Synopses & Reviews
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.
"The writing is engaging and eminently readable...consummate storytelling. What a story! This is nonfiction at its finest." SLJ, starred
"Giblin is brilliant...breathtaking clarity...readers will be engrossed until the very last footnote." BOOKLIST, starred review
"Giblin raises his biographical curtain....opens a wealth of avenues for further reading...put[s] faces to the history." HORN BOOK
"[A] dual biography by a master of the art...Giblin weaves high drama." THE WASHINGTON POST BOOK WORLD
* "Giblin is brilliant . . . breathtaking clarity . . . readers will be engrossed until the very last footnote."
—Booklist, starred review
"Giblin raises his biographical curtain . . . opens a wealth of avenues for further reading . . . put[s] faces to the history."
* "The writing is engaging and eminently readable . . . consummate storytelling. What a story! This is nonfiction at its finest."
—School Library Journal, starred review
* "Compelling . . . fascinating biography of brothers during a time of war . . . readable and interesting."
—Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"[A] dual biography by a master of the art . . . Giblin weaves high drama."
—The Washington Post Book World
"[Giblin] offers a particularly poignant picture . . . relates the fraternal saga with verve as well as diligence."
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 menone revered, the other abhorred. Notes, bibliography, index.
About the Author
James Cross Giblin is the author of more than twenty critically acclaimed books for young people. His book The Life and Death of Adolf Hitler received the Robert F. Sibert Award for Informational Books. Mr. Giblin lives in New York City.