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by John Bedford Lloyd,Doris Kearns Goodwin,Nora Titone

eBook My Thoughts Be Bloody: The Bitter Rivalry Between Edwin and John Wilkes Booth That Led to an American Tragedy epub
  • ISBN: 1442337494
  • Author: John Bedford Lloyd,Doris Kearns Goodwin,Nora Titone
  • Genre: Biographies
  • Subcategory: Leaders & Notable People
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio; Unabridged edition (October 19, 2010)
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The 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.

The scene of John Wilkes Booth shooting Abraham Lincoln in Ford’s Theatre is among the most vivid and indelible images in American history.

The sceneof John Wilkes Booth shooting Abraham Lincoln in Ford’s .

The sceneof John Wilkes Booth shooting Abraham Lincoln in Ford’s Theatre is among the most vivid and indelible images in American history. 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.

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My thoughts be bloody: the bitter rivalry between Edwin and John Wilkes Booth that led to an American tragedy, by Nora Titone; foreword by Doris Kearns Goodwin. Doris Kearns Goodwin. 1st Free Press hardcover ed. p. cm. Includes bibliographical references and index.

Why did John Wilkes Booth do it? In "My Thoughts Be Bloody" young historian Nora Titone is one of the few .

Why did John Wilkes Booth do it? In "My Thoughts Be Bloody" young historian Nora Titone is one of the few to have genuinely explored this question. In doing so, she has crafted a fascinating psychological drama about one of the central events of the Civil War: the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.

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John’s excitement when he first rode a train to Chicago in January 1862 can only be imagined. He was booked for a two-week engagement at McVicker’s Theatre, a three-story edifice at 24 West Madison Street, not far from Lake Michigan. The auditorium held 2,500 patrons and had been erected at the eyepopping cost of eighty-five thousand dollars. McVicker’s was one of the largest, most profitable venues John Wilkes Booth would ever play, as he made three separate visits to the city over the course of this year.

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My Thoughts Be Bloody: The Bitter Rivalry Between Edwin and John Wilkes Booth That Led to an American . The literal story of what happened on April 14, 1865, is familiar: Lincoln was killed by John Wilkes Booth, a lun.

My Thoughts Be Bloody: The Bitter Rivalry Between Edwin and John Wilkes Booth That Led to an American Tragedy. by Nora Titone · Doris Kearns Goodwin. The scene of John Wilkes Booth shooting Abraham Lincoln in Ford’s Theatre is among the most vivid and indelible images in American history. Similar Free eBooks.

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The scene of John Wilkes Booth shooting Abraham Lincoln in Fords 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 wasbesides a killeris 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 Lincolns death. Edwin Booth, John Wilkess 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 Lincolns 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 countrys 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 Wilkess 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 siblings meteoric rise. Their divergent pathsEdwins an upward race to riches and social prominence, and Johns a downward spiral into failure and obscuritykept 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 Lincolns assassin decided to conspire against the president in the first place, and sets that decision in the context of a bitterly divided familyand nation. By the end of this riveting journey, readers will see Abraham Lincolns 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.
Comments: (7)
Blueshaper
I've read a lot of books about the Booths, and I have to say, this is one of the best. I love this book. Hats off to Nora Titone; she has really done her work. Nora has masterfully researched and unearthed clues about the complex inner workings and circumstances that led two brothers along opposite paths during the time of America's greatest upheaval. One brother, whose allegiance was with the north, a supporter of President Abraham Lincoln and became the foremost actor of his time; the other whose allegiance was with the south to the point of obsession, struggled as an actor and assassinated the President, branding the Booth name forever in infamy.

In My Thoughts Be Bloody, the fascinating cast of characters who helped shape Edwin and John Wilkes' drives and ambitions are thoughtfully explored, beginning with their turbulent tragedian father, Junius Brutus Booth. This is the story of a family in turmoil, and it reads like a novel. Why did the two brothers compete with each other to the point of becoming bitter rivals leading to disaster? I believe this book persuasively answers that question and I highly recommend it to anyone interested in the Booths, the Civil War, American history, or just a great story.
DART-SKRIMER
Of course, every family, no matter how loving, how unified, is dyfunctional--it is just a matter of to what degree, for people themselves are imperfect. The Booth family was no exception. This book also reinforces the phrase "mad genius," as is so evident by the behavior of the amazingly gifted famiy patriarch Junius Brutus Booth, whose "madness" was fueled by a combination of perfectionalism and alcoholism. The story of how Edwin, at age 12, as delegated to become his traveling-actor-father's shadow, holding him together, keeping him from drinking too much and missing shows, reminded me vividly of the comic movie "My Favorite Year." (Another good selection to consider purchasing on Amazon!) Edwin's early life, though, was no comedy; in his recollection, "my childhood ended at twelve." This boy posessed the same vast talent as his troubled father, unlike the handsomer, charming John Wilkes, one of Edwin's younger brothers--John Wilkes, who had no talent but who posessed dreams of great deeds and heroic feats of armored knights--John Wilkes,who came to harbor a great jealousy and resentment towards his older brother. Other fascinating characters and facts are included in this book. Before I read it, I had always wondered about how it was for John Wilkes' family in light of what he did...and who were his family, anyway? His mother, his sister, especially; such interesting personalities, all brought to new life in this wonderful book...but you are going to have to read it yourself to find out more about them, and about the cottage deep in the woods where for years Junius Booth had to keep them hidden...wow! For anyone interested in human nature, family functioning, Civil War, history, great writing...buy this book! You will certainly not be disappointed! Highly recommended!
Ranicengi
My Thoughts Be Bloody presents an intelligent overview of the abolitionists' movement, the Booth family and their legacy, and the events which preceded the death of Lincoln. Much information was provided that is not general knowledge. The writing was clear and expressive. The parallels between the opposing political viewpoints of this era and the present are clearly established. The individuals who participated in the events were drawn with a balanced approach. The acceptance and understanding afforded to Edwin Booth was indicative of an aspect of America's sense of justice in embracing Booth as an artist and performer and not continuing to attach the guilt of his brother to him. This volume expanded my knowledge of and interest in history and art. The connection of Shakespeare to the events extends beyond the title to connections within the saga that could be drawn from the drama.
Mitynarit
Author Nora Titone sums up the thesis of her wonderful account of the Family of Edwin and John Wilkes Booth in the last line: In generations of mythmaking about Lincoln's killer, Edwin (Booth's) own name and story were lost, leaving John Wilkes to stand alone on the stage of national memory, as he no doubt would have wished"

In this fast moving and extremely readable account of the Booth family, Titone portrays the characters so well, that at the end I felt that I knew them all personally. She tells the story in a believable format, because frankly, if I did not know that the story was true, the reader would sometimes wonder if such things could happen to people. And at the end of the book, she tells the reader what happened to them all. Unfortunately the Booth Family was totally dyfunctional. They had just about every problem that could be imagined. Alcohol was the source of problems for the patriarch, Junius and it clearly passed down to the next generation. Would history have been changed if the Betty Ford Clinic and AA existed back then?

Before reading this book I knew that Edwin Booth was a famous actor, but I did not realize that he was that big.

I read this book because the author will be speaking at our local Civil War Roundtable. Originally I thought that it would difficult reading. But once you start it's like reading a tragic saga. Sadly to say, you know what is going to happen to at least one character - John Wilkes. This historical details and the depiction of life in the middle of the 19th century are worth the read in and of themselves.

For those looking for an account of the assassination, this is not the book for you. While the author gives an overview, what she does is set the scene, describes the motivation and allows the reader to walk with Booth on his path to Ford's Theater. It is a tremendous background source for those who want to do further study of the assassination of Lincoln.

This is a book that I would highly recommend.
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