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The Madman and the Assassin


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Scott Martelle, an editorial writer for the Los Angeles Times, is the author of The Admiral and the Ambassador, Blood Passion, Detroit: A Biography, and The Fear Within.


"A curious portrait of a celebrity nonentity caught up in the throes of history." Kirkus "History buffs will enjoy this fast-paced, well-told addition to the literature on Lincoln and the Civil War." Library Journal "With the journalist's eye for a telling detail, a historian's ability to unearth an untold tale, and a writer's keen sense of drama, Scott Martelle renders a fascinating portrait of one of the oddest figures to walk across the pages of Civil War history. To the reader's good fortune, Martelle separates myth from the man and provides a sympathetic, engaging, and authentic portrait of the soldier who killed one of America's most famous assassins." James McGrath Morris, author of Pulitzer and The Rose Man of Sing Sing "A fascinating look at Boston Corbett, an eccentric who appears at one of the critical junctures in American history. Scott Martelle deftly brings Corbett's nineteenth-century world back to life in his compelling tale of murder and madness." Julia Flynn Siler, author of The House of Mondavi and Lost Kingdom "Perhaps Martelle's biggest contribution to Lincoln lore is his detailed examination of Corbett's post-Booth life." Cannonball!! "Mr. Martelle has done an admirable job of researching Corbett's life. Serious students of the Civil War may be happy to learn more about the obscure oddball who killed the assassin." The Wall Street Journal

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