Booknotes Roundtable: Presidential Assassinations
Jun 7, 2004
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A roundtable discussion about presidential assassinations was held with authors featured in the anthology, edited by Brian Lamb, Booknotes on American Character: People, Politics, and Conflict in American History
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A roundtable discussion about presidential assassinations was held with authors featured in the anthology, edited by Brian Lamb, Booknotes on American Character: People, Politics, and Conflict in American History, published by PublicAffairs. Mr. Rauchway participated via video link. Among the topics they discussed were the psychology of assassination in America, the effects of assassination attempts on presidents and the effect of the assassinations on history. The authors responded to viewer telephone calls.
Kenneth Ackerman is the author of Dark Horse: The Surprise Election and Political Murder of President James A. Garfield, published by Carroll and Graff. The book examines President Garfield’s 1880 “dark horse” campaign after the 36 ballots in the Republican convention, his victory in the closest-ever popular vote for president, his struggle against feuding factions once elected, and the public’s response to its culmination in violence.
Edward Steers is the author of Blood on the Moon: The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln, published by the University Press of Kentucky. The book examines three major assassination theories, including the claim that Dr. Samuel Mudd was not part of the conspiracy to assassinate the president and that the Confederate government was involved.
Eric Rauchway is the author of Murdering McKinley: The Making of Theodore Roosevelt’s America, published by Hill and Wang. The book recounts how assassin Leon Czolgosz, the late President McKinley, and President Theodore Roosevelt defined the Progressive Era.