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Blood on the Moon: The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln | [Edward Steers]

Blood on the Moon: The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln

The assassination of Abraham Lincoln is usually told as a tale of a lone deranged actor who struck from a twisted lust for revenge. This is not only too simple an explanation; Blood on the Moon reveals that it is completely wrong. John Wilkes Booth was neither mad nor alone in his act of murder. He received the help of many, not the least of whom was Dr. Samuel Alexander Mudd, the Charles County physician who has been portrayed as the innocent victim of a vengeful government.
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Publisher's Summary

Winner of the 2001 The Lincoln Group of New York's Award of Achievement A History Book Club Selection.

The assassination of Abraham Lincoln is usually told as a tale of a lone deranged actor who struck from a twisted lust for revenge. This is not only too simple an explanation; Blood on the Moon reveals that it is completely wrong. John Wilkes Booth was neither mad nor alone in his act of murder. He received the help of many, not the least of whom was Dr. Samuel Alexander Mudd, the Charles County physician who has been portrayed as the innocent victim of a vengeful government. Booth was also aided by the Confederate leadership in Richmond. As he made his plans to strike at Lincoln, Booth was in contact with key members of the Confederate underground, and after the assassination, these same forces used all of their resources to attempt his escape.

Noted Lincoln authority Edward Steers Jr. introduces the cast of characters in this ill-fated drama. He explores why they were so willing to help pull the trigger, and corrects the many misconceptions surrounding this defining moment that changed American history.

About the author: After completing an acclaimed career as a research scientist at the National Institutes of Health, Edward Steers Jr. has turned his research skills to the Lincoln assassination. He is the author of several books about the president, including The Trial. He lives in Berkeley Springs, West Virginia.

©2001 The University Press of Kentucky (P)2012 Redwood Audiobooks

What the Critics Say

"An exceptionally well-written and thorough book on the assassination. For anyone who is sincerely interested in the assassination, this book is a 'must read." (Historian)

"Steers has a sharp ear for historical discordance and a novelist's eye for illuminating detail. Provocative reading." (Publishers Weekly)

"Steers has written a careful synthesis of what is known about Lincoln's murder." (New York Review of Books)

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    Alan Sunrise, FL, United States 02-07-13
    Alan Sunrise, FL, United States 02-07-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Terrific listen."

    Blood on the moon is a totally gripping account of the events leading up to and subsequent to the assassination of Abe Lincoln. Detailed biographies of every major player is given. This book deals with the plots to kidnap / kill the president and really doesnt delve into the civil war and Washington politics that a lot of other works tend to do. You are truly moved by the funeral. The trial of the conspirators is remarkably recreated before your eyes.

    My only complaint with Blood on the Moon is the author's habit of when presented with a historical question where no definitive answer is known, the author drops his opinion down and without any justification, simply moves on. This is more annoying then anything else and should not prevent you froookm enjoying this wonderful book

    William Coon did an excellent job reading this book to me and Ill gladly listen to other productions of his in the future.


    Well worth the 1 credit

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    GaryJS Brooklyn 10-06-12
    GaryJS Brooklyn 10-06-12 Member Since 2012

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    "Engrossing"
    What made the experience of listening to Blood on the Moon: The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln the most enjoyable?

    This book is full of so many important details of the assasination that i never knew existed - the spy network, the Dahlgren raid. the kidnap plot, the players. It is thorough but not labrious and the story maintains a level of suspense throughout.


    Have you listened to any of William Coon’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Performances can either make or break an audio book. William Coon does such a wonderful job at narration. I'll certainly look for other books that he narrates


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I think the book warrants several listenings - it sevrved me well though several commumtes to work.


    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Robin Eddy Walker, MN, United States 09-11-12
    Robin Eddy Walker, MN, United States 09-11-12
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    "Amazed."
    What made the experience of listening to Blood on the Moon: The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln the most enjoyable?

    The reader is clear and pleasant to the ears. Very detailed information is presented to support a view that has been in question for so long. As a history buff and constant learner, I was amazed at the questions I had running through my head that included "but what about this....." which were discussed and answered with obvious, extensive research.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Just amazed at the contradictory evidence to the ever popular belief that Dr. Mudd was innocent and that even in this 21st century we can question ourselves on the accuracies of written history.


    What about William Coon’s performance did you like?

    Mr. Coon was articulate, relaxed in his tone, and for the most part maintained continuity between chapters.


    Any additional comments?

    I have read several books about Lincoln and this to me was one on my short list of jaw-dropping "wow" moments that made me appreciate the hours and hours of research culminated for this well-written book.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Sean BELVEDERE TIBURON, CA, United States 06-21-12
    Sean BELVEDERE TIBURON, CA, United States 06-21-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Thrilling and informative"

    I learned much about Booth and his fellow conspirators while being entertained by the unfolding of the assassination and manhunt. The book covers some Civil War history, Abolition politics and Southern intrigue as background to the assassination but spends most of its time creating a well researched timeline of the plot and assassination.

    The author dispels many common myths about the assassination plot. He convincingly shows that the government got it right when it indicted and prosecuted Dr Mudd, Mary Surratt and the others involved. He has gone back to original sources and shows where sloppy research and misunderstandings have created erroneous impressions that Booth was a lone madman.

    The writing is well paced and the passages detailing the assassination and manhunt manage to be gripping while remaining factual and avoiding melodrama.The performance was slightly distracting. The reader has a tendency to enunciate every word very precisely. This hampers the ability to differentiate important details from stray background information. Still, I found the overall performance very good.

    I would recommend the book to anyone interested in this pivotal chapter in American History.

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    ktkat1949 BC CANADA 11-15-12
    ktkat1949 BC CANADA 11-15-12 Member Since 2013

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    "Extremely Detailed Not historical fiction"

    I am not a US citizen but I have always been interested by the life of Mr. Lincoln. Any
    previous books that I had read seemed to be filled with inaccuracies that even I recognized.
    This book has been meticulously researched and for a true history lover it is a real treat.
    Many things I had never heard before and the things I had heard turned out to be
    completely false. It is a long read but very enjoyable and having just finished it I am
    going to listen to it again as it was so interesting the first time. I would highly recommend this book to anyone interested in the president and any history lover. I enjoyed the
    narrator very much. Some people may complain about the amount of detail ie ranks of soldiers and their units etc but I think it added to the narrative.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    albert 09-07-12
    albert 09-07-12
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    "Don't waste your money. Story is boring & tedious,"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Better voice, create a storyline not just bland factsd


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Not this writer


    Would you be willing to try another one of William Coon’s performances?

    No


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Total dissappointment


    Any additional comments?

    Want my money back

    4 of 12 people found this review helpful
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