By Michael W. Kauffman
It's a story as customary as our background primers: A deranged actor, John Wilkes sales space, killed Abraham Lincoln in Ford’s Theatre, escaped taking walks, and eluded catch for twelve days until eventually he met his fiery result in a Virginia tobacco barn. within the nationwide hysteria that undefined, 8 others have been arrested and attempted; 4 of these have been finished, 4 imprisoned. Therein lie all of the vintage parts of an exceptional mystery. however the untold story is much more fascinating.
Now, in American Brutus, Michael W. Kauffman, one of many most efficient Lincoln assassination gurus, takes known historical past to a deeper point, providing an extraordinary, authoritative account of the Lincoln homicide conspiracy. operating from a incredible array of archival assets and new examine, Kauffman sheds new mild at the history and causes of John Wilkes sales space, the mechanics of his plot to topple the Union govt, and the rigors and fates of the conspirators.
Piece via piece, Kauffman explains and corrects universal misperceptions and analyzes the political motivation in the back of Booth’s plan to unseat Lincoln, in whom the murderer observed a treacherous autocrat, “an American Caesar.” In getting ready his research, Kauffman spared no attempt getting on the fact: He even lived in Booth’s residence, and re-created key elements of Booth’s get away. because of Kauffman’s discoveries, readers can have a brand new realizing of this defining occasion in our nation’s historical past, and they'll come to work out how public sentiment approximately sales space on the time of the assassination and ever due to the fact has made a correct account of his activities and explanations subsequent to impossible–until now.
In approximately one hundred forty years there was an overpowering physique of literature at the Lincoln assassination, a lot of it incomplete and often contradictory. In American Brutus, Kauffman eventually is smart of an incident whose explanations and results reverberate to at the present time. Provocative, soaking up, totally cogent, from time to time arguable, it will turn into the definitive textual content on a watershed occasion in American historical past.
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