The Hour of Peril
The Secret Plot to Murder Lincoln Before the Civil War
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"It's history that reads like a race-against-the-clock thriller." —Harlan Coben
Daniel Stashower, the two-time Edgar award–winning author of The Beautiful Cigar Girl, uncovers the riveting true story of the "Baltimore Plot," an audacious conspiracy to assassinate Abraham Lincoln on the eve of the Civil War in THE HOUR OF PERIL.
In February of 1861, just days before he assumed the presidency, Abraham Lincoln faced a "clear and fully-matured" threat of assassination as he traveled by train from Springfield to Washington for his inauguration. Over a period of thirteen days the legendary detective Allan Pinkerton worked feverishly to detect and thwart the plot, assisted by a captivating young widow named Kate Warne, America's first female private eye.
As Lincoln's train rolled inexorably toward "the seat of danger," Pinkerton struggled to unravel the ever-changing details of the murder plot, even as he contended with the intractability of Lincoln and his advisors, who refused to believe that the danger was real. With time running out Pinkerton took a desperate gamble, staking Lincoln's life—and the future of the nation—on a "perilous feint" that seemed to offer the only chance that Lincoln would survive to become president. Shrouded in secrecy—and, later, mired in controversy—the story of the "Baltimore Plot" is one of the great untold tales of the Civil War era, and Stashower has crafted this spellbinding historical narrative with the pace and urgency of a race-against-the-clock thriller.
A Washington Post Notable Nonfiction Book of 2013
Winner of the 2014 Edgar Award for Best Fact Crime
Winner of the 2013 Agatha Award for Best Nonfiction
Winner of the 2014 Anthony Award for Best Critical or Non-fiction Work
Winner of the 2014 Macavity Award for Best Nonfiction
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The Hour of Peril tells a great story of Lincoln escaping an assassination attempt in Baltimore that would have descended the country into the chaos of war before either side was prepared and could have even less control than they did once Sumter was fired upon.
I had to grudgingly admit that perhaps Alan Pinkerton had done one great service for his country by getting Lincoln into Washington safely. Only later would his talents badly scar his reputation by his miscalculation of the forces his general (McClellan) faced.
Good history. Good read.
I would recommend without hesitation. Just finished it the other day. Moves quickly and flows well.
- Category: United States
- Published: Jan 29, 2013
- Publisher: St. Martin's Press
- Seller: Macmillan
- Print Length: 368 Pages
- Language: English