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The Lincoln conspiracy : the secret plot to kill America's 16th president--and why it failed / Brad Meltzer and Josh Mensch.

Meltzer, Brad, (author.). Mensch, Josh, (author.).

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  • 1 of 2 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
  • 1 of 2 copies available at Lake Agassiz Regional Library. (Show preferred library)

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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Breckenridge Public Library 973.7092 MEL (Text) 33500013245832 New Available -
Detroit Lakes Public Library 973.7092 MEL (Text) 33500013245840 New Checked out 11/06/2020

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781250317476
  • ISBN: 1250317479
  • Physical Description: ix, 432 pages ; 25 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Flatiron Books, 2020.

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary, etc.:
"The bestselling authors of The First Conspiracy, which covers the secret plot against George Washington, now turn their attention to a little-known, but true story about a failed assassination attempt on President Lincoln Everyone knows the story of Abraham Lincoln's assassination in 1865, but few are aware of the original conspiracy to kill him four years earlier in 1861, literally on his way to Washington, D.C., for his first inauguration. The conspirators were part of a pro-Southern secret society that didn't want an antislavery President in the White House. They planned an elaborate scheme to assassinate the brand new President in Baltimore as Lincoln's inauguration train passed through en route to the Capitol. The plot was investigated by famed detective Allan Pinkerton, who infiltrated the group with undercover agents, including one of the first female private detectives in America. Had the assassination succeeded, there would have been no Lincoln Presidency, and the course of the Civil War and American history would have forever been altered"-- Provided by publisher.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2020 April #2
    Best-selling novelist and television host Meltzer and documentarian Mensch return to the winning formula of The First Conspiracy (2019) in this account of a conspiracy against President Abraham Lincoln, whose 1860 election became a flashpoint for southern opposition. As Lincoln traveled from Illinois to Washington, DC, for his 1861 inauguration, well-founded fears developed that Lincoln would be attacked in Baltimore, a choke point on the railroad routes between the northern U.S. and DC and a city with strong southern sympathies. The conspiracy failed, with Lincoln spirited through town to catch his DC train, but it allows a fascinating look at the conspirators and the investigators who thwarted them. Meltzer and Mensch introduce a constellation of pro-slavery militias and secret societies, with names like the Knights of the Golden Circle, which worked with the local police on plans to ensnare Lincoln, while their discussion of how the newly founded Pinkerton National Detective Agency infiltrated the conspiracy includes unexpected details of undercover work, 1860s-style—including by pathbreaking women detectives. A delightful addition to popular literature on the Civil War era. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

BRAD MELTZER is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Escape Artist, The Inner Circle, and many other bestselling thrillers, as well as the Ordinary People Change the World series. He is also the host of the History Channel TV shows Brad Meltzer’s Decoded and Brad Meltzer’s Lost History, which he used to help find the missing 9/11 flag that the firefighters raised at Ground Zero.

JOSH MENSCH is a New York Times bestselling author and documentary television producer with a focus on American history and culture. He is coauthor with Brad Meltzer of The First Conspiracy: the Secret Plot to Kill George Washington. For television he has written, directed, and been a showrunner on nonfiction series for PBS, the History Channel, National Geographic, and many other networks. He lives in Brooklyn, NY with his wife and children.

Subject: Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865 > Assassination attempt, 1861.
Presidents > Assassination attempts > United States.
Baltimore (Md.) > History > Civil War, 1861-1865.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.
American Civil War (1861-1865)
Attempted assassination.
Presidents > Assassination attempts.
Maryland > Baltimore.
United States.
Genre: History.

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