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    DescriptionThe 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 personal story that was integral to his motivation. "My Thoughts Be Bloody, "a sweeping family saga, revives an extraordinary figure whose name has been missing, until now, from the story of President Lincoln's death. Edwin Booth, John Wilkes's older brother by four years, was in his day the biggest star of the American stage. He won his celebrity at the precocious age of nineteen, before the Civil War began, when John Wilkes was a schoolboy. Without an account of Edwin Booth, author Nora Titone argues, the real story of Lincoln's assassin has never been told. Using an array of private letters, diaries, and reminiscences of the Booth family, Titone has uncovered a hidden history that reveals the reasons why John Wilkes Booth became this country's most notorious assassin. These ambitious brothers, born to theatrical parents, enacted a tale of mutual jealousy and resentment worthy of a Shakespearean tragedy. From childhood, the stage-struck brothers were rivals for the approval of their father, legendary British actor Junius Brutus Booth. After his death, Edwin and John Wilkes were locked in a fierce contest to claim his legacy of fame. This strange family history and powerful sibling rivalry were the crucibles of John Wilkes's character, exacerbating his political passions and driving him into a life of conspiracy. To re-create the lost world of Edwin and John Wilkes Booth, this book takes readers on a panoramic tour of nineteenth-century America, from the streets of 1840s Baltimore to the gold fields of California, from the jungles of the Isthmus of Panama to the glittering mansions of Gilded Age New York. Edwin, ruthlessly competitive and gifted, did everything he could to lock his younger brother out of the theatrical game. As he came of age, John Wilkes found his plans for stardom thwarted by his older sibling's meteoric rise. Their divergent paths--Edwin's an upward race to riches and social prominence, and John's a downward spiral into failure and obscurity--kept pace with the hardening of their opposite political views and their mutual dislike. The details of the conspiracy to kill Lincoln have been well documented elsewhere. "My Thoughts Be Bloody "tells a new story, one that explains for the first time why Lincoln's assassin decided to conspire against the president in the first place, and sets that decision in the context of a bitterly divided family--and nation. By the end of this riveting journey, readers will see Abraham Lincoln's death less as the result of the war between the North and South and more as the climax of a dark struggle between two brothers who never wore the uniform of soldiers, except on stage.


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    Title
    My Thoughts Be Bloody
    Subtitle
    The Bitter Rivalry Between Edwin and John Wilkes Booth That Led to an American Tragedy
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Nora Titone, Foreword by Doris Kearns Goodwin
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 479
    Width: 167 mm
    Height: 232 mm
    Thickness: 28 mm
    Weight: 717 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781416586050
    ISBN 10: 1416586059
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15500
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/19CNTY
    BIC E4L: CRI
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T18.1
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 03
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    Ingram Subject Code: BA
    Libri: I-BA
    DC22: B
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 01
    B&T General Subject: 430
    Ingram Theme: TOPC/CIVLWR
    BIC subject category V2: BTC
    B&T Approval Code: A23306400, A16320000
    BISAC V2.8: HIS036050
    DC22: 973.7092
    DC21: 973.7092
    LC subject heading: , , , , ,
    BISAC V2.8: BIO006000
    LC subject heading: , , , ,
    LC classification: E457.5 .T57 2010
    Publisher
    SIMON & SCHUSTER
    Imprint name
    Simon Spotlight Entertainment
    Publication date
    19 October 2010
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Review quote
    Provocative and revealing, Titone's first book provides another dimension to an iconic national calamity by alleging that John Wilkes Booth assassinated Abraham Lincoln in part to establish his own importance within a family of theatrical rivals... Titone's theory adds to the narrative without dismissing the political and cultural reasons for Wilkes Booth's plot--his Confederate and proslavery sympathies have often been noted. She is most impressive in her use of primary sources and in her literary style."--"Library Journal"