The Lincoln Conspiracy: The Secret Plot to Kill America's 16th President--and Why It Failed

The Lincoln Conspiracy: The Secret Plot to Kill America's 16th President--and Why It Failed

by Brad Meltzer, Josh Mensch

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Overview

Brad Meltzer and Josh Mensch, the bestselling authors of The First Conspiracy, which covers the secret plot against George Washington, now turn their attention to a little-known, but true story about a failed assassination attempt on the sixteenth president in The Lincoln Conspiracy.

Everyone knows the story of Abraham Lincoln’s assassination in 1865, but few are aware of the original conspiracy to kill him four years earlier in 1861, literally on his way to Washington, D.C., for his first inauguration.

The conspirators were part of a pro-Southern secret society that didn’t want an antislavery President in the White House. They planned an elaborate scheme to assassinate the brand new President in Baltimore as Lincoln’s inauguration train passed through en route to the Capitol. The plot was investigated by famed detective Allan Pinkerton, who infiltrated the group with undercover agents, including one of the first female private detectives in America.

Had the assassination succeeded, there would have been no Lincoln Presidency, and the course of the Civil War and American history would have forever been altered.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250317476
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Publication date: 05/05/2020
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 291
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 8.80(h) x 1.60(d)

About the Author

BRAD MELTZER is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Escape Artist, The Inner Circle, and many other bestselling thrillers, as well as the Ordinary People Change the World series. He is also the host of the History Channel TV shows Brad Meltzer’s Decoded and Brad Meltzer’s Lost History, which he used to help find the missing 9/11 flag that the firefighters raised at Ground Zero.

JOSH MENSCH is a New York Times bestselling author and documentary television producer with a focus on American history and culture. He is coauthor with Brad Meltzer of The First Conspiracy: the Secret Plot to Kill George Washington. For television he has written, directed, and been a showrunner on nonfiction series for PBS, the History Channel, National Geographic, and many other networks. He lives in Brooklyn, NY with his wife and children.

Hometown:

Florida

Date of Birth:

1970

Place of Birth:

New York, New York

Education:

B.A., University of Michigan; J.D., Columbia University

Table of Contents

A Note on the Text ix

Prologue-Cecil County, Maryland, 1861 1

Part I The Rail Splitter 5

Part II The President-Elect 103

Part III The Most Fiendish Plot 193

Part IV Aftermath 327

Acknowledgments 365

Credits 369

Notes 371

Selected Bibliography 419

Index 425

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