The Assassin's Accomplice: Mary Surratt and the Plot to Kill Abraham Lincoln

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Set against the backdrop of the Civil War, The Assassin’s Accomplice tells the gripping story of the conspiracy to assassinate Abraham Lincoln through experience of its only female participant.

Confederate sympathizer Mary Surratt ran a boarding house in Washington, and the depth of her complicity in the murder of President Lincoln has been debated since she was arrested on April 17, 1865.

Calling upon long-lost interviews, confessions, and court testimony, historian Kate Clifford Larson magnificently captures how Surratt’s actions defied nineteenth-century norms of piety and allegiance. A riveting account of espionage and murder, The Assassin’s Accomplice offers a revealing examination of America’s most remembered assassination.

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Kate Clifford Larson is an adjunct professor of history at Simmons College. She is the author of Bound for the Promised Land: Harriet Tubman, Portrait of an American Hero (2003). She lives in Winchester, Massachusetts.

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John Wilkes Booth did not act alone; eight people were eventually indicted as co-conspirators in Lincoln's murder. Accounts of their lives, nefarious plots, and historical trial fill this audiobook with the details true-crime and Civil War aficionados love. Narrator Laural Merlington reads with a forceful expression, modulating her word emphasis and tone to keep the listener's attention level during the prosecution high and the final moments on the scaffold riveting. Although she sometimes gives a gruff snarl for men and a female squeak for women, Merlington's own distinct voice usually prevails. Because the principal conspirator, Mary Surratt, was a woman, having a female narrator brings a credible authenticity to Mary's wordsand to her screams as she approaches the stairs of the gallows. J.A.H. AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine

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