American Brutus: John Wilkes Booth and the Lincoln by Michael W. Kauffman

By Michael W. Kauffman

It's a story as wide-spread as our background primers: A deranged actor, John Wilkes sales space, killed Abraham Lincoln in Ford’s Theatre, escaped walking, and eluded seize for twelve days till he met his fiery lead to a Virginia tobacco barn. within the nationwide hysteria that undefined, 8 others have been arrested and attempted; 4 of these have been achieved, 4 imprisoned. Therein lie the entire vintage components of a superb mystery. however the untold story is much more fascinating.

Now, in American Brutus, Michael W. Kauffman, one of many top-rated Lincoln assassination gurus, takes primary background to a deeper point, supplying an unheard of, authoritative account of the Lincoln homicide conspiracy. operating from a brilliant array of archival resources and new learn, Kauffman sheds new gentle at the heritage and factors of John Wilkes sales space, the mechanics of his plot to topple the Union govt, and the rigors and fates of the conspirators.

Piece by means of piece, Kauffman explains and corrects universal misperceptions and analyzes the political motivation in the back of Booth’s plan to unseat Lincoln, in whom the murderer observed a treacherous autocrat, “an American Caesar.” In getting ready his research, Kauffman spared no attempt getting on the fact: He even lived in Booth’s residence, and re-created key components of Booth’s get away. because of Kauffman’s discoveries, readers may have a brand new figuring out of this defining occasion in our nation’s historical past, and they'll come to work out how public sentiment approximately sales space on the time of the assassination and ever considering the fact that has made a correct account of his activities and causes subsequent to impossible–until now.

In approximately one hundred forty years there was an overpowering physique of literature at the Lincoln assassination, a lot of it incomplete and often contradictory. In American Brutus, Kauffman eventually is smart of an incident whose motives and results reverberate to this present day. Provocative, soaking up, completely cogent, now and then debatable, it will turn into the definitive textual content on a watershed occasion in American heritage.

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