The men who killed Lincoln also made a bloody attempt on the life of his Secretary of State, William H. Seward. Walter Stahr's new book reveals how this savvy politician -- one of the key figures who held the Union together during the Civil War -- survived to carry on the great president's work.

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Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch is the winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. James Parker calls this Dickensian coming-of-age novel "an enveloping…