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Blood on the Moon: The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln (2001)

by Edward Steers, Jr.

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Very informative book. Not really flashy and the author has the unfortunate habit of referring to his own research but well documented and does a good job of following up on the many conspiracy theories and debunking them. Recommended for anyone who is interested in a deeper insight into the Lincoln assassination and the conspiracies theories surrounding it. Side note: I came away believing that there are many they should have prosecuted but didn't. ( )
  statmonkey | Jul 8, 2016 |
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And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth,

blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke.

The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into

blood, before the terrible day of the Lord cometh.

Joel 2:31-32
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To

Edward Steers Sr. (1910-1990),

whose love of history rubbed off,

to

Patricia Aire Steers,

who love of me made this book possible,

and

to

Molly,

in whose absence this book would have been

finished one year sooner.
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Abraham Lincoln has become the subject of more writings than any other person in American history.
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The assassination of Abraham Lincoln dramatically altered the course of American history and forever stripped a young nation of its innocence.  More than one million Americans viewed the president's remains as his body made its way from Washington, D.C., to Springfield, Illinois.  Seven million more gathered along the miles of track to view the funeral train as it passed.  In all, one in four Americans paid their respects to their fallen "Father Abraham," who , as one special choir sang at the funeral ceremonies, "fell in Freedom's cause."

Lincoln's untimely death still haunts the nation and fascinates its people.  Theories abound regarding the events surrounding his assassination.  Did John Wilkes Booth act alone?   Were Dr. Samuel Mudd and Mary E. Surratt innocent victims?  Was the recovered from the burning tobacco barn really Booth's?  Until now, there has been no comprehensive study, based on primary sources, of Lincoln's assassination and Booth's escape.  Blood on the Moon: The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln presents the most up-to-date research into public and private archives and makes clear the important role of Samuel Mudd and members of the Confederate Secret Service in Booth's crime and escape.  Edward Steers Jr. finally puts to rest the many myths and popular misconceptions surrounding these key players and accurately depicts what happened during the days leading up to and immediately after Lincoln's murder. [from the jacket]
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The first full history of the pioneering Special Forces units of World War II-dropped behind German lines into France to assist with the D-Day landings-told by a former U.S. Special Forces colonel with unique access to surviving veterans The story of the Special Forces in World War II has never fully been told before. Information about them began to be declassified only in the 1980s. Known as the Jedburghs, these Special Forces were selected from members of the British, American, and Free French armies to be dropped in teams of three deep behind German lines. There, in preparation for D-Day, they carried out what we now know as unconventional warfare: supporting the French Resistance in guerrilla attacks, supply-route disruption, and the harassment and obstruction of German reinforcements. Always, they operated against extraordinary odds. They had to be prepared to survive pitched battles with German troops and Gestapo manhunts for weeks and months while awaiting the arrival of Allied ground forces. They were, in short, heroes. The Jedburghs finally tells their story and offers a new perspective on D-Day itself. Will Irwin has selected seven of the Jedburgh teams and told their stories as gripping personal narratives. He has gathered archival documents, diaries, and correspondence, and interviewed Jed veterans and family members in order to present this portrait of their crucial role--a role recognized by Churchill and Eisenhower-in the struggle to liberate Europe in 1944-45. This is narrative history at its most compelling; a vivid drama of the battle for France from deep behind enemy lines.… (more)

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