American Brutus: John Wilkes Booth and the Lincoln Conspiracies
Shame on me for judging a book I haven't read yet (but own), but James Swanson's "Manhunt," which came four years after Kauffman's book, seems to be the mainstrea ...more
The assassination, and the conspiracy behind it, have fascinated us for years, but too many of the books about it are poorly researched and rely on the author's personal biases for facts. This has resulted in a great deal of misinformation becoming accepted as truth. The author of American Brutus has been careful to use primary sources for hi ...more
I had always assumed Booth was a Souther ...more
One interesting thing is that Kauffman believes Booth did not break his ankle leaping to the stage. Kauffman believes there is strong circumstantial evidence that Booth injured his ankle when his horse fell.
This is one of those books where you will want to keep a marker in the footnote section at the end of the book. Often there is further information equally fascinating.
He paints detailed word portraits of the many players, both major and minor, and vividly depicts the events leading up to the murderous attack on Lincoln, Seward and assorted innocent bystanders, the hunt for the conspirators, the shooting of Booth, the trial and hanging of ...more
One of the defining themes revolve ...more
Calling Kauffman's research 'comprehensive' or 'exhaustive' would be an understatement; the author appears to know more about the conspiracy surrounding Lincoln's assassination than anyone else alive today. That knowledge, combined with his computer-generated timeline, allowed him to write what The New York Times describes as "a forensically precise" account. But this is no dry, scholarly volume. Kauffman's storytelling skill engages readers even though most already know the basics of the case;...more
Not until Chapter Five do we get a glimpse of Booth's background. His father was also an actor and seemed to get along well with the "rented" s ...more
The author's take on Booth's plight is insightful and well researched. I truly enjoyed this book and the 550 pages flew by!
My favorite part is the description of the political climate before the assassination. Some papers were dropping strong hints that someone should shoot Lincoln, something the most anti-incumbent newspaper would never do today. I think it's a reflection of how much our cu ...more
I really enjoyed this book because it provided a lot of details that I leaned ...more