Magazine March 22, 2010, Issue

Saving Lincoln

Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. (Gary Cameron/Reuters)
The First Assassin, by John J. Miller (CreateSpace, 384 pp., $14.99)

Although it’s set a century and a half ago, this thriller by veteran NR writer and first-time novelist John J. Miller deals with a problem that still bedevils us today: how a liberal society can protect itself from determined enemies without undermining its basic values.

Miller tells a compelling fictional story of an attempted assassination and other contemplated atrocities in the early days of the Lincoln administration. Assigned to ensure President Lincoln’s safety, the book’s protagonist, U.S. Army Col. Charles Rook, begins to uncover what appears to him to be a conspiracy to kill the president. After the fall of Fort

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