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The Hour of Peril

The Secret Plot to Murder Lincoln Before the Civil War

By Daniel Stashower

The Hour of Peril
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  • Published in USA  Jan 2013,
    368 pages.

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  • Sherilyn R. (bountiful, utah)


    Pinkerton's efforts to protect Lincoln
    On a cold winter's day in 1861 Lincoln and two lone bodyguards entered Washington City, capital of thirty four United States. This book detailed the drama, duplicity and secret maneuvers necessary in getting him to the capital to take on his duties as President of the disintegrating union of states.

    I liked the book, primarily because it provided information with which I was unfamiliar. But, I also like the characters, Pinkerton and Kate, Lamon and Lincoln himself.

    This was a fascinating piece of history and readers of Civil War history will enjoy this book.
  • Barbara E. (Rockville, MD)


    The Hour of Peril
    This book was a fascinating and compelling read. Although I know that Lincoln made it safely to Washington for his first inauguration, this book kept me on the edge of my seat with the unfolding details of the Baltimore assassination plot and the attempts to insure the safety of the president-elect. The contrast between the level of protection for our leaders today and the accessibility and security risks to Lincoln are startling. One often forgets how dangerous and arduous the train journey from Springfield to Washington was in 1861. The author brings all of these vividly to life.

    I found Pinkerton's biography to be particularly interesting and found his ideas about detection and his use of women as detectives to be particularly fascinating and truly ahead of his time.The personalities, virtues, flaws and rivalries of all the men and women in this book come vividly to life.

    I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in Lincoln, American history, and detective stories.
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