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American Brutus: John Wilkes Booth and the Lincoln Conspiracies (udgave 2004)

af Michael W. Kauffman (Forfatter)

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This volume provides background, detailed analysis and an account regarding the assassination of U.S. President Abraham Lincoln in 1865. The author presents his version of the Lincoln murder conspiracy in this work. He 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. The author explains and corrects common misperceptions and analyzes the political motivation behind Booth's plan to unseat Lincoln. "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."--Jacket.… (mere)
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Titel:American Brutus: John Wilkes Booth and the Lincoln Conspiracies
Forfattere:Michael W. Kauffman (Forfatter)
Info:Random House (2004), Edition: 1st, 528 pages
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Very good read. I was surprised by how much I learned. ( )
  paworkingmom | Jun 5, 2022 |
Very intriguing read; the author attempts to unravel the way in which the conspiracy to murder President Lincoln evolved, and to a certain extent goes against the conventional wisdom. His point of view is that John WIlkes Booth was a master manipulator, and was not merely a frustrated actor looking for acclaim. There's also an interesting analysis of the trial of some of the conspirators, and how even by the standards of 1865 (let alone today), it was something of a travesty of justice. It does require you to flip back and forth between the notes in the back and the text to get the full flavour of what's going on, which can be a bit annoying, but cracking those nuts does pay off. Recommended. ( )
  EricCostello | Aug 23, 2021 |
Favorite JWB dialog from the book. This took place after Booth saw a speech by Lincoln where Lincoln called for voting rights for black soldiers. Booth went to pick up his mail at the Ford Theater and vent with fellow actors and said: (quote from book)
"If a man were to go out and insult a nigger now, he would be knocked down by the nigger and nothing would be done to the nigger."
Tom Raybold replied," You should not insult a nigger then."

Yes, I agree with other reviews. It was a very thorough account of the assassination and kidnapping conspiracy, and it also gave a good feel of what the times and mood of the country had been like. A good read. ( )
1 stem cammykitty | Nov 3, 2010 |
This is a penetrating study of Booth's life and motivations, with some original twists. For example, Kauffman argues persuasively that Booth did not break his leg jumping from the Ford's Theatre box but in a riding accident on his escape through Maryland.
  dh1515 | May 23, 2010 |
This account of the murder of President Lincoln, the mindset of the conspirators, the intense atmosphere in Washington D.C. and the rest of the country after the assassination, the flight and search for those involved, and the aftermath of this tragic time is haunting and compelling. ( )
  MHelm1017 | Mar 11, 2010 |
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This volume provides background, detailed analysis and an account regarding the assassination of U.S. President Abraham Lincoln in 1865. The author presents his version of the Lincoln murder conspiracy in this work. He 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. The author explains and corrects common misperceptions and analyzes the political motivation behind Booth's plan to unseat Lincoln. "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."--Jacket.

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