I purchased this book with the audio book for a really good deal. Spent less than $20 for the two.
It's a long read (and listen) and you have to really be paying attention because of all the little minut details that you can easily miss.
I often found myself flipping back pages to start a section over because I was distracted by my surroundings. I have two kids under the age of four so it's not surprising that I couldn't keep up.
What I really enjoyed about this book was that the author took into account the mindset and way of life at the time. We too often view history through a modern lens and often hold the people to our standards when those standards were foreign to them.
What was very similar to our time was the bashing and name calling of political figures by the media (newspapers at that time) and it's not hard to understand why Booth and his conspirators did what they did and expected a different outcome than what they received.
While the talking heads literally called for Lincoln's assassination in print they then turned around and damned those that took action to do it.
They saw themselves as would be heroes and saviors of their country basically because that was what they were lead to believe by popular opinion.
While nothing excuses them of their wrongdoing, I believe from what I learned in this book based on real articles at the time that those involved were thoroughly convinced that assassination of the northern leaders was noble and well deserved.
I come away with a different perspective and one that clears up a lot of confusion that I had while reading other books on the topic.
Lewis Powell is my main focus of interest and unfortunately there isn't much said on him apart from what I've heard repeated over and over and he's wholly unaccounted for for the duration of Booth and Herold's getaway. The trial is where he gets the most attention and I think that's basically because Booth had died previous.
Booth's actions/words/history are recorded to the point where one can write a screen play on just him and satisfy any Booth fan's expectations.
This author is just short of living in 1865 and witnessing these events in person. Well researched and very knowledgeable.