John Surratt, from the cover of John Surratt: The Lincoln Assassin Who Got Away
John Surratt: The Lincoln Assassin Who Got Away
John Surratt: The Lincoln Assassin Who Got Away

"Schein breathes new life into a transformative episode that has been neglected for too long. “John Surratt” is a fascinating read" says The Bellingham Herald's Barbara Lloyd McMichael.  Click here for the full review.


Publishers Weekly chimes in with its review, calling it a "gripping true-crime thriller."  PW says that "open-minded readers will find Schein's research and arguments thought-provoking."  Click here for the full review.


GREAT new review from the influential Civil War blog "Cannonba!!":  "Michael Schein’s new book is a very important addition to the historiography of the Lincoln assassination. The definitive biography of John H. Surratt, this work is deeply researched, well written, and highly informative. Schein gives us an excellent sense of Surratt the man, as well as examining the legend and myths surrounding his involvement in Booth’s plans."  The reviewer concludes that this is an "interesting, entertaining, and fast-paced new book." ~ Scott Mingus, Cannonba!!  Click here to read the full review.


“John Surratt was indeed the Lincoln assassin who got away, but, fortunately, he will not escape history thanks to Michael Schein. In this well-researched, beautifully written account of John Surratt, Schein brings historical justice to a man who has been given a pass for too long. It is long overdue.” ~ Edward Steers, Jr., Author (among other works) of Lincoln’s Assassination, The Lincoln Assassination Encyclopedia, Blood on the Moon, The Quotable Lincoln, His Name is Still Mudd, and editor of The Trial: the Assassination of President Lincoln and the Trial of the Conspirators.


"Michael Schein has written a fast-moving, vivid account of one of the best and most bewildering stories to come out of the Civil War.  A bonus is Schein's excellent analysis of Surratt's trial, one of the more interesting and bizarre legal affairs of the era. Bravo!" ~ S.C. Gwynne, author of Rebel Yell: The Violence, Passion, and Redemption of Stonewall Jackson and Empire of the Summer Moon


"Don’t let him get away again!  This is a must read about the elusive John Surratt, Jr.’s involvement in Booth’s plot against Lincoln.  Michael Schein’s fast-paced narrative propels us on a breathtaking journey as we follow Surratt from Elmira, New York to Alexandria, Egypt, to his capture, escape, arrest, trial and final freedom.  Highly recommended!" ~ Joan Chaconas, History Specialist, Surratt House Museum


"Michael Schein’s book takes the reader on the footsteps of John Surratt and the other protagonists of the plot against the American President Abraham Lincoln. The author explores every aspect of the young Confederate spy’s life and his incredible escape through three continents, he  competently analyzes  the documents related to the event and suggests sharable hypotheses when documents do not provide enough elements to understand the issues. Any intricacies in the story are told with a plain though engaging writing style, while the reader is always given the option to draw free conclusions. The final part of the work clearly shows Michael Schein’s deep knowledge of Surratt's trial papers and the close relationship with the previous trials of the conspirators.” ~ Giancarlo Onorati, author of L’Ultimo dei Conspiratori (Last of the Conspirators), Professor, “Pacifici and De Magistris,” Sezze, Italia




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