Friday, July 15, 2011

History IS Better Than Fiction

I finished reading Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln's Killer this morning. Earlier this week, I read The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. It really is true, however, that history is far more interesting than some fictional thriller.

I never could have guessed that the man who was in the theater box with Lincoln (his name was Rathbone) and survived Booth's attack would later stab his own wife to death! Or that the man who actually shot Booth had actually castrated himself out of a radical Origen-esque obedience to Christ, or that this same man would later hold the Kansas legislature hostage with a gun before being committed to an insane asylum, only to later escape and never be seen from again.

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