What I’m Reading: Lincoln’s Grave Robbers

I just finished up a book, Lincoln’s Grave Robbers by Steve Sheinkin.  It was listed as a juvenile non-fiction book…but still good and I still learned a lot.


I remember that there had been trouble keeping Lincoln’s body secure but I knew little about the making on money, the secret service of that time or the lengths people would go to.

Here’s what Amazon had to say about it, “A true crime thriller — the first book for teens to tell the nearly unknown tale of the brazen attempt to steal Abraham Lincoln’s body!  The action begins in October of 1875, as Secret Service agents raid the Fulton, Illinois, workshop of master counterfeiter Ben Boyd. Soon after Boyd is hauled off to prison, members of his counterfeiting ring gather in the back room of a smoky Chicago saloon to discuss how to spring their ringleader. Their plan: grab Lincoln’s body from its Springfield tomb, stash it in the sand dunes near Lake Michigan, and demand, as a ransom, the release of Ben Boyd –and $200,000 in cash. From here, the action alternates between the conspirators, the Secret Service agents on their trail, and the undercover agent moving back and forth between the two groups. Along the way readers get glimpses into the inner workings of counterfeiting, grave robbing, detective work, and the early days of the Secret Service. The plot moves toward a wild climax as robbers and lawmen converge at Lincoln’s tomb on election night: November 7, 1876.”

I love most things historical and love juvenile fiction and my favorite period is Civil War times so this was an easy pick for me and I really enjoyed it.  The book was quick read and does deserve the 4.5 stars that Amazon readers gave it.

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