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The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln (Hardback)

Four Smoking Guns

Military > Pre-WWI > American History > American Civil War P&S History > By Century > 19th Century P&S History > True Crime

By John Fazio
Imprint: Pen & Sword History
Pages: 224
Illustrations: 50 mono illustrations
ISBN: 9781399046817
Published: 20th September 2023



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Immediately after the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, suspicion naturally fell on Confederate leaders as being responsible for the great crime. The belief in their complicity faded when the case against Jefferson Davis and other unindicted co-conspirators collapsed at the trial of John Wilkes Booth’s action team (Booth was dead) in May and June, 1865. The belief then hibernated for 123 years, during which period the prevailing wisdom was that Booth had in fact acted with the help of no one other than his team, with the possible exception of Dr. Samuel Mudd and Mary Surratt.

In 1988, however, assassination historians James O. Hall, William A. Tidwell and David Gaddy thoroughly discredited the simple conspiracy theory in their seminal work Come Retribution, holding that the original suspicions were right after all. In 1995, Tidwell followed with a solo titled April ’65 in which he strengthened the case against Confederate leaders. The authors’ conclusions quickly gained acceptance by many experts in the field, including the author of this work, which is intended to remove any remaining doubt as to the validity of the theory. It does so by describing in detail four subplots in the overall plot to murder the President, subplots that demonstrate unequivocally that Booth was merely a pawn in the hands of far more powerful, influential and purposeful men than he, men whose backs were to the wall and who would therefore stop at nothing to avert the catastrophe that they had fought four long years to prevent and that was now upon them.

I found this analysis by John C. Fazio to be exceedingly well written, well researched and totally convincing. Clearly one of the best books ever written about the power structure behind the Southern leadership’s design and execution of the assassination of President Lincoln.
A must read for anyone harboring doubts about the existence of this conspiracy.

John D. Wheeler

Civil War buffs will love this book, which is intense in detail but nonetheless informative and insightful.

NetGalley, Blaine DeSantis

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

John Fazio does a great job in bringing the Lincoln assassination perfectly. It was written well and had a great amount of information. It was well-researched and interesting.

NetGalley, Kathryn McLeer

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

A truly interesting look into the possible conspirators into the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. The story was an intriguing read, and the author does a great job of presenting the facts. I was unaware of the multiple prior attempts to assassinate Lincoln. A very good read for the historical readers.

NetGalley, Ron Baumer

An interesting read in unpicking the facts from fiction as to who was involved in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. Thoroughly researched from available contemporary historical resources of events leading up to Lincoln’s murder, character insights of those involved. Prosecution testimonies of alleged conversations and deeds of John Wilkes Booth and his team of co-conspirators. Some surprising conclusions and well worth a read.

NetGalley, Leanne Neale

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln is an incredibly gripping book that delves deep into the tragic events surrounding one of the darkest moments in American history. Written with meticulous attention to detail and a strong narrative, this book captures the essence of the event and the surrounding controversy with a powerful impact.

As I ventured through its pages, I was immediately struck by the author's ability to transport me back in time, immersing me completely in the tense atmosphere of the mid-19th century. The meticulous research invested in this book is abundantly clear, as the account of the assassination and its aftermath unfolds with a wealth of primary sources and historical documentation.

Delving into the conspiracy that surrounded it has long been fodder for many a journalist. From John Wilkes Booth's treacherous plot to the involvement of various co-conspirators, the narrative unfolds like a captivating thriller. It skillfully weaves together different threads of the story, providing vital context and shedding light on the broader impact of this heinous act.

While the subject matter may be heavy, the author's writing style ensures that the book remains accessible and engaging throughout. Even for those who may not be well-versed in American history, The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln provides ample background information to fully grasp the significance of the events at play.

In conclusion, The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln is a captivating account of a pivotal moment in American history. The author's ability to recreate the atmosphere and emotions surrounding the assassination is commendable, and I would highly recommend this book to anyone interested in delving into the depths of this tragic event.

NetGalley, Benedict Milano

About John Fazio

Retired lawyer, John C. Fazio, has studied the American Civil War since he was 16. He is a member of the Cleveland Civil War Roundtable and has been its president. He is also a member of numerous other Civil War-related organizations. He has taught Civil War history at Chautauqua Institution, in western New York State, frequently speaks on the war before Roundtables and other groups and has written and published 48 articles and essays on the war. He lives in Fairlawn, Ohio.

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