This book covers exactly what the title suggests, and even a little more. It begins by giving an in-depth introduction of each key player in the Lincoln assassination, in order to give the reader an understanding of each person’s standing, and what kind of a part they will play. Then, after explaining the planning John Wilkes Booth and his team of confederate radicals did to prepare, the book goes right into the assassination. Following that, it describes each of every key players’ moves, throughout the 12 day chase. After John Wilkes Booth is (SPOILER ALERT) shot and killed at the end of the chase, the book then turns to the “where are they now” of each person, giving detailed records of how each person fared after this 12 day goose chase.
The book is incredibly detailed and informative. Though it may not be for everyone, I enjoyed it quite a lot. The way each person is followed completely left me with a great sense of satisfaction at the end, knowing how all of the loose ends were disposed of. The author makes sure to include only the most key information, so the book is also an easy read; not too busy or cluttered. The way the story arcs is also very engaging, and it reads almost like an action novel, rather than a history book.
Rating: 4.5/5 – I rated it 5/5 on the star meter, as .5 is not an increment.
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