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The Lincoln murder plot
Zeinert, Karen.
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Publication Information:
North Haven, Conn. : Linnet Books, 1999.
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xvii, 113 pages : illustrations, map ; 23 cm
Text, including quotations from contemporary sources such as the diary of John Wilkes Booth, the testimony of witnesses, letters, and accounts by others involved, examines the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln.

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E457.5 .Z45 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
E457.5 .Z45 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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This is the first book about Lincoln's murder to examine all aspects of the plot and conspirators in detail. Karen Zeinert uses first-person sources such as courtroom testimony, letters, and Booth's diary to knit together the motives and relationships of those involved; their probable guilt or those involved; their probable guilt or innocence; what did and did not happen. This book is a true detective story. It gives a close look at a period of turmoil in our history, and how a society in straits reacted to a cataclysmic event. And, finally, readers may want to judge for themselves: Was justice really served in the aftermath of Lincoln's assassination?

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Booklist Review

Gr. 6^-12. As the first assassination of any U.S. president, Lincoln's murder has sustained a fascination for Americans. Zeinert's account is a meticulously detailed, impressively documented retelling of the events that forever reshaped history. With gripping suspense, she guides the reader moment-by-moment through the president's arrival at Ford's Theater, Booth's catlike casing of his target and escape route, and the heart-wrenchingly poignant circumstances of that tragic evening. The subsequent story of Booth's flight and death, the trials and hangings of the alleged conspirators, and the public outrage for those falsely accused and executed keep the reader riveted to the very end. Well-chosen photographs intensify the impact of the intricately detailed account. Rich, complex, yet accessible, this excellent book will make a fine addition to any library. Timeline; cast of characters. --Roger Leslie

School Library Journal Review

Gr 6-9-Zeinert begins with an account of Lincoln's shooting and subsequent death, and then looks at the aftermath in considerable detail, including information about the search for suspects; the manhunt for and death of John Wilkes Booth; and the capture, arrest, hurried military trial, and harsh sentences of the surviving conspirators. She also discusses the federal efforts to link the conspiracy to the Confederate leadership, examines the legal and constitutional weaknesses of the trial and punishment process, and details some of the conspiracy theories surrounding the assassination. The author accepts that Booth and his coconspirators were behind the assassination, but is objective in her analysis of the manner in which the trial was conducted and her debunking of the wilder conspiracy theories. Numerous black-and-white period photos appear throughout. This book has a slightly different focus than other titles about the Lincoln assassination. Robert Somerlott's The Lincoln Assassination in American History (Enslow, 1998) concentrates on Lincoln's death and the country's reaction to it. Tom Ito's Abraham Lincoln (Lucent, 1996) and Michael O'Neal's The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln (Greenhaven, 1991) both detail and analyze competing conspiracy theories. Zeinert's book will draw both report writers and general readers who enjoy unraveling a historical mystery. A good choice for any library that needs material on this subject.-Mary Mueller, Rolla Junior High School, MO (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.