American Gothic



American Gothic The Story Of 19th Century America S Legendary Theatrical Family Junius, Edwin, And John Wilkes Booth Smith S Chronicle Of The Booth Family Draws Readers Into The Glittering World Of The Theater And Into A Family Beset By Insanity And Fateful Dreams Of Glory 16 Pages Of Photos.

10 thoughts on “American Gothic

  1. says:

    Disclaimer ARC via Netgalley, courtesy of Open Road Media Gene Smith s American Gothic is supposedly a biography of the Booth family In some ways, it is this Chronicling the founding of the family and the demise of its last major member Most of the book, however, is taken up with the infamous John Wilkes Booth and the events surrounding the assassination of Lincoln Additionally, most of the book focuses on the men of the family, understandably so considering that the women marry into...

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    I was invited to read and review this title by Open Road Media and Net Galley Thanks to them for the DRC, which I received in exchange for an honest review This title was released to the public October 4 and can be purchased any time you want it.Although I love a good night at the theater as much as anyone else, I came to this bearing a love of history and a strong affinity for the American Civil War I didn t realize to what extent this would be purely a biography of this family of actors, an I was invited to read and review this title by Open Road Media and Net Galley Thanks to them for the DRC, which I received in exchange for an ...

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    I have changed reduced my rating on this, because I just read American Brutus, which is in a whole different league The review on that will be forthcoming.This was an interesting book, details the family history of the Booth s, their great talents and debilitating problems They really were a famous or infamous bunch before the assassination It is interesting to note that those who knew John Wilkes Booth best never thought it possible before the assassination that he would go to such extreme I have changed reduced my rating on this, because I just read American Brutus, which is in a whole different league The review on that will be forthcoming.This was an interesting book, details the family history of the Booth s, their great talents and debilitating problems They really were a famous or infamous bunch before the assassination It is interesting to note that those who knew John Wilkes Booth best never thought it possible before the assassination that he would go to such extremes.He had Southern sympathies, of course, but he was such a genial, handsome man, everyone found him charming and vivacious, he was just at the beginning of a great stage career and was secretly engaged to a popular socialite Lucy Hale And he was only 26 when he unintentionall...

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    Very interesting to read about the whole Booth family I knew a bit about John Wilkes Booth of course, but next to nothing about the other members of the family I had no idea that Junius the elder was a vegetarian as well as an alcoholic who was considered by many to be insane Edwin had to act as his keeper when he went out touring, and got his own start one day when Junius was too out of it to...

  5. says:

    An interesting examination of an American family that impacted American political and theater history.

  6. says:

    I have studied Lincoln extensively over the years Ok, to be honest, I m slightly obsessed with him, butparticularly with Mary Todd The undergraduate college I attended allowed for students under the guidance of a faculty advisor, to write an individual course One such course I designed was the study of the way in which Lincoln and Mark Twain influenced modern American speech I m an English nerd You can t study Lincoln without studying the Civil War or without studying his assassinat I have studied Lincoln extensively over the years Ok, to be honest, I m slightly obsessed with him, butparticularly with Mary Todd The undergraduate college I attended allowed for students under the guidance of a faculty advisor, to write an individual course One such course I designed was the study of the way in which Lincoln and Mark Twain influenced modern American speech I m an English nerd You can t study Lincoln without studying the Civil War or without studying his assassination But strangely, I only knew a small amount about Booth as a person and virtually nothing about his family except that they were all actors or otherwise connected to the theater This book was fascinating in how deeply it delved not just on John, but on the entire family I found myself actually liking John as he was described a...

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    Obviously this book is going to focus on John as opposed to Edwin However, I enjoyed the discussion of Edwin s theatre circles and what happened to the rest of the family in the aftermath of the assassination There may be better books out there about Edwin and John but this was a nice ...

  8. says:

    Really found this one fascinating, I had no idea that Booth was so famous before the assassination as I knew very little about him Full review to come.

  9. says:

    Interesting book about American History.

  10. says:

    This book was a delightful surprise Well written,with sympathy to all characters And the coincidences

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