by Kathryn Canavan
Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2018. Pp. xii, 234.
Illus., map, notes, biblio., index. $19.95 paper. ISBN: 9780813175263
The Death of the President
When first published, in hard cover in 2015, our reviewer observed that, in her remarkably revealing and detailed account of the events surrounding Lincoln’s assassination, Canavan followed numerous people who were in some way tied to the events, even if only in passing, “as their paths cross or collide, often discovering curious coincidences and incidents”.
Canavan reveals many surprising little coincidences. So we learn, for example that Booth had sometimes napped in the very bed on which Lincoln died, and how close Booth came to being nabbed at Ford’s Theatre, .
In short, Lincoln’s Final Hours is the most detailed account of the circumstances and events of the President’s death, covering April 14th and 15th of 1865 often on a minute by minute basis. This is an essential read for anyone with any interest in the assassination.
Note: Lincoln’s Final Hours is also available in hardback and several e-editions