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My Thoughts Be Bloody: The Bitter Rivalry Between Edwin and John Wilkes Booth | [Nora Titone, Doris Kearns Goodwin (introduction and notes)]

My Thoughts Be Bloody: The Bitter Rivalry Between Edwin and John Wilkes Booth

My Thoughts Be Bloody, a sweeping family saga, revives an extraordinary figure whose name has been missing, until now, from the story of President Lincoln's death. Edwin Booth, John Wilkes's older brother by four years, was in his day the biggest star of the American stage. Without an account of Edwin Booth, author Nora Titone argues, the real story of Lincoln's assassin has never been told.
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My Thoughts Be Bloody, a sweeping family saga, revives an extraordinary figure whose name has been missing, until now, from the story of President Lincoln's death. Edwin Booth, John Wilkes's 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 19, 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 Lincoln's 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 country's most notorious assassin.

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 Lincoln's assassin decided to conspire against the president in the first place, and sets that decision in the context of a bitterly divided family—and nation. By the end of this riveting journey, listeners will see Abraham Lincoln's 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.

©2010 Nora Titone (P)2010 Simon and Schuster Audio

What the Critics Say

"Titone's account paints a colorful panorama of 19th-century theatrical life, with its endless drunken touring through frontier backwaters and showbiz pratfalls. Neither deep nor tragic, her John Wilkes is oddly convincing: the first of the grandiose hollow men in America's cast of assassins." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Kristi Milwaukie, OR, United States 04-04-12
    Kristi Milwaukie, OR, United States 04-04-12 Member Since 2011

    An old broad that enjoys books of all types. Would rather read than write reviews though. I know what I like, and won't be bothered by crap.

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    "The real story behind the Lincoln Assassin"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This book would definitely be recommended by me because it explains so much about what John Wilkes Booth was all about.
    His horrible childhood and the hierarchy in his family and how difficult it was for him to fit in.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Learning something I didn't know about before. Edwin Booth was a great actor but not always a great human being. Celebrity gets away with a lot today just like he did in his time.


    What about John B. Lloyd’s performance did you like?

    His reading was spot on and very engaging.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Nothing this long should be listened to in one sitting. It was a great listen though and I enjoyed setting aside the time to listen.


    Any additional comments?

    Good for any history buff especially those that have read extensively on A. Lincoln. This book gives you additional insights not delved into previously.

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    Adrienne Chicago, IL, United States 09-23-11
    Adrienne Chicago, IL, United States 09-23-11 Member Since 2009
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    "History comes alive"

    This was a very good overview of the relationship between the Booth family members, not just the 2 brothers mentioned in the title. I knew very little about the family's history prior to listening to this title and find their stories fascinating. I had no idea exactly how famous the family was for things outside of the assassination of the President and enjoyed the tales of the family's successes and failures, as well as their dysfunctional interactions between all of its members.

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    Gregory 4416 Clearbrook Place, Las Vegas, NV, 89103 08-28-11
    Gregory 4416 Clearbrook Place, Las Vegas, NV, 89103 08-28-11 Member Since 2008
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    "One comment, write more!!!"

    I Saw Nora Titone on Charlie Rose introducing this book and got it immediately! It was obviously a work of love. This is a story that needed to be told and Nora Titone did her due diligence. Newspaper interviews with neighbors, letters between characters, you become a fly on the wall witnessing a truly Shakespearean tragedy. The list of characters is a veritable "who's who" of the era. Reading some of the reviews I must disagree with detractors. While facts are repeated, they are done so by arriving at a conclusion from a different path, adding dimension to a vividly drawn canvas. A "must read" for any one interested in American History and the Civil War. Worth every penny, worth every minute.

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    Len Melbourne, Australia 08-03-11
    Len Melbourne, Australia 08-03-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Totally riveting"

    This book uncovers JWB in a different light to anything I thought I knew about him, it has been extremely well researched and is a fascinating listen. I always believed JWB to have been a great actor at the top of his fame, and the truth appears to be very different. He comes across as a spoilt, entitled younger brother with even less conscience and integrity and less sympathy for the southern cause than he has ever been given credit for. His brother and father are fantastic and talented men. this is a really great listen.

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    Mary Centerville, TN, United States 05-24-11
    Mary Centerville, TN, United States 05-24-11 Member Since 2010

    Toni in TN

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    "Excellent in all aspects!!"

    If you love history, then you will absolutely LOVE this book!! While it is about John Wilkes Booth, I was amazed by what little I knew about his famous family.. I could not stop listening.. The Booths' have such a varied and great historical past.. Needless-to-say, I have nothing but praise for this book..

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