Leading the reader through a series of amazing coincidences and details, this book presents startling evidence that John Wilkes Booth, the assassin of President Lincoln, was never captured but escaped to live for decades, continue his acting career, marry, and have children. Compelling and revealing information in the form of papers and diaries has recently been found in private collections-materials that provide greater insight into the events leading up to the assassination of Lincoln as well as details of the pursuit and capture of the man the government claimed was Booth.
Publisher: Taylor Trade Publishing
Number of pages: 232
Weight: 349 g
Dimensions: 229 x 153 x 17 mm
Can it be said that Americans enjoy few things more than a conspiracy theory? Just look at the persistence surrounding the supposed plot to kill President Kennedy. Though there are clouds surrounding the murder (thanks, Oliver Stone!), the legend has grown greater than the act itself. The same goes for Jameson's book, in which a crime has become a national folktale. A distant relative of Booth's, Jameson is on the trail of his ancestor who might not have been killed by federal troops after all (so say hushed relatives). Though the evidence is purely circumstantial and anecdotal, it is illuminating. It shines light on the ongoing obsession that there may be more to the story than we are privy to. If anything, this book simply poses questions that might never be answered. Aren't humans pattern-making creatures? Therefore, what events lend themselves to pattern-making better than the conspiracy to kill a sitting president? Jameson intertwines wit, research, and family history into an enjoyable read. * Booklist *
This provocative examination of Booth's story is certain to generate impassioned debate among historians and Lincoln lovers. * Publishers Weekly *