Lincoln's Assassins by James L. Swanson
Their Trial and Execution

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On April 14, 1865, the president of the United States went to the theater. Five days earlier Lee had surrendered to Grant. The Civil War was over and the North held a jubilee. On that night John Wilkes Booth assassinated Lincoln, and soon the murderer was hunted down and killed by federal troops. But the story of the Lincoln assassination does not end with his state funeral and the death of his killer. Lincoln's Assassins: Their Trial and Execution resurrects these events by presenting an unprecedented visual record of more than 200 contemporary photographs, documents, prints, woodcuts, newspapers, pamphlets, books, and artifacts, many hitherto unpublished. Highlights include original albumen prints, cartes de visite, stereo cards, reward posters for the conspirators, the trial transcripts, the manuscript order for execution, and the seminal series of photographs by famed Civil War photographer Alexander Gardner of the conspirators in prison and during their execution. A unique work, the book will appeal to anyone interested in American history, Abraham Lincoln, the Civil War, law, crime, assassination, nineteenth-century photographic portraiture, and the history of American photojournalism.
 

About James L. Swanson

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James L.Swanson is the Edgar Award winning author of the New York Times bestseller Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincolnżs Killer. In 2009 in Newsweek magazine, Patricia Cornwell named Swanson's Manhunt and Truman Capote's In Cold Blood as the two best nonfiction crime books ever. In 2006, Entertainment Weekly magazine named Manhunt one of the ten best books of the year. Swanson has degrees in history from The University of Chicago, where he was a student of John Hope Franklin, and law from the University of California, Los Angeles. He has held a number of government and think-tank posts in Washington, D.C., including at the United States Department of Justice. He serves on the advisory council of the Fordżs Theatre Society. His other books include the acclaimed photographic history Lincolnżs Assassins: Their Trial and Execution, as well as Chasing Lincolnżs Killer, and adaptations of Manhunt and Bloody Crimes for young readers. James L. Swanson was born on Lincolnżs birthday.
 
Published November 1, 2001 by Arena Editions. 144 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Education & Reference, Arts & Photography, War, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction

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As President Lincoln delivers victory speeches in April 1865, an enraged John Wilkes Booth vows death: “Now, by God, I'll put him through.” Every bit of dialogue is said to come from original sources, adding a chill to the already disturbing conspiracy that Swanson unfolds in detail as Booth pers...

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Thomas has done many solid jobs of acting in all mediums since his television days on The Waltons , but it's the memories of the wide open American country tones of his flexible voice that add immeasurably to his reading of the audio version of Swanson's intensive new book about the assassination...

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In the early days of April 1865, with the bloody war to preserve the union finished, Swanson tells us, Abraham Lincoln was "jubilant."

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This beautifully produced, groundbreaking volume of over 300 documents, portraits, memorabilia and arcana relating to Lincoln's assassination manages to transcend its immediate historical importance to become something artistically unique.

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