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American Brutus

John Wilkes Booth and the Lincoln Conspiracies

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Publisher Description

It is a tale as familiar as our history primers: A deranged actor, John Wilkes Booth, killed Abraham Lincoln in Ford’s Theatre, escaped on foot, and eluded capture for twelve days until he met his fiery end in a Virginia tobacco barn. In the national hysteria that followed, eight others were arrested and tried; four of those were executed, four imprisoned. Therein lie all the classic elements of a great thriller. But the untold tale is even more fascinating.

Now, in American Brutus, Michael W. Kauffman, one of the foremost Lincoln assassination authorities, takes familiar history to a deeper level, offering an unprecedented, authoritative account of the Lincoln murder conspiracy. Working from a staggering array of archival sources and new research, Kauffman sheds new light on the background and motives of John Wilkes Booth, the mechanics of his plot to topple the Union government, and the trials and fates of the conspirators.

Piece by piece, Kauffman explains and corrects common misperceptions and analyzes the political motivation behind Booth’s plan to unseat Lincoln, in whom the assassin saw a treacherous autocrat, “an American Caesar.” In preparing his study, Kauffman spared no effort getting at the truth: He even lived in Booth’s house, and re-created key parts of Booth’s escape. Thanks to Kauffman’s discoveries, readers will have a new understanding of this defining event in our nation’s history, and they will come to see how public sentiment about Booth at the time of the assassination and ever since has made an accurate account of his actions and motives next to impossible–until now.

In nearly 140 years there has been an overwhelming body of literature on the Lincoln assassination, much of it incomplete and oftentimes contradictory. In American Brutus, Kauffman finally makes sense of an incident whose causes and effects reverberate to this day. Provocative, absorbing, utterly cogent, at times controversial, this will become the definitive text on a watershed event in American history.

November 2
Random House Publishing Group
Penguin Random House LLC

Customer Reviews

drtgaither ,

A thrilling true story!

The Definitive account of the Assassination of Abraham Lincoln and one of the best history books I’ve ever read.

Dadude59 ,

Fascinating History

Although I grew up in Baltimore, and have lived much of my life in the area where most of these events unfold, I am amazed at how much of this story I did not know. Thank you to the author for bringing the facts to the forefront so we can know more of the truth about this pivotal moment in American history. A fascinating look back at a dark time for this country. Well done!

special*K ,

A great read!

I have always wanted to more about the story of John Wilkes Booth and this book is a very thorough description of his character and actions. I was totally surprised by how engaging and exciting American Brutus was to read. Reads like a fast paced movie and is a page turner!

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