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In this month’s After Hours: The assassination of President Abraham Lincoln, and the search for his killer, has had meaning for James Swanson long before he turned the events into a best-selling book. Plus, a new exhibit at the National Library of Medicine details the history and science of forensic medicine; and a new biography on Sandra Day O’Connor examines the “justice in the middle.”
Chasing History’s Villain James Swanson (right) has held this annual vigil for years; April 14 has had iconic meaning for him since long before he turned the story of Abraham Lincoln’s death, and the ensuing search for his assassin, into a runaway best seller.
A Search for Death’s Meaning A new exhibition at the National Library of Medicine, titled “Visible Proofs: Forensic Views of the Body,” serves as a pointed reality check. The exhibit, located on the National Institutes of Health campus in Bethesda, Md., details the history and science of forensic medicine, a branch of science that interprets the facts in civil or criminal law cases, particularly when a death is suspicious or unexplained.
The Arizona Politician With Old-Boy Connections Given the new Supreme Court led by John Roberts Jr., including Samuel Alito Jr.’s replacement of the “justice in the middle,” Joan Biskupic’s engaging new biography of Sandra Day O’Connor is perfectly timed and focused.

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