John Wilkes Booth is a name that is quite well-known. Although he was a thespian, few people associate him with the theater. He left his imprint on the world when he assassinated President Abraham Lincoln. But, when Booth was dragged out of the burning barn, the soldiers said that it was not him. Within the next two days, rumors began to unfold that Booth had escaped and somebody else had been killed. W.C. Jameson presents three ideas: the government was inept and deceived the public concerning the capture and death of John Wilkes Booth, that Booth was never caught, and then that Booth lived several more decades in Europe, India and other places before returning to the United States. W.C. Jameson's book really blew me away. Apparently there have been recent discoveries of very important documents. Information found in papers and diaries from private collectors plus reexamining the usual historical materials changes what has been regurgitated ad nauseum for the past one hundred forty-eight years. Jameson not only researches but he investigates and keeps digging until he is satisfied.
Any Civil War aficionado will want to get their hands on this book. It's quite an eye-opener and very believable. Search the DCLS catalog