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American Brutus : John Wilkes Booth and the Lincoln Conspiracies (05 Edition)

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It is a tale as familiar as our history primers: A deranged actor, John Wilkes Booth, killed Abraham Lincoln in Fords Theatre, escaped on foot, and eluded capture for twelve days until he met his fiery end in a Virginia tobacco barn. In the national hysteria that followed, eight others were arrested and tried; four of those were executed, four imprisoned. Therein lie all the classic elements of a great thriller. But the untold tale is even more fascinating.

Now, in American Brutus, Michael W. Kauffman, one of the foremost Lincoln assassination authorities, takes familiar history to a deeper level, offering an unprecedented, authoritative account of the Lincoln murder conspiracy. Working from a staggering array of archival sources and new research, Kauffman sheds new light on the background and motives of John Wilkes Booth, the mechanics of his plot to topple the Union government, and the trials and fates of the conspirators.

Piece by piece, Kauffman explains and corrects common misperceptions and analyzes the political motivation behind Booths plan to unseat Lincoln, in whom the assassin saw a treacherous autocrat, “an American Caesar.” In preparing his study, Kauffman spared no effort getting at the truth: He even lived in Booths house, and re-created key parts of Booths escape. Thanks to Kauffmans discoveries, readers will have a new understanding of this defining event in our nations history, and they will come to see how public sentiment about Booth at the time of the assassination and ever since has made an accurate account of his actions and motives next to impossible-until now.

In nearly 140 years there has been an overwhelming body of literature on the Lincoln assassination, much of it incomplete and oftentimes contradictory. In American Brutus, Kauffman finally makes sense of an incident whose causes and effects reverberate to this day. Provocative, absorbing, utterly cogent, at times controversial, this will become the definitive text on a watershed event in American history.

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One of the foremost Lincoln assassination authorities takes familiar history to a deeper level, offering an unprecedented, authoritative account of the Lincoln murder conspiracy.

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Anne R from Maryland, February 1, 2012 (view all comments by Anne R from Maryland)
Until I read this book, I knew little of Lincoln's assassin other than he was a famous actor from a famous acting family. American Brutus was very enlightening as to Booth's character and motives. He was not a monster, a lunatic, or a pawn of other interests. He was in many ways a good man--loving, kindhearted, charming, considerate, and (despite what some have said) an excellent actor. But he was also a white supremacist and passionate Confederate partisan. As it became clear that the South was going to lose the war, Booth became desperate to do something for the cause. This is not so much a biography of Booth as an account, carefully researched and vividly told, of the assassination, with an extensive backstory on Booth. I would have preferred more detail on his stage career, and perhaps less on the trials of the conspirators, but all in all this is a fascinating read.
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margpatten, November 23, 2007 (view all comments by margpatten)
American Brutus is an outstanding book. I had the pleasure of going on a Booth escape route tour with Mr. Kauffman several years ago and discovered his in-depth knowledge of Booth and Lincoln's assassination. I would venture to say that no one knows more than he and was pleased to learn he had written the book. It is a must for anyone interested in the subject. Once you start reading, it is difficult to put down.
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ISBN:
9780375759741
Author:
Kauffman, Michael W.
Publisher:
Random House Trade
Subject:
General
Subject:
United States - Civil War
Subject:
United States - General
Subject:
US History-1800 to Civil War
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20051031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
16 PP PHOTOS
Pages:
544
Dimensions:
8.08x5.24x1.17 in. .85 lbs.

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