For the 150th anniversary of Lincoln's assassination, Harold Holzer (The Civil War in 150 Objects) presents an unprecedented first hand chronicle of one of the most pivotal moments in American history. The fateful story is told in more than 80 original documents, eyewitness reports, medical records, trial transcripts, newspaper articles, speeches, letters, diary entries and poems, by more than 75 participants and observers, including the assassin John Wilkes Booth and Boston Corbett, the soldier who shot him.
"The national tragedy that brought the Civil War to its appalling climax takes on new life and meaning in this remarkable compilation."--Stephen W. Sears, author of "Landscape Turned Red"
HAROLD HOLZER is one of the country's leading authorities on Abraham Lincoln and the political culture of the Civil War era, has authored, coauthored, and edited more than forty books, including "The Civil War in 150 Objects," "Lincoln at Cooper Union," and "The Lincoln Anthology: Great Writers on His Life and Legacy from 1860 to Now," volume number 192 in the Library of America series. His awards include the Lincoln Prize and the National Humanities Medal. He lives in New York City, where he is Senior Vice President for Public Affairs at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.