“No harm’s done to history by making it something someone would want to read.”  - David McCullough

Michael Schein is the author of the nonfiction history, John Surratt: the Lincoln Assassin Who Got Away (September 1, 2015), as well as two acclaimed historical novels, Bones Beneath Our Feet (2011) and Just Deceits (2008).  He is a former professor of American Legal History, a lively and engaging speaker, and a historian with a deep love and understanding of how the past touches the present.


"Gripping" and "thought-provoking," says Publishers Weekly. John Surratt: the Lincoln Assassin Who Got Away, is a groundbreaking book that gives us a whole new perspective on one of the seminal events of American history. Surratt was Booth’s closest associate during the four months leading up to the assassination, and he was a known member of the Confederate Secret Service with ties to the highest levels of Confederate Government.  If there is a missing link between Jefferson Davis and the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, his name is John Surratt.  Adding to the intrigue, Surratt’s two-year run from the law is a fascinating adventure, spanning the globe from New York to Canada, Great Britain, France, Italy and Egypt.


For information on John Surratt: The Lincoln Assassin Who Got Away or Michael's other books, please click on the covers below.


Special Notice from the Author:  The ONLY authorized editions of my new JOHN SURRATT: THE LINCOLN ASSASSIN WHO GOT AWAY, are released by Bennett & Hastings Publishing.   The authorized KINDLE Edition is now available from Amazon, as of today, September 2, 2015.


For media interviews and to schedule appearances, please use the contact page on this site. Michael is also available to Skype with book groups! To request a Skype appearance, please contact Michael directly through the contact page.


Michael is also a widely-published poet. For information on MICHAEL's POETRY, please visit www.wryink.com


John Surratt:

The Lincoln Assassin Who Got Away

has been named a Foreword's Book Of The Year Awards Indiefab Finalist.

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