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THE DAY LINCOLN WAS SHOT: AN ILLUSTRATED CHRONICLE, by Richard Bak, Taylor Publishing, 236 pages, $29.95.

This handsome companion volume to the recent Turner Network Television film, “The Day Lincoln was Shot,” traces the events leading up to the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln on April 14, 1865, and its aftermath. In his richly illustrated book, Bak examines the lives and converging paths of Lincoln and Booth; delves into the assassin’s motives; recounts the fate of the conspirators, including the controversial hanging of Mary Surratt, the first woman ever executed by the U.S. government; and investigates the many myths and legends that surround the tragedy.