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Worst Seat in the House: Henry Rathbone's Front Row View of the Lincoln Assassination

3.48  ·  Rating Details ·  33 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
On April 14, 1865 John Wilkes Booth changed the world with a single bullet. The assassination of Abraham Lincoln had many repercussions and for Henry Rathbone they were profound. Henry was the only man to confront Booth and attempt to apprehend the assassin. Henry was also the man that let Booth escape. While Henry wasn't officially blamed for allowing John Wilkes Booth to ...more
Hardcover, 202 pages
Published February 17th 2014 by Willow Manor Publishing
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Jun 12, 2014 Ionia rated it really liked it
Being just a tad bit of a Lincoln junkie, I knew when I saw this book that I had to read it. This book, for me, was a cut above the rest before I even opened the cover, as it actually recognised the important roles of Major Rathbone and his future wife, Clara Harris. This is very unusual for any account of Lincoln's assassination.

Right away this was an interesting and different perspective of a tragedy that has been covered countless times before. Mr. Stephens did a good job researching his sub
Apr 02, 2014 Alicia rated it liked it
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I thought this book had a great concept. Personally, I was unaware that the Lincoln’s shared their box with another couple. The author raises many great points, such as in today’s world of social media. Henry Rathbone would have become an instant celebrity. His story would have been all over the internet and TV in a matter of minutes. Unfortunately, in 1865, very little information was gathered about Henry. Due to this fact, the author does make a lot of speculation on what may have happened and ...more
Trey Mustian
Apr 30, 2014 Trey Mustian rated it really liked it
If you are a history buff and interested in the Lincoln assassination, this is a must- read. This book is meticulously researched and documented. It presents one of the most traumatic events in our nation's history through the perspective of Henry Rathborne and his fiancé Clara who were in the Ford Theater on that fateful night with the Lincolns only by happenstance... or perhaps fate.
Jason Parent
Oct 25, 2014 Jason Parent rated it really liked it
Used for research purposes... A little too much conjecture, but loaded with useful facts.
Zeb Kantrowitz
May 24, 2014 Zeb Kantrowitz rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley-read
What effect would there be on you if you might have stopped John Wilkes Booth from assassinating President Lincoln, or at least capturing him? On the night of April 14, 1965 Major Henry Rathbone and his fiancée were guests of the Lincoln’s at Ford’s Theater. Having been in battle during the Civil War, Rathbone was familiar with weapons and killing. But, Booth stabbed him in his left arm cutting him from elbow to shoulder. Bleeding heavily, Rathbone couldn’t hold onto Booth who then escaped.

May 21, 2014 Jessica rated it it was ok
Although this book was intriguing and I was interested to learn about Henry and Clara Rathbone I was quite disappointed. The structure of the book was confusing and reminded me in several ways (none of them good) of Bill O'Reilly's Killing Lincoln. The author seemed to be more interested in the death of Clara and Lincoln than anything else. In fact when the first chapter or so talked about it I was afraid there was not going to be any discussion of the Rathbone's actual lives. Even so, Clara is ...more
Melinda Borie
Jun 04, 2014 Melinda Borie rated it it was ok
Brilliant idea for a book but the execution was sloppy. There may not have been enough material to make a complete book, here, but the biographical facts that were present were the best parts. The places where this book faltered were the ones in which it veered too much toward speculation, stretching to make arguments, and felt somewhat like a term paper in historical psychology. This editorializing added a lot of unnecessary padding to an interesting story.
Jun 03, 2014 Cindy rated it liked it
I have never given a thought to whom might of been sitting with President Lincoln and his wife on the night of the assassination. Henry Rathbone's life changed dramatically as a result of being the Lincoln's guest at the play. This book focuses on the effect of the assassination on Henry and how one tramatic event can cause PTSD.
Michele Agostinelli
Mar 24, 2016 Michele Agostinelli rated it did not like it
Couldn't even finish it. I think the first chapter or so would have been enough to explain who he was, what happened to him after the assassination. Just not interesting enough to finish and I love historical fiction/non-fiction.
I didn't even know there were other people in the box with the Lincoln's, let alone that they had such an interesting story! Find the whole review on my blog:
Chip Carman
Nov 13, 2015 Chip Carman rated it really liked it
A great read. It's about the man in the room with Lincoln when he is assasinated. He marries the woman he went to the theater, goes mad and kills her. And spent the rest of his life in an insane asylum in Europe. Great for fans of Lincoln. What a back story!
Chaplain Stanleigh Chapin
Important history lesson

I had accepted a version of this dramatic event as it was taught in school. My interpretation was incomplete, not actually factional and misconceived.
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