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The Hour of Peril: The Secret Plot to Murder Lincoln Before the Civil War (original 2013; udgave 2013)

af Daniel Stashower (Forfatter)

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Two-time Edgar award-winning author Daniel Stashower uncovers the riveting true story of the "Baltimore Plot," an audacious conspiracy to assassinate Abraham Lincoln on the eve of the Civil War.
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Titel:The Hour of Peril: The Secret Plot to Murder Lincoln Before the Civil War
Forfattere:Daniel Stashower (Forfatter)
Info:Minotaur Books (2013), Edition: First Edition, 368 pages
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The Hour of Peril: The Secret Plot to Murder Lincoln Before the Civil War af Daniel Stashower (2013)

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Overall, the book was OK. I learned some things about Lincoln that I had not known before. However, the book seemed a little bit longer than it needed to be. And a significant amount of material is about Allan Pinkerton. That was not a bad thing, but the subtitle of the book should have indicated that this book was as much or more about Allan Pinkerton and his detective work than actually about the alleged “secret plot”. I am not implying that there was no plot, although that is certainly open to some question, admittedly by the author himself.

There was a lot of background material about Pinkerton, and much discussion about his agents and their activities. Again, that was not a bad thing – but I was expecting a lot more discussion of a plot to kill Lincoln. Unfortunately, discussion of the plot and plotters was thin when considering the length of the book.

Nonetheless, the book was enjoyable to read, and to some extent read like a detective novel in places. But I would not put it anywhere near the top of my list of historical non-fiction books, nor of the many books I’ve read about Lincoln. ( )
  highlander6022 | Sep 20, 2020 |
The first 25% of this book is great for all the details of Pinkerton and Lincoln. I stopped listening to it at that point. The narration is very good. My problem is that I listen to audiobooks while exercising and this is not the type of book suitable for that. The pace of the story is much to slow for such casual listening. I need to read this type of book in print, so I will abandon it for now.
  ajlewis2 | Jul 11, 2018 |
(Narrative Nonfiction, Historical, American)

When we think of Lincoln and an assassination attempt, we no doubt think of Ford’s Theatre on April 15, 1865.

This book tells of police work that purportedly uncovered a plot to kill Lincoln in Baltimore in February 1861. Based on evidence, the law agencies were able to convince the President to change his train route and, as we know, he was not murdered then.

I’m not American so it takes a really good book to draw me into an isolated incident in US history. This well-written account kept my interest throughout.

4 stars ( )
  ParadisePorch | Feb 8, 2018 |
This is a terrific books for lovers of forgotten moments in history. I wish someone would buy this film rights because I think it would make a terrific movie! ( )
  Iambookish | Dec 14, 2016 |
As a former history teacher, I was drawn in by the cover and introduction to Daniel Stashower's "The Hour of Peril". The story dealt with a part of pre-Civil War history that I didn't know much about - that being the plot to assassinate Lincoln on way to his 1st inauguration. The book appears to be well researched with a number of sources cited at the end.

Stashower begins the story with a short bio of America's first detective, Allan Pinkerton, and the creation of his detective agency. Pinkerton's role in the story soon becomes evident as Stashower describes Lincoln's well-publicized trip from his home in Springfield, IL to Washington. Pinkerton and his operatives discover that a plot to kill Lincoln by Southern sympathizers is underfoot and may take place as the train moves through Baltimore.

Lincoln's 13 day journey starts innocuously enough as he makes stops in Indianapolis, Columbus, Pittsburgh, New York, Philadelphia, and dozens of smaller "whistle stops" at other locations. Pinkerton realizes just as the trip begins that Lincoln's chances of getting from Baltimore to Washington alive are slim. His spies believe that there could be hundreds of Southern sympathizers who may be part of the plan to kill the President-elect.

Well, as we all know, Lincoln made it to Washington alive for his inauguration, but rather than give away the entire plot to save the President-elect in this review, let me stop here so that the reader can discover all of that for him- or herself. Let me finish by saying that the book is a pleasant reading experience that should appeal to Civil War buffs, historians, and even the casual reading of history. It doesn't read like a text, but more like a novel, which will give it wider appeal. ( )
  coachtim30 | Sep 14, 2014 |
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In the hour of the nation’s peril, he conducted Abraham Lincoln safely through the ranks of treason to the scene of his first inauguration as President.

Inscription on the grave of Allan Pinkerton
It is perfectly manifest that there was no conspiracy—no conspiracy of a hundred, of fifty , of twenty, of three; no definite purpose in the heart of even one man to murder Mr. Lincoln in Baltimore.

—Ward H. Lamon, Lincoln’s friend and self-appointed bodyguard
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(Introduction) "This trip of ours has been very laborious and exciting," the young poet wrote to a friend back home in Illinois.
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