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Notorious Assassins: The Life of John Wilkes Booth [Kindle Edition]

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*Includes pictures of important people, places, and events.
*Includes a Bibliography for further reading.
*Includes a Table of Contents.

“Right or wrong. God judge me, not man. For be my motive good or bad, of one thing I am sure, the lasting condemnation of the North.” – John Wilkes Booth

Before the night of April 14, 1865, John Wilkes Booth was one of the most famous actors of his time, and President Abraham Lincoln had even watched him perform, but his most significant performance at a theater did not take place on the stage. That night, Booth became one of history’s most infamous assassins when he shot President Lincoln at Ford's Theatre in Washington, D.C.

Booth was a member of the prominent 19th century Booth theatrical family from Maryland, and he was a well-known actor throughout much of the country by the 1860s. But Booth was also a Confederate sympathizer who dabbled in espionage, and he was increasingly outraged at the Lincoln Administration. Although Robert E. Lee had surrendered the Army of Northern Virginia at Appomattox a few days earlier, an action often cited as the end of the Civil War, Booth believed the war was not yet over because Confederate soldiers under General Joseph E. Johnston were still fighting, and the flamboyant actor hoped his conspiracy could strike the kind of blow that might turn the Confederacy’s fate around. Early plans to kidnap and ransom President Lincoln ultimately gave way to a wide ranging conspiracy by Booth and a small group to kill Lincoln and other top officials in a bid to decapitate the federal government and help the South.

Perhaps not surprisingly, the actor’s flair for the dramatic came at a cost to the plot. It took almost no time for the shocked public and the federal government to begin unraveling Booth’s conspiracy, which had mostly faltered from the beginning. Following the shooting, America’s most famous manhunt commenced, a 12 day pursuit that became the stuff of legends and controversy itself. Eight others were eventually tried for their alleged involvement in the plot and convicted, and four were hanged shortly thereafter as a result of some of the nation’s most famous trials.

Booth’s crime has ensured his notoriety, but it has also overshadowed his life and career, not to mention his Civil War activities and the evolution of his plot. Notorious Assassins: The Life of John Wilkes Booth comprehensively covers his life and career, as well as the origins of the plot, the assassination of Lincoln, and the manhunt and trials that followed. Along with pictures of the important people and places, you will learn about the Lincoln’s assassin like you never have before, in no time at all.

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  • File Size: 1701 KB
  • Print Length: 81 pages
  • Publisher: Charles River Editors (June 24, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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2.0 out of 5 stars very abridged details October 18, 2013
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Not an uninteresting book, if your already familiar with American history if this time frame. It tries to explain Booth's motivations for his actions. No person can know exactly what is in another mans heart, but this is as good an attempt as you will find for any infamous person.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Notorious Assassins-The Life of John Wilkes Booth August 14, 2013
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Full of information I'd never seen before and very informative. I love the history. It not only tells about Booth's history/life, it tells of the beginning and on of the Civil War. Much more than I'd seen before. Even in High School History classes.
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2.0 out of 5 stars A lot of information that did not need July 24, 2013
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It was slow to read and spent a lot of time talking about subject matter that not directly about him. Very hard to keep reading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Conspirator December 20, 2013
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The story of the assassination of Abraham Lincoln has been told before but not with the depth this biography of John Wilkes Booth gives. I had no idea he was part of a conspiracy and not a lone assassin as I've always thought.
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