The Hour of Peril: The Secret Plot to Murder Lincoln Before the Civil War (CD-Audio)

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DANIEL STASHOWER is an acclaimed biographer and narrative historian and winner of the Edgar, Agatha, and Anthony awards, and the Raymond Chandler Fulbright Fellowship in Detective Fiction. His work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Smithsonian Magazine, AARP: The Magazine, and National Geographic Traveler as well as other publications.

“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 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 with The Hour of Peril Stashower has crafted a spellbinding historical narrative with the pace and urgency of a race-against-the-clock thriller.

A Washington Post Notable Nonfiction Book of 2013

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ISBN 9781427229236
Genre HISTORY / United States / Civil War Period (1850-1877)
Format CD-Audio
Publisher Date 2013-01-29 00:00:00.0
Publisher Macmillan Audio
Copyright Year 2013
Height 6.0 in
Wdth 5.25 in
Thickness 1.25 in
Unit weight 0.7 lb
Language English
Subtitle The Secret Plot to Murder Lincoln Before the Civil War
Volume Number 11
Edition Detail Unabridged
Audience General/trade
Authors Stashower, Daniel
Country of Origin United States

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    Absolutely boring unless you are interested in train scheduls of 1861 and the life and times of Alan Pinkerton. The writing is so poor that it is only of high school grade. Never should have purchased it.

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