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John Wilkes Booth: A Sister's Memoir Paperback – June 1, 1999
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John Wilkes Booth was adored by his family and he dearly loved them in return. Asia's story is a glimpse into the every day life of a very unique comfortable middle class family of the mid nineteenth century. It is intimate and poignant and in the end tragic and heart breaking on so many levels. One comes away with a better understanding of the complexity of John Wilkes' personality and the family dynamics that shaped his character. She reveals to us a person who possessed a keen intellect and was passionate and loyal to his family and friends. We see a loving person who was playful, cheerful and kind. Asia restores her brother's humanity that was forever stripped away on April 14, 1865. John Wilkes Booth was a fascinating person who has often been the victim of poorly researched, two-dimensional biographies from pens tinged by the historian's emotional response to Lincoln's assassination. Asia does not gloss over the painful ending of her brother's story.Read more ›
I found I got the most out of this book by taking it for what it is...a sister's heartfelt memoir of her life growing up with her brother, a brother with whom she shared a very close relationship. I found it also provided a lot of insight to his character, and I found I walked away with a further understanding of the passion John Wilkes Booth had for the South and the Southern way of life. The end of the book contains text of family letters and documents that further clarify the relationship of the family members to Wilkes Booth, their political leanings (North, South or undecided), how the assassination shocked and affected them after the fact, and other interesting insights.
Asia's writing is beautiful, and the editor in the preface states that this is the "only lengthy account of Booth left by a family member". I strongly recommend this book, but, speaking for myself, I found I got more out of this book after reading "Manhunt" and understanding the actual events that happened leading up to, during, and after the assassination as it directly related to John Wilkes Booth.
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This memoir written by his sister was not a way of defining the man who shot Lincoln in front of a theatrical audience. Read morePublished on January 10, 2007 by Betty Burks