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.–description from Goodreads.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This was an interesting book that took a bit different approach to the subject of john Wilkes Booth and what happened before and after the famed Lincoln shooting.
Where many others have speculated about the possibility of John surviving the famous showdown where history has said he was killed, this author did a much more in-depth job of giving the reader facts and reasons to believe that theory just might have some weight behind it.
This was interesting to me for a few reasons. Rather than just rehashing everything history has said for the first half of the book, W.C. Jameson actually put the facts together in a progressive way that walked the reader through the inner workings of Mr. Booth’s mind and gave a history of the man himself.
After reading this, I have questions as well. If you think you know what happened to John Wilkes Booth–read this book. It might make you question what you know.
I would definitely recommend this book. I am a huge Lincoln historian and this is a great book to add to your collection. Very well done.
This review is based on a digital ARC from the publisher.