What Really Happened: The Lincoln Assassination by Robert J. Hutchinson audiobook

What Really Happened: The Lincoln Assassination

By Robert J. Hutchinson
Read by David Marantz

Blackstone Publishing 9781621578864

The What Really Happened Series: Book 1

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After 150 years, many unsolved mysteries and enduring urban legends still surround the assassination of Abraham Lincoln by the popular stage actor John Wilkes Booth. In a new look at the case, award-winning author Robert Hutchinson (The Dawn of Christianity) explores what we know, and don’t know, about what really happened at Ford’s Theatre on the night of April 14, 1865. In addition, he argues that the deep-seated political hatreds that roiled Washington, DC, in the final weeks of the Civil War are particularly relevant to our own polarized age. Among the tantalizing questions Hutchinson explores are why Abraham Lincoln’s final day on earth one of the happiest of his life; whether desperate Confederate political leaders, fearing for their lives, had a hand in the assassination plot; how a talented family of actors, poets, and physicians opposed to slavery somehow produced a presidential assassin; the mystery of Lincoln’s police bodyguard—why he disappeared at Ford’s Theatre when Lincoln had already been the subject of an assassination attempt the previous year; what led Booth to give up on his original plan to kidnap Lincoln and decide on assassination instead; whether Lucy Hale, Booth’s secret fiancée and the daughter of a US senator, who once caught the eye of Lincoln’s son Robert, knew about Booth’s plans to kill Lincoln; how Booth evaded the largest manhunt in US history for nearly two weeks despite being unable to walk; why the government insisted on the death penalty for Mary Surratt, who ran a boarding house where Booth used to visit, but allowed most of the Confederate sympathizers who aided his escape to get off scot-free; who gave the order to shoot Booth in the Garrett barn—and what happened to his body; what became of the Booth and Lincoln families after the assassination; and much more.

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Summary

Summary

After 150 years, many unsolved mysteries and enduring urban legends still surround the assassination of Abraham Lincoln by the popular stage actor John Wilkes Booth.

In a new look at the case, award-winning author Robert Hutchinson (The Dawn of Christianity) explores what we know, and don’t know, about what really happened at Ford’s Theatre on the night of April 14, 1865. In addition, he argues that the deep-seated political hatreds that roiled Washington, DC, in the final weeks of the Civil War are particularly relevant to our own polarized age.

Among the tantalizing questions Hutchinson explores are

  • why Abraham Lincoln’s final day on earth one of the happiest of his life;
  • whether desperate Confederate political leaders, fearing for their lives, had a hand in the assassination plot;
  • how a talented family of actors, poets, and physicians opposed to slavery somehow produced a presidential assassin;
  • the mystery of Lincoln’s police bodyguard—why he disappeared at Ford’s Theatre when Lincoln had already been the subject of an assassination attempt the previous year;
  • what led Booth to give up on his original plan to kidnap Lincoln and decide on assassination instead;
  • whether Lucy Hale, Booth’s secret fiancée and the daughter of a US senator, who once caught the eye of Lincoln’s son Robert, knew about Booth’s plans to kill Lincoln;
  • how Booth evaded the largest manhunt in US history for nearly two weeks despite being unable to walk;
  • why the government insisted on the death penalty for Mary Surratt, who ran a boarding house where Booth used to visit, but allowed most of the Confederate sympathizers who aided his escape to get off scot-free;
  • who gave the order to shoot Booth in the Garrett barn—and what happened to his body;
  • what became of the Booth and Lincoln families after the assassination; and
  • much more.


Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Robert Hutchinson gives a fresh and comprehensive account of the well-known story of Abraham Lincoln’s assassination, putting it in a new light.” Scott Rank, author of History’s 9 Most Insane Rulers

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by Odin 10/18/2020
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Intriguing overview

For many history-minded readers, the reason for Booth’s assassination of Lincoln remains unanswered, until now. Even though there are descriptive shadings of the assassination conjured up many others in the years that followed, Hutchinson, together with the reading by David Marantz, give a compelling account of Booth’s obsession for fame and his twisted means of acquiring it. This is definitely a worthwhile listen as it is both entertaining and educational.
by Odin 10/1/2020
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Reader friendly history

For many history-minded readers, the reason for Booth’s assassination of Lincoln remains unanswered, until now. Even though there are descriptive shadings of the assassination conjured up many others in the years that followed, Hutchinson, together with the reading by David Marantz, give a compelling account of Booth’s obsession for fame and his twisted means of acquiring it. This is definitely a worthwhile listen as it is both entertaining and educational.

Author

Author Bio: Robert J. Hutchinson

Author Bio: Robert J. Hutchinson

Robert J. Hutchinson is a religion and travel writer and the author of several previous books, including When in Rome about the year he spent covering the Vatican. He earned an MA in the New Testament from fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California, and studied modern Hebrew while living in Israel.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 8.01
Audience: Adult
Language: English