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Publisher's Summary

In American Brutus, popular historian Michael W. Kauffman delivers a history that reads more like a best-selling novel. This definitive masterwork dispels commonly held myths and reveals the truth about John Wilkes Booth.

Luring Southern sympathizers into a “noble” presidential kidnapping, Booth stunned his puzzled pawns by murdering Lincoln. From Booth’s early life and acting career to his escape and death, this meticulously researched book re-examines it all using a wealth of primary sources.

©2004 Michael W. Kauffman (P)2005 Recorded Books

Critic Reviews

“Kauffman … offers a beautifully written, exhaustive and well-reasoned reassessment of … Booth and the murder of [Lincoln].” (Publishers Weekly)

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  • Gioacchino
  • Gainesville, VA, United States
  • 06-25-13

Good content ruined by bad narrator

Would you try another book from Michael Kauffman and/or Nelson Runger?

Michael Kauffman, yes. Nelson Runger, never.

Would you recommend American Brutus to your friends? Why or why not?

Yes but I would recommend the print version.

Would you be willing to try another one of Nelson Runger’s performances?

Never, worst I've ever listened to.

Could you see American Brutus being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Not really

Any additional comments?

The content of this book is well researched and detailed. I enjoyed learning about the goings on of the time and about Booth's motives. I live in the Washington, DC area and many of the places were familiar to me so there was added interest to me personally.

Now for the negatives:

I could not get passed the narrator. I have listened to many audio books over the years and have never heard a worse narrator. I had to ask myself is this guy really a professional reader? Through out the whole reading you could hear constant lip smacking, swallow, and breathing. I always knew when a paragraph would end because Runger would pause for a solid 5+ seconds and lick his chops. It reminded me of when I give my dog peanut butter. After a while I felt ready to barf listening to it.

I would highly recommend the printed version of this book over the audio book.

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