The scene of John Wilkes Booth shooting Abraham Lincoln in Ford's Theatre is among the most vivid and indelible images in American history. The literal story of what happened on April 14, 1865, is familiar: Lincoln was killed by John Wilkes Booth, a lunatic enraged by the Union victory and the prospect of black citizenship. Yet who Booth really was-besides a killer-is less well known. The magnitude of his crime has obscured for generations a startling...
2) My thoughts be bloody: [the bitter rivalry between Edwin and John Wilkes Booth that led to an American tragedy]
Titone's first book is an eyeopening new look at the man who assassinated Abraham Lincoln. By asking why John Wilkes Booth did what he did, Titone explores fresh ground--and in so doing reveals a sibling rivalry of shocking consequence.