February 12th is the bicentennial anniversary of the birth of Abraham Lincoln. No doubt you have noticed the many new books written about the life, presidency and death of  the 16th president of the United States.

I recently read two fascinating books about Lincoln that I thought I would share. The first book entitled Assassin’s Accomplice: Mary Surratt and the Plot to Kill Lincoln by Kate Clifford Larson discusses the involvement of Mary Surratt in the assassination plot. Mary owned a boarding house in D.C. frequented by John Wilkes Booth and other accomplices. Larson writes a compelling account of Mary’s trial which ultimately resulted in her conviction and execution for
her role in the assassination plot.

Manhunt: the Twelve Day Chase for Lincoln’s Killer by James Swanson tells the story of the twelve days immediately following the Lincoln assassination and the frantic search for Booth. This tragic episode in our history can also be viewed on the DVD   Hunt for John Wilkes Booth. All of the events leading up to the capture of Booth are dramatically portrayed in this presentation.

Both of the above titles are available at the Waltham Public Library.  Stop by the Reference Desk and we will gladly help you located these and other new

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