Shooting Lincoln (Hardcover)
Mathew Brady, Alexander Gardner, and the Race to Photograph the Story of the Century
Da Capo Press, 9780306824692, 272pp.
Publication Date: September 19, 2017
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Digital Audiobook (9/18/2017)
Mathew Brady and Alexander Gardner were the new media moguls of their day. With their photographs they brought the Civil War--and all of its terrible suffering--into Northern living rooms. By the end of the war, they were locked in fierce competition.
And when the biggest story of the century happened--the assassination of Abraham Lincoln--their paparazzi-like competition intensified. Brady, nearly blind and hoping to rekindle his wartime photographic magic, and Gardner, his former understudy, raced against each other to the theater where Lincoln was shot, to the autopsy table where Booth was identified, and to the gallows where the conspirators were hanged. Whoever could take the most sensational--or ghastly--photograph would achieve lasting camera-lens fame.
Compelling and riveting, Shooting Lincoln tells the astonishing, behind-the-photographs story of these two media pioneers who raced to "shoot" the late president and the condemned conspirators. The photos they took electrified the country, fed America's growing appetite for tabloid-style sensationalism in the news, and built the media we know today.
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Praise For Shooting Lincoln: Mathew Brady, Alexander Gardner, and the Race to Photograph the Story of the Century…
"Nicholas Pistor has written an engaging account of Civil War-era photographers Mathew Brady and Alexander Gardner and the birth of American news photography. Pistor's riveting narrative of Abraham Lincoln's assassination and its aftermath is by itself well worth the read."--Joseph Wheelan, author of Terrible Swift Sword and Their Last Full Measure
"A remarkable history of Civil War era journalism."—Midwest Book Review
"A gripping read...[written with] urgency and flair."—Wall Street Journal
"An engaging read."—Washington Independent Review of Books
"Pistor makes a convincing case that the efforts of Brady and Gardner consciously and often heroically documented history."—Santa Fe New Mexican