breadth of Steers' research." — Morgantown Messenger

"Steers has written a careful synthesis of what is known about Lincoln's murder." — New York Review of Books

"A carefully documented account of the conspiracy and those who took part in it." — The Lancet

"May become the definitive volume detailing the events surrounding the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln." — Union County (KY) Advocate

"This is the book to which all Lincoln and Civil War aficionados — indeed, all Americans interested in their history — should turn for a lucid and up-to-date explanation of the assassination." — William Hanchett

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813137735
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
Publication date:
11/01/2001
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
224,685
File size:
6 MB

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