American Brutus



American Brutus 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 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 From The Hardcover Edition.

10 thoughts on “American Brutus

  1. says:

    American Brutus might cause to stop dead in their tracks any history writers planning explorations of similar territory How am I going to top that they d ask Answer You very likely never could Michael Kauffman s exploration of John Wilkes Booth and his conspiracies and the assassination of Abraham Lincoln seems to cover it all.Shame on me for judging a book I haven t read yet but own , but James Swanson s Manhunt, which came four years after Kauffman s book, seems to be the mainstrea American Brutus might cause to stop dead in their tracks any history writers planning explorations of similar territory How am I going to top that they d ...

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    I picked up this book after reading a review of Manhunt which said that it wasn t as good as American Brutus I never did read Manhunt but American Brutus is a very interesting history, covering not only the assassination, but also giving a thorough biography of Booth as well as covering the post assasination trials of the conspirators There is an interesting stucture to the book The first part IIRC covers the lead up to the assasination from the viewpoint of Booth The next section I picked up this book after reading a review of Manhunt which said that it wasn t as good as American Brutus I never did read Manhunt but American Brutus is a very interesting history, covering not only the assassination, but also giving a thorough biography of Booth as well as covering the post assasination trials of the conspirators There is an interesting stucture to the book The first part IIRC covers ...

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    Michael Kauffman provides a very detailed look at the Lincoln assassination and all of the members involved from the planning to their manhunt and the results that followed Don t let the title fool you This is farthan just a biography of John Wilkes Booth Kaufmann pulls along voluminous sources of primary information to explore the build up of the conspiracy from the debates about whether or not to kidnap the president and finally the plan to kill him at Ford s Theater The author piece Michael Kauffman provides a very detailed look at the Lincoln assassination and all of the members involved from the planning to their manhunt and the results that followed Don t let the title fool you This is farthan just a biography of John Wilkes Booth Kaufmann pulls along voluminous sources of primary information to explore the build up of the conspiracy from th...

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    I ve read quite a few books about Lincoln but almost all of those books obviously end with his death, so I ve never really known much about John Wilkes Booth He was an actor he killed Lincoln in Ford s theatre he was treated for a broken leg by Dr Mudd and he was shot dead in a barn That s pretty much the sum of it So this book was a real revelation to me, not just about Booth himself but about how many other people were involved in the conspiracy.I had always assumed Booth was a Souther I ve read quite a few books about Lincoln but almost all of those books obviously end with his death, so I ve never really known much about John Wilkes Booth He was an actor he killed Lincoln in Ford s theatre he was treated for a broken leg by Dr Mudd and he was shot dead in a barn That s pretty much the sum of it So this book was a real revelation to me, not just about Booth himself but about how many other people were involved in the conspiracy.I had always assumed Booth was a Southern sympathiser driven to assassinate Lincoln by the defeat of the South in the Civil War I never knew, for example, that Booth and his fellow plotters planned originally only to capture Lincoln, but once the war ended Booth decided to kill him I never knew that p...

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    This book is not, as I expected, a biography of John Wilkes Booth, but a thorough account of the Lincoln assassination with an extensive backstory on Booth.The assassination, and the conspiracy behind it, have fascinated us for years, but too many of the books about it are poorly researched and rely on the author s personal biases for facts This has resulted in a great deal of misinformation becoming accepted as truth The author of American Brutus has been careful to use primary sources for hi This book is not, as I expected, a biography of John Wilkes Booth, but a thorough account of the Lincoln assassination with an extensive backstory on Booth.The assassination, and the conspiracy behind it, have fascinated us for years, but too many of the books about it are poorly researched and rely on the author s personal biases for facts This has resulted in a great deal of misinformation becoming accepted as truth The author of American Brutus has been careful to use primary so...

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    Fascinating glimpse into the motivations behind one of the most famous assassinations in American history John Wilkes Booth s theatrical upbringing, wanna be heroic nature, and Southern sympathies combined convinced his ego that he was going to be the American Brutus A hero to a newly revitalized South who would laud him as a prince Honestly surprised and confused by the blame laid on him immediately after the shooting, his ill fated escape became nothing like the triumphant procession into a Fascinating glimpse into the motivations behind one of the most famous assassinations in American history John Wilkes Booth s theatrical upbringing, wanna be heroic nature, and Southern sympathies combined convinced his...

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    Wonderfully readable study of John Wilkes Booth both his history and the last three weeks of his life One interesting thing is that Kauffman believes Booth did not break his ankle leaping to the stage Kauffman believes there is strong circumst...

  8. says:

    It is amazing that Kauffman can create such an exhaustive work from an event that happened 150 years ago Great research.

  9. says:

    This is an excellent and thought provoking book, not a biography of John Wilkes Booth so much as it is a dissection of Lincoln s assassination everything that can be reconstructed about the events that led up to it and the events that followed Kauffman works intensively with primary sources, collating and correlating affidavits and testimony and letters and diaries and memoirs, talking carefully about discre...

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    I ve been taking my time delving into this history, and am deeply thankful I didn t have to live through it We talk about divisiveness this year, but our nation, as it stands today, doesn t hold a candle to the deep anger, nationalism and political divides of the 19th century Deep in our heart of hearts, we like to think everyone above a certain state line was an abolitionist, but that simply wasn t the case People considered Lincoln and Seward s tenacity on the subject to be the cause of the I ve been taking my time delving into this history, and am deeply thankful I didn t have to live through it We talk about divisiveness this year, but our nation, as it stands today, doesn t hold a candle to the deep anger, nationalism and political divides of the 19th century Deep in our heart of hearts, we like to think everyone above a certain state line was an abolitionist, but that simply wasn t the case People considered Lincoln and Seward s tenacity on the subject to be the ...

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