The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln (Library of Political Assassinations)

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Discusses the lives of Abraham Lincoln and John Wilkes Booth, the political reasons for, and details of, the assassination plan, and Lincoln's legacy.

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Reviewed with Juliet Ching's The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln.

Gr. 6-9. Although a series entitled The Library of Political Assassinations may strike a grisly note, there is plenty of substance here. Ching's Kennedy begins with an introduction that sets the tenor of the times, and then proceeds with an insightful, if brief, biography of RFK. The assassination itself, the events leading up to it, and the fallout are covered in some detail, with Ching making some interesting points (the incompetence of the Los Angeles police department, for example) along the way. Perhaps most controversial is the chapter that questions whether Kennedy's death was the result of a conspiracy. In Lincoln Marinelli does the same sort of distilling, but she adequately provides facts about the Civil War, the assassination, the conspirators, and how America changed after Lincoln's death. The format is appealing, and both books use especially well-chosen, black-and-white and color photos (the famous picture of RFK mortally wounded is included). Although these books are billed as being about leaders' deaths, they are equally informative about their lives. A bibliography, a time line, a glossary, and a list of other sources are appended. See the Series Roundup in this issue for other titles. Ilene Cooper
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Grade 5-8-These titles have striking full-color covers, a clear and readable design, and substantive texts that provide solid information about each leader's life and brutal death. There are archival photos and reproductions that were once part of newspaper headlines, not distant history. Discussions of the fates of the assassins, the accusations of conspiracy, and even a serviceable, clinical color diagram of the Lorraine Motel where James Earl Ray (or someone) assassinated Dr. King are included. Still, one has to wonder about a series whose focal point is the act of murder itself. Standard biographies or stand-alone titles like Rebecca C. Jones's The President Has Been Shot: True Stories of the Attacks on Ten U.S. Presidents (Dutton, 1996) should be sufficient.
Sue Sherif, Alaska State Library, Anchorage
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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