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John Wilkes Booth: Beyond the Grave

John Wilkes Booth: Beyond the Grave

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Published by RowmanLittlefield
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.

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.

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Publish date: Jan 1, 2013
Added to Scribd: Jul 19, 2013
Copyright:Traditional Copyright: All rights reservedISBN:9781589798328
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The story is a familiar one: John Wilkes Booth assassinates Abraham Lincoln on April 14, 1865, at Ford's Theater in Washington, D.C. The murderer escapes, but is soon discovered and fatally shot by authorities. Drawing on newly available papers and diaries in private collections, Jameson (Lost Mines and Buried Treasures of Tennessee), a descendant of Booth, challenges that well-known narrative, arguing instead that the assassin escaped capture and lived out his life traveling through Europe and India before returning to the United States. Following the incident at Ford's Theater, Booth fled and was helped along the way by various friends and associates, including Dr. Samuel Mudd, who patched Booth's injured leg. From here, Jameson's version of history takes a different tack: the author opines that members of the government-some of whom were involved in a plot to kidnap Lincoln-lied about Booth's demise and engineered a cover-up in order to save themselves: a Confederate soldier-not Booth-was the man killed at the Garrett farm. Further evidence of Booth's survival comes in the form of letters to Kate Scott, Booth's mistress, ostensibly penned by her suitor and postmarked in England and India. This provocative examination of Booth's story is certain to generate impassioned debate among historians and Lincoln lovers. 6 maps. Agent: Sandra Bond, Bond Literary Agency. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

2013-05-27, Publishers Weekly
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