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In a time when brother was pitted against brother, no family was more divided than the Booths.



The United States has become violently polarized. Political fanaticism divides an embittered populace. A recently elected President—an energizing symbol of change for some, and a harbinger of the downfall of America for others—stands at the center of the turmoil. It is 1865, and J
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Paperback, 176 pages
Published March 30th 2010 by First Second (first published 2010)
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Matthew
I'm a little surprised at all the negative and ho-hum reviews people have given this title. Admittedly I'm a bit of a Booth fan. Ok, fan may not be the right word. I'm fascinated by the man, and have been ever since I had a job at the box office at Ford's Theatre so I tend to pick up everything I run across on him. That this is a graphic novel only made it more appealing to me.

The book basically charts the main lines of Booth's life from early childhood up to the assasination, highlighting his r
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Alex Telander
C. C. Colbert has been an American history teacher and has published over twenty books on the subject. Acknowledging the changing times, she has now written an in-depth graphic novel on John Wilkes Booth, illustrated by the French bande desinée (graphic novel) artist, Tanitoc. In her author’s note, Colbert admits it is historical fiction, but tells the reader she did the research and is keeping it as accurate as possible. The art style has a grainy, sketchy look, making it seem like something ol ...more
Emily
I don't really like when a nonfiction book takes a lot of filling-in-the-blank liberties with the unknowable moments, dialogue, emotions, etc of a historical event. However, Booth does not claim to be nonfiction and Colbert's take on Booth is quite how I imagined him. The sequence of Lincoln's assassination was fragmentary and dreamlike; I found it very effective and got a little teary-eyed. Sometimes I get a bit lost in graphic novels when i feel that the characters are not all clearly distingu ...more
Joant
C'mon. I should be able to tell characters apart in a graphic novel. Here the art was so indistinct I often could not tell who was who. I was sort of shocked by such seemingly careless art. If that style was supposed to convey insight it escaped me. And was that sex scene really needed? I got the point without the graphics, and young teens would have too. Too bad, because the story itself was interesting; I enjoyed the Edwin Booth part especially.
Colleen Venable
Oh gaudy victorian-ness. How I love you so! This book could also be called "Booth is a ladies man...but yeah, still a big jerk."
Deborah
I'm on the fence on this one. It's historical fiction which I LOVE, it's a subject I found fascinating, with the Civil War in the background, so passionate a subject it even divided families, and the life of John Wilkes Booth, at odds with his own family because of his heartfelt beliefs. I actually loved the writing, starting with chapter dividers which relayed in beautiful script what was about to transpire. Booth was part of a famous acting family, but lingered in the shadow of his drunkard br ...more
Hugo Schoen
‘Booth’ is a historically fictitious account of John Wilkes Booth, the actor, from a prominent theatre family, known for pulling the trigger and ending the life of one of America’s most beloved presidents, Abraham Lincoln. The graphic novel is a piece of dramatized fiction due to the little known direct accounts of Booth’s life and attempts to shed light on a man forever immortalized and intertwined with one of the United States’ great historical leaders. Through extensive research, Colbert stit ...more
Rich F
In a time when brother was pitted against brother, no family was more divided than the Booths.

The United States has become violently polarized. Political fanaticism divides an embittered populace. A recently elected President—an energizing symbol of change for some, and a harbinger of the downfall of America for others—stands at the center of the turmoil. It is 1865, and John Wilkes Booth is about to assassinate the President of the United States.

From the pen of American historian C.C. Colbert a
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David Bales
Excellent graphic novel about the last couple of years of John Wilkes Booth and his divided family, (Edwin Booth was for the Union and Wilkes for the Confederacy) and the tortured, wretched soul that was too afraid to join the army to fight but preferred back-room scheming to kidnap or kill Lincoln. Can be read in an hour or so, and it is surprisingly how small the Washington social world of the Civil War was, (Booth fell in love with the daughter of New Hampshire Senator Hale and actually met R ...more
Eli
In her 20+ years as a historian and academician, C.C. Colbert must've had it drilled into her countless times: historians do not assign motive and emotion to historical figures. Alas, motive and emotion are fiction's fuel. So even though I now know a lot more about John Wilkes Booth's side of events leading up to his assassination of Abraham Lincoln, I still don't know much about why he did what he did and how he felt about it. Still a nicer way to get a quick dose of history than most tomes out ...more
Matthew
This book does a decent job of presenting who Booth was and possible reasons for his acting as he did. Pairing it with Rick Geary's Treasury of Victorian Murder: The Murder of Abraham Lincoln seems advisable to get a better rounded view of the times and event. (One could wish that an artist more in the style of Geary had illustrated this volume as Tanitoc's illustration style does not well serve the subject matter.)
Fuego En Mi Corazon
This graphic novel biography of Booth gave a fascinating view of John Wilkes Booth's life that could not be described in regular text books. The art was striking and deep, the dark style of the artist accentuated Booth's dark life. An interesting read, but not too useful for use in studying, as there aren't very many dates and places named.
Rosa
This is a case of I really wanted to like this book but just couldn't get into it. The premise was really interesting but I just couldn't keep characters straight (because of the drawings, not the actions) and I guess too much was left out for me. Art style was all done in sepia tones which seemed extremely fitting.
Jon
A beautiful and well-researched little book. Some of the illustrations are a little strianed at times (the artist, Tanitoc, seems to have a problem with drawing hands), but he keeps a great tone throughout the book. I would love to see more of these on all manner of historic subjects.
Candice M (tinylibrarian)
Unfortunately, I found the pacing sluggish, the artwork to be meh, and was not sure about its teen appeal. I've had a couple of GGN meetings with my teens where they get to pick which titles to read and review and so far only one has chosen this title.
Joy
Ho-hum graphic novel biography of John Wilkes Booth. The artwork was a little sloppy, and a little too dependent on its character color coding to distinguish characters, and I'm not convinced that it has real teen appeal.
Cynthia
Would've rated this title higher if artwork was of better quality. Come on, it's a graphic novel.
Melanie
Way too many characters not clearly identified, therefore making the story hard to follow.
Jim
not fond of the art, reminds me of heavily inked comic strip art from the early twentieth century.
Matt
Great to see all this historical stuff committed to graphic novel form.
Edward Sullivan
Odd and disappointing.
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