When John Wilkes Booth trained his derringer on America’s greatest president, the drama was just beginning. His actions set in motion unintended consequences that would upend the lives of ordinary Washingtonians and extraordinary national figures alike. In one split second, their futures forked.
Lincoln’s Final Hours knits together their true stories, beginning with the nation’s first presidential assassination but recounting a humilitating public death at the Smithsonian, a harrowing walk up Washington’s Tenth Street, a glitzy Broadway nightclub so popular the Ziegfeld Follies sang about it, and a high-society murder that rocked Albany, N.Y. Although it reads like a crime novel, every detail and quote in Lincoln’s Final Hours is true and documented.