Blood on the Moon: The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln

  • by Edward Steers
  • Narrated by William Coon
  • 15 hrs and 1 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Winner of the 2001 The Lincoln Group of New York's Award of Achievement A History Book Club Selection.
The assassination of Abraham Lincoln is usually told as a tale of a lone deranged actor who struck from a twisted lust for revenge. This is not only too simple an explanation; Blood on the Moon reveals that it is completely wrong. John Wilkes Booth was neither mad nor alone in his act of murder. He received the help of many, not the least of whom was Dr. Samuel Alexander Mudd, the Charles County physician who has been portrayed as the innocent victim of a vengeful government. Booth was also aided by the Confederate leadership in Richmond. As he made his plans to strike at Lincoln, Booth was in contact with key members of the Confederate underground, and after the assassination, these same forces used all of their resources to attempt his escape.
Noted Lincoln authority Edward Steers Jr. introduces the cast of characters in this ill-fated drama. He explores why they were so willing to help pull the trigger, and corrects the many misconceptions surrounding this defining moment that changed American history.
About the author: After completing an acclaimed career as a research scientist at the National Institutes of Health, Edward Steers Jr. has turned his research skills to the Lincoln assassination. He is the author of several books about the president, including The Trial. He lives in Berkeley Springs, West Virginia.


What the Critics Say

"An exceptionally well-written and thorough book on the assassination. For anyone who is sincerely interested in the assassination, this book is a 'must read." (Historian)
"Steers has a sharp ear for historical discordance and a novelist's eye for illuminating detail. Provocative reading." (Publishers Weekly)
"Steers has written a careful synthesis of what is known about Lincoln's murder." (New York Review of Books)


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Customer Reviews

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Thrilling and informative

I learned much about Booth and his fellow conspirators while being entertained by the unfolding of the assassination and manhunt. The book covers some Civil War history, Abolition politics and Southern intrigue as background to the assassination but spends most of its time creating a well researched timeline of the plot and assassination.

The author dispels many common myths about the assassination plot. He convincingly shows that the government got it right when it indicted and prosecuted Dr Mudd, Mary Surratt and the others involved. He has gone back to original sources and shows where sloppy research and misunderstandings have created erroneous impressions that Booth was a lone madman.

The writing is well paced and the passages detailing the assassination and manhunt manage to be gripping while remaining factual and avoiding melodrama.The performance was slightly distracting. The reader has a tendency to enunciate every word very precisely. This hampers the ability to differentiate important details from stray background information. Still, I found the overall performance very good.

I would recommend the book to anyone interested in this pivotal chapter in American History.
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- Sean


What made the experience of listening to Blood on the Moon: The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln the most enjoyable?

The reader is clear and pleasant to the ears. Very detailed information is presented to support a view that has been in question for so long. As a history buff and constant learner, I was amazed at the questions I had running through my head that included "but what about this....." which were discussed and answered with obvious, extensive research.

What did you like best about this story?

Just amazed at the contradictory evidence to the ever popular belief that Dr. Mudd was innocent and that even in this 21st century we can question ourselves on the accuracies of written history.

What about William Coon’s performance did you like?

Mr. Coon was articulate, relaxed in his tone, and for the most part maintained continuity between chapters.

Any additional comments?

I have read several books about Lincoln and this to me was one on my short list of jaw-dropping "wow" moments that made me appreciate the hours and hours of research culminated for this well-written book.

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- Robin

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-04-2012
  • Publisher: University Press Audiobooks