I enjoyed this book very much. Not only did I learn more about the different women involved with JWB, I learned a lot of interesting things about the time period that I had never read before. I also think that the author made a very good case in regards to John having syphilis. It would explain so many things that changed about him. I confess being rather reluctant to purchase this book because in the description, it mentions the woman who ‘cut Booth’s throat’. I knew that the cut was near his hairline, and thought, well, if the author got THAT wrong...but in the actual book itself, the injury was described correctly. I am glad I gambled on the book. It is well researched with lots of notes. I found this book very interesting and informative, and could hardly put it down. Well done, E. Lawrence Abel!
Much has been written about John Wilkes Booth, the assassin of Abraham Lincoln. However, this is only one I know of that looks, not just at the man, but at how he related to women. Booth, an actor, was the closest thing they had in the Civil War era to a movie star and like movie stars he had a number of relationships... some based on sex, some based on real sentiment, and one perhaps based on cold-blooded political need. Abel looks at Booth's women and their role in his life up to the assassination... then looks at their lives AFTER Booth. It is interesting too to look at how Booth's sex life might have had an effect on his acting skills and maybe even his plan to kill Vice-President Andrew Johnson. Well-illustrated with photos.
I loved this book!! I couldn't put it down!! It told me so much more about the life of John Wilkes Booth other than just being the man who assassinated Lincoln. He was a very fun, kind, caring, and loving person. He had looks, money, fame, and of course......the women. I plan on reading it again to relive the excitement, and I recommend this to anyone obsessed with John or Lincoln, but mostly John.
This is an amazingly well-researched book that presents a whole new look at a man most Americans thought they knew all they needed to know about. Then this book shows a side to Booth we'd never expect. The stories are told in a friendly, informative style that you can't break away from. A light-hearted, thought-provoking and enlightening read!
I thoroughly enjoyed this well written and well researched book, giving us a deeper and more detailed look into his romantic and extremely dysfunctional family life. We have known him as the man who assassinated President Lincoln, but little has been written about his personal and professional life as an actor. I