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Good Brother, Bad Brother: The Story of Edwin Booth and John Wilkes Booth

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An award-winning author draws on firsthand accounts of family members, friends, and colleagues to create vivid images of famous 19th-century actor Edwin Booth and his brother John Wilkes, who shot President Lincoln. Illustrated with archival photographs.

Synopsis:

Edwin Booth and his younger brother John Wilkes Booth were, in many ways, two of a kind. They were among Americas finest actors, having inherited their fathers commanding stage presence along with his penchant for alcohol and impulsive behavior. In other respects, the two brothers were very different. Edwin was more introspective, while John was known for his passionate intensity. They stood at opposite poles politically, as well: Edwin voted for Abraham Lincoln; John was an ardent advocate of the Confederacy.

Award-winning author James Cross Giblin draws on first-hand accounts of family members, friends, and colleagues to create vivid images of Edwin Booth and his brother John Wilkes, best known today as the man who shot Abraham Lincoln. He traces the events leading up to the assassination and describes the effects of John Wilkess infamous deed on himself, his family, and his country. Comprehensive and compelling, this dual portrait illuminates a dark and tragic moment in the nations history and explores the complex legacy of two leading men—one revered, the other abhorred. Notes, bibliography, index.

About the Author

James Cross Giblin is the author of many highly regarded nonfiction books for young readers, among them Charles A. Lindbergh: A Human Hero (Clarion), The Mystery of the Mammoth Bones (HarperCollins), and, most recently, Benjamin Franklin (Scholastic). He lives in New York City.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780618096428
Author:
Giblin, James Cross
Publisher:
Clarion Books
Location:
New York
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography - Historical
Subject:
Children's 9-12 - Biography / Autobiography
Subject:
History - United States/19th Century
Subject:
Actors
Subject:
Brothers
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography - Performing Arts
Subject:
United States / Civil War Period (1850-1877)
Subject:
Family - Siblings
Subject:
Assassins
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Biography
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
May 2005
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 5 up to 9
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
10 x 7.5 x 0.63 in 1.98 lb
Age Level:
10-14

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Edwin Booth and his younger brother John Wilkes Booth were, in many ways, two of a kind. They were among Americas finest actors, having inherited their fathers commanding stage presence along with his penchant for alcohol and impulsive behavior. In other respects, the two brothers were very different. Edwin was more introspective, while John was known for his passionate intensity. They stood at opposite poles politically, as well: Edwin voted for Abraham Lincoln; John was an ardent advocate of the Confederacy.

Award-winning author James Cross Giblin draws on first-hand accounts of family members, friends, and colleagues to create vivid images of Edwin Booth and his brother John Wilkes, best known today as the man who shot Abraham Lincoln. He traces the events leading up to the assassination and describes the effects of John Wilkess infamous deed on himself, his family, and his country. Comprehensive and compelling, this dual portrait illuminates a dark and tragic moment in the nations history and explores the complex legacy of two leading men—one revered, the other abhorred. Notes, bibliography, index.

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