Pen & Sword Books -Lincoln’s Assasin: The Unsolicited Confessions of J Wilkes Booth


By J.F. Pennington

Published by Pen & Sword Books Ltd

Copyright © J. F. Pennington, 2014

ISBN 978 1 78346 292 6

Retail: £18.99 UK / $24.95 US

Lincoln’s Assasin: The Unsolicited Confessions of J Wilkes Booth

What if? This seems to be the question that is always asked in some of the most pivotal moments in history. Take this perspective and apply it to John Wilks Booth, the man who assassinated President Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln’s Assasin: The Unsolicited Confessions of J Wilkes Booth, by J.F. Pennington, is an enigmatic look into the “what if” if Booth had never been killed in Garrett’s barn when he was hunted down for shooting the President.

J.F. Pennington presents a fictitious view given by John Wilks Booth as if he escaped death on April 26th, 1865. Based on mostly historical accounts and designed in part with the associating Booth’s fictional personal confessions and a bit of literary license from the sixteen pages of his own diary left behind that night at the barn.

This book is laid out as a play whereas the chapters are Acts of a play and each broken down into Scenes.


  • Introduction
  • Prologue: The Dream
  • Act 1 – An End To Exile
  • Entr’Acte: The Day
  • Act II – The Journey Home
  • Intermezzo: The Dead
  • Act III The Mark of a Man
  • Entr’Acte: The Diary
  • Act IV – Contrition
  • Epilogue: The Dawn
  • Curtain

This book is written as the personal confession from Booth himself as he reemerges from his own exile after 25 years to regain some sort of lost self-possession. The book does have an interesting approach to what is undoubtedly a theorist’s fantasy; giving the reader a very plausibility to Booth cheating death and go on to live, only to come back in an attempt to expose those who he felt were responsible for the deadly consequences of his actions.

The book gives a rather interesting perspective on what was happening for the times and though largely based on theory, opens up to paint a broader picture of the man and the conspiracy abound the Lincoln assassination as seen from John Wilks Booth himself. If you are a fan of the “what if” or a true conspiracy theorist at heart you will enjoy the book.

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