The Lincoln Conspiracy: The Secret Plot to Kill America's 16th President⁠—and Why It Failed

The Lincoln Conspiracy: The Secret Plot to Kill America's 16th President⁠—and Why It Failed

Everyone knows the story of Abraham Lincoln’s assassination in 1865, but few are aware of the original conspiracy to kill him four years earlier in 1861, literally on his way to Washington, DC, for his first inauguration.

The conspirators were part of a pro-Southern secret society that didn’t want an anti-slavery President in the White House. They planned an elaborate scheme to assassinate the brand new President in a Baltimore train station as Lincoln’s inauguration train passed through en route to the Capital. The plot was investigated by famed detective Allan Pinkerton, who infiltrated the group with undercover agents, including one of the first female private detectives in America. Had the assassination succeeded, there would have been no Lincoln Presidency, and the course of the Civil War and American history would have forever been altered.

The bestselling team that brought you The First Conspiracy now turns their attention to the story of the secret society that tried to kill Abraham Lincoln and the undercover detectives who foiled their plans.

Title:The Lincoln Conspiracy: The Secret Plot to Kill America's 16th President⁠—and Why It Failed
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781250317476
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  • Brad Meltzer

    I'm biased, but I loved it. Seriously, can't WAIT to share this with you all! xo...

  • Matt

    In their second collaborative piece about a little-known assassination plot on a president, Brad Meltzer and Josh Mensch turn to one of the most beloved—or hated, depending on your outlook—men eve...

  • KC

    This is the great story of how a small-time detective firm and its agents (men & women) were able to infiltrate, gather information, and befriend the members of a well established pro-Southern secret ...

  • Martin Strouse

    FantasticThis book is three stories in one. We learn about President Lincoln’s early life. Also, Allan Pinkerton, a detective , hired to investigate a threat to a railroad, instead discovers a threa...

  • Monnie

    True story: A college history class was so bad that I changed my major to avoid taking another one - and changed the course of my career (for the better, fortunately, but that's another story). Suffic...

  • David

    Brad Meltzer's second presidential conspiracy is a fast paced thriller with a difference. It actually happened! Had the assassination plot been successful would have had devastating results for the yo...

  • Shari

    Fantastic! I easily give this book 5 stars. The historical detail is amazing. Clearly Meltzer and Mensch did a lot of research—all well documented. The details are woven through a compelling narrati...

  • Gary Parkes

    Another excellent read from Brad Meltzer! Highly recommend!...

  • W. Whalin

    Read this Page TurnerBestselling author Brad Meltzer has combined forces again with historian Josh Mensch to create another riveting look at history about our 16th President Abraham Lincoln. I’ve be...

  • Diana Suddreth

    The Lincoln Conspiracy is a wonderful book, well-written, and fascinating. It is a glimpse into a piece of history I had never heard about before, much less read about, and the side story of the origi...