Books: The Minutes of a Murder

THE DAY LINCOLN WAS SHOT (304 pp.) —Jim Bishop—Harper ($3.75).

The triumph and tragedy of Abraham Lincoln remains one of the great stories of U.S. history, and the poets, professors and politicians never tire of telling it in all its phases. Now an oldtime rewrite man has moved in, read 7,000,000 words of evidence about Lincoln's murder, and recast the familiar facts with startling, tabloid immediacy. In the course of his relentless, clock's-tick chronicle of the crucial hours, Jim Bishop, once of the New York News and Mirror and now editor of the Catholic...

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