My Thoughts Be Bloody: The Bitter Rivalry Between Edwin and John Wilkes Booth That Led to an American Tragedy



❰EPUB❯ ✶ My Thoughts Be Bloody: The Bitter Rivalry Between Edwin and John Wilkes Booth That Led to an American Tragedy Author Nora Titone – E17streets4all.co.uk The scene of John Wilkes Booth shooting Abraham Lincoln in Ford s Theatre is among the most vivid and indelible images in American history The literal story of what happened on April , , is familiar L Be Bloody: MOBI ñ The Be Bloody: The Bitter MOBI :ò scene of John Wilkes Booth shooting Abraham Lincoln in Ford s Theatre is among the most vivid and indelible images in American history The literal story of what happened on April is familiar Lincoln was killed by John Wilkes Booth, a lunatic enraged by the Union victory and the prospect of black citizenship Yet who Booth really was besides a killer is less well known The magnitude of his crime has obscured for generations a startling personal story that was integral to his motivation My Thoughts Be Bloody, a sweeping family saga, My Thoughts Kindle - 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 nineteen, 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 Thoughts Be Bloody: PDF/EPUB è family, Titone has uncovered a hidden history that reveals the reasons why John Wilkes Booth became this country s most notorious assassin These ambitious brothers, born to theatrical parents, enacted a tale of mutual jealousy and resentment worthy of a Shakespearean tragedy From childhood, the stage struck brothers were rivals for the approval of their father, legendary British actor Junius Brutus Booth After his death, Edwin and John Wilkes were locked in a fierce contest to claim his legacy of fame This strange family history and powerful sibling rivalry were the crucibles of John Wilkes s character, exacerbating his political passions and driving him into a life of conspiracy To re create the lost world of Edwin and John Wilkes Booth, this book takes readers on a panoramic tour of nineteenth century America, from the streets of s Balti to the gold fields of California, from the jungles of the Isthmus of Panama to the glittering mansions of Gilded Age New York Edwin, ruthlessly competitive and gifted, did everything he could to lock his younger brother out of the theatrical game As he came of age, John Wilkes found his plans for stardom thwarted by his older sibling s meteoric rise Their divergent paths Edwin s an upward race to riches and social prominence, and John s a downward spiral into failure and obscurity kept pace with the hardening of their opposite political views and their mutual dislike 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, readers will see Abraham Lincoln s death less as the result of the war between the North and South and as the climax of a dark struggle between two brothers who never wore the uniform of soldiers, except on stage.My Thoughts Be Bloody: The Bitter Rivalry Between Edwin and John Wilkes Booth That Led to an American Tragedy

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    If you re looking for a CBR and CBZ reader is less well known The magnitude of his crime has obscured for generations a startling personal story that was integral to his motivation My Thoughts Be Bloody, a sweeping family saga, My Thoughts Kindle - 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 nineteen, 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 Thoughts Be Bloody: PDF/EPUB è family, Titone has uncovered a hidden history that reveals the reasons why John Wilkes Booth became this country s most notorious assassin These ambitious brothers, born to theatrical parents, enacted a tale of mutual jealousy and resentment worthy of a Shakespearean tragedy From childhood, the stage struck brothers were rivals for the approval of their father, legendary British actor Junius Brutus Booth After his death, Edwin and John Wilkes were locked in a fierce contest to claim his legacy of fame This strange family history and powerful sibling rivalry were the crucibles of John Wilkes s character, exacerbating his political passions and driving him into a life of conspiracy To re create the lost world of Edwin and John Wilkes Booth, this book takes readers on a panoramic tour of nineteenth century America, from the streets of s Balti to the gold fields of California, from the jungles of the Isthmus of Panama to the glittering mansions of Gilded Age New York Edwin, ruthlessly competitive and gifted, did everything he could to lock his younger brother out of the theatrical game As he came of age, John Wilkes found his plans for stardom thwarted by his older sibling s meteoric rise Their divergent paths Edwin s an upward race to riches and social prominence, and John s a downward spiral into failure and obscurity kept pace with the hardening of their opposite political views and their mutual dislike 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, readers will see Abraham Lincoln s death less as the result of the war between the North and South and as the climax of a dark struggle between two brothers who never wore the uniform of soldiers, except on stage."/>
  • Hardcover
  • 479 pages
  • My Thoughts Be Bloody: The Bitter Rivalry Between Edwin and John Wilkes Booth That Led to an American Tragedy
  • Nora Titone
  • English
  • 05 June 2019
  • 1416586059

10 thoughts on “My Thoughts Be Bloody: The Bitter Rivalry Between Edwin and John Wilkes Booth That Led to an American Tragedy

  1. says:

    Imagine hearing that one of the Baldwin Brothers or one of Martin Sheen s sons had just shot the President That was the reaction of the public the day after Lincoln was murdered There was no scrounging around looking for information on some obscure lone gunman like the media has been forced to do in these modern times The theater going public of the day recognized the name of John Wilkes Booth immediately He was the son of Junius Brutus Booth, one of first American theatrical stars and bro Imagine hearing that one of the Baldwin Brothers or one of Martin Sheen s sons had just shot the President That was the reaction of the public the day after Lincoln was murdered There was no scrounging around looking for information on some obscure lone gunman like the media has been forced to do in these modern times The theater going public of the day recognized the name of John Wilkes Booth immediately He was the son of Junius Brutus Booth, one of first American theatrical stars and brother to Edwin Booth who was just as famous in his own right While brother Edwin amassed a fortune and basked in critical praise in Boston and New York John Wilkes worked theintense and lower paying circuits in the south and mid west specializing in fight scenes and swordplay While he was popular and good looking he was the Sylvester Stallone of his day.My Thoughts be Bloody is the story of an acting family They were famous and well off but at the same time not quite accepted in polite society They lived in a no man s land between the classes and add to the fact that the children were also illegitimate It was a strange existence.John Wilkes found acceptance in the south as did Edwin in the North Edwin settled down and married while John was constantly in trouble The rifts and divisions among the two of them deepened just as the country split in two.I would recommend this book to anyone interested in the Lincoln assassination or if you are curious about how his relationship with his brother Edwin might have contributed to John Wilkes committing his infamous act

  2. says:

    The author, Nora Titone, grabbed me from the very first paragraph, in which she describes how Grover Cleveland, President of the United States, battles a blizzard to give a speech at a gala feast that would be attended by Mark Twain and hundreds of the leading figures of 1892 The honoree of the night would be an actor named Booth, an actor with strong ties to President Lincoln, probably the best known actor of his day No, not John Wilkes Booth, the assassin of Father Abraham, but rather, his b The author, Nora Titone, grabbed me from the very first paragraph, in which she describes how Grover Cleveland, President of the United States, battles a blizzard to give a speech at a gala feast that would be attended by Mark Twain and hundreds of the leading figures of 1892 The honoree of the night would be an actor named Booth, an actor with strong ties to President Lincoln, probably the best known actor of his day No, not John Wilkes Booth, the assassin of Father Abraham, but rather, his brother, Edwin Booth Thus begins a mesmerizing account of the growth and near death by civil war of a young nation told through the lives of two men who participated in, either directly or indirectly, nearly every important event of the times From the Gold Rush to the hanging of John Brown to the New York draft riots and of course the Civil War and the assassination of Lincoln Edwin Booth and John Wilkes Booth had front row seats These nation changing events are described by the author like the sharp jewels they were, terrifyingly dangerous crucibles in which men were either made or lost forever With diamond like clarity, Titone presents a stupendous amount of scholarly research in such an accessible and vivid way that even a reader such as myself, most definitely NOT a civil war history buff, becomes completely engrossed in the world being described Yet eventhan describing a historical moment, the book is an extremely detailed look at the people who lived in that moment, and reads nearly like a novel Through original letters written not only by the two brothers, but also by their family members and intimate associates, Titone reconstructs the thoughts, motivations and personal rivalries that drove Edwin and John Wilkes to become the men they grew up to be Edwin, a colossally famous and wealthy Shakespearean actor his brother John Wilkes, an itinerant actor always in his older brother s shadow and an infamous presidential murderer Ironically, today every American grade schooler knows the name of the assassin, but the name of the man who was so famous in his day that he was recognized in the street by strangers has been completely forgotten I cannot put it any better than does Doris Kearns Goodwin, author of Team of Rivals, in the forward she wrote for My Thoughts Be Bloody This book forces us to look at the familiar story of Lincoln s assassination in a new way through the lens of Booth s tangled family history Without a doubt, one of the best books I have read in a very long time, and one that should be on every must read list this holiday season

  3. says:

    Those Booth boys really learned their ABCs alcoholism, bigamy, child abuse, depression, egotism, ferocity, gambling, hotheadedness, infamy, jealousy, knuckleheadedness, lowhanded behavior, megalomania, narcissism, over reaching, pettiness, ruthlessness, STDs, truculence, underhandedness, wild mood swings, xenophobia, and I leave q and z for you to discover Alice Miller once wrote a book about how childhood trauma can produce either a Picasso or a Stalin She should have looked at this family Those Booth boys really learned their ABCs alcoholism, bigamy, child abuse, depression, egotism, ferocity, gambling, hotheadedness, infamy, jealousy, knuckleheadedness, lowhanded behavior, megalomania, narcissism, over reaching, pettiness, ruthlessness, STDs, truculence, underhandedness, wild mood swings, xenophobia, and I leave q and z for you to discover Alice Miller once wrote a book about how childhood trauma can produce either a Picasso or a Stalin She should have looked at this family it produced both in one generation A very well done piece of historical writing

  4. says:

    Most of us have been taught that Abraham Lincoln was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth And most of us know little else about the assassin other than the fact that he had been an actor This book delves into the life of John Wilkes Booth Ms.Titone s meticulous, documented research traces the history of the Booth family, and provides little known information about the motives behind Booth s desire to assassinate the President This thought provoking, historical family drama reads like a novel I Most of us have been taught that Abraham Lincoln was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth And most of us know little else about the assassin other than the fact that he had been an actor This book delves into the life of John Wilkes Booth Ms.Titone s meticulous, documented research traces the history of the Booth family, and provides little known information about the motives behind Booth s desire to assassinate the President This thought provoking, historical family drama reads like a novel It is a fascinating look at a family rivalry which ultimately may have influenced United States history Don t pass this one up

  5. says:

    Started out great, with a wealth of info about 19th century America and theatre world of that time Nora Titone builds up this fantastic rivalry between the brothers Booth, with John Wilkes coming out on the bottom each time Then, in the final chapter, it ends in a disappointing way After all the chapters going into the rivalry and how it may have built up to JW s shooting of Lincoln, it reports the assassination itself, presumably the climactic part of the book, in a hurried, impersonal way Started out great, with a wealth of info about 19th century America and theatre world of that time Nora Titone builds up this fantastic rivalry between the brothers Booth, with John Wilkes coming out on the bottom each time Then, in the final chapter, it ends in a disappointing way After all the chapters going into the rivalry and how it may have built up to JW s shooting of Lincoln, it reports the assassination itself, presumably the climactic part of the book, in a hurried, impersonal way She doesn t delve into what Booth may have been thinking on the run, or the motivations that he wrote of in his diary History has always recorded that Booth shot Lincoln because he thought in his demented mind that Lincoln intended to make himself a king like Julius Caesar He was also angry over the end of slavery I get the feeling that the author rushed through to the end because to go into any of this detail would ruin her thesis of John Wilkes shooting the Prez over jealousy of his brother.She does write some interesting things I never knew before Edwin had an affair with Laura Keene while on tour in the 1850 s It ended because Edwin couldn t control his love of spirits I have read Eleanor Ruggles famous biography of Booth Prince of Players and while it mentions Booth and Keene touring together and knowing each other, it never mentions that they knew each other like Adam and Eve Laura Keene, of course, was the actress whose company was performing in Ford s Theatre the night of Lincoln s assassination Edwin could also be as calculating a fiend as his brother John Booth s brother in law John Sleeper Clarke had a version of Our American Cousin which competed with Keene s, a version from which Clarke borrowed several bits When Keene sued Clarke over it, Edwin countered by telling his bro in law Keene s deep, dark secret that she had never divorced her first husband, an abusive alcoholic she had married in her native England She had fled to America to escape him, and now lived with a man, a gambler who was supposedly her husband, but legally was not Edwin knew this from his affair with Keene and used it against her Keene dropped the suit Also, Edwin retired from the stage after his borther s deed, but came back in September of that year by producing a play with Clarke it was Our American Cousin the play that Lincoln had been killed while watching Keene was enraged and said so, but hers was a lone voice crying in the wilderness No one else pretty much cared Cold businessman indeed.Onething about Keene One biography I read of her years ago left me the impression that she simply shrugged off being present for one of the most infamous moments in history hey, the president was shot while my company was performing, no big deal Eh, life goes on Titone paints a different picture saying that Keene was never able to escape the events of that night, and people came to stare at her in morbid fascination

  6. says:

    My Thoughts Be Bloody, The Bitter Rivalry That Led to the Assassination of Abraham Lincoln by Nora Titone, published by Free Press.Category History Publication Date May 31, 2011An absolute must read for the historian or anyone interested in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln Nora Titone puts a unique and interesting turn on his murder A book that is totally dedicated to the Booth family, and the events leading up to Lincoln s assassination.The history of the Booth family begins with Ju My Thoughts Be Bloody, The Bitter Rivalry That Led to the Assassination of Abraham Lincoln by Nora Titone, published by Free Press.Category History Publication Date May 31, 2011An absolute must read for the historian or anyone interested in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln Nora Titone puts a unique and interesting turn on his murder A book that is totally dedicated to the Booth family, and the events leading up to Lincoln s assassination.The history of the Booth family begins with Junius Brutus Booth who was a celebrated Shakespearian actor Junius was at the top of his career in England when he left his wife for a younger woman Junius had to leave England for America with his new wife as he still remained married to his first wife They made a new life for themselves in America, with no one the wiser, and started a family while Junius became the most prominent actor in his new country Plagued with alcoholism and depression he died leaving a bitter rivalry between two of his sons, Edwin and John Edwin became a great actor while John found himself an actor of dubious talent, always in the shadow of his brother John Edwin became the head of the large and family and was responsible for their well being He was able to provide handsomely for them because of this fame and the monetary rewards it afforded him The outbreak of the Civil War widened the gap between the brothers as they took different sides in the conflict, leading to the Lincoln assassination at Ford s Theatre on April 14, 1865.The book provides interesting facts about the Booth family and the people that they associated with It also parallels the struggle of the Civil war with the struggle of the two brothers

  7. says:

    This highly readable work is a major accomplishment for any writer, especially a first time author The book is well planned and paced It starts with a description of Edwin Booth s life in as a leader in society in 1892 Then, the family story begins in a straight chronology starting with 1821 with Junius Brutus Booth to a smooth transition to the next generation of Edwin and John Wilkes This is a powerful story on its own, and Nora Titone s skills as a researcher and writer bring it to full f This highly readable work is a major accomplishment for any writer, especially a first time author The book is well planned and paced It starts with a description of Edwin Booth s life in as a leader in society in 1892 Then, the family story begins in a straight chronology starting with 1821 with Junius Brutus Booth to a smooth transition to the next generation of Edwin and John Wilkes This is a powerful story on its own, and Nora Titone s skills as a researcher and writer bring it to full fruition.There is a lot here to contemplate, the most compelling being the portrait of an assassin You can see how the chip on JW Booth s shoulder only grows His political passion is informed by his own inability to claim what he believes is a birth right You see his psychology develop and how he came to defend slavery despite being in a family that bought the freedom of its workers Other interesting topics include family dynamics birth order, gender, responsibility and the role of actors in society.The author skillfully weaves the historical background into the story Particularly good integrations are those of the Isthmus of Panama crossings, the oil boom in western Pennsylvania and the draft riots in New York The profile of Julia Ward Howe is a little too long in proportion to her role in the story.I hope to hearfrom Nora Titon

  8. says:

    This book give us pause to consider the actual possible reasons for John Wilkes Booth perpetrating the ultimate crime of the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln She shows the possiblity of sibling rivalry and the relatively early loss of the father that John so much admired, and the possible psychological effects both of these issues could have had on John Titone also helps us learn about the Booth family, and not just John Wilkes For example, she informs us of how Edwin Booth was by f This book give us pause to consider the actual possible reasons for John Wilkes Booth perpetrating the ultimate crime of the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln She shows the possiblity of sibling rivalry and the relatively early loss of the father that John so much admired, and the possible psychological effects both of these issues could have had on John Titone also helps us learn about the Booth family, and not just John Wilkes For example, she informs us of how Edwin Booth was by far the most popular actor in his generation of the family, and not John Wilkes as many of us have been led to believe Overall great read

  9. says:

    I really, really liked reading this book It combined everything I like in a nonfiction history a new angle on a subject that I was already interested in this case in this case, the book offers a new take on John Wilkes Booth s motivations behind the assassination of Lincoln , and a look into a world that was previously obscured to me in this case, the world of 19th century American theater Titone s fascinating thesis is that it was the stage rivalry between Edwin and John Wilkes that led t I really, really liked reading this book It combined everything I like in a nonfiction history a new angle on a subject that I was already interested in this case in this case, the book offers a new take on John Wilkes Booth s motivations behind the assassination of Lincoln , and a look into a world that was previously obscured to me in this case, the world of 19th century American theater Titone s fascinating thesis is that it was the stage rivalry between Edwin and John Wilkes that led the latter to eventually try to achieve fame in a different and darker arena I knew next to nothing about Edwin Booth, and even less about the Booth family in general It turns out the back story behind that family s immigration to America, and the rise of Junius Brutus Booth the father of Edwin and John Wilkes to become one of America s preeminent actors, makes for a compelling story in its own right In brief, as Titone describes it, young Junius, after first achieving success on the stages of London, seduces a teenaged Covent Garden flower girl to run off to America with him, to live out Byronic ideals of free love and democracy Junius having left a LEGAL WIFE AND SON behind in England, proceeds to build a second family in the woods of Maryland, in between traveling around the United States and building his career as an actor He has 10 children in the States, all legally born out of wedlock, including Edwin and John Wilkes Things get eveninteresting when after a few decades, Junius s wife in England discovers what has happened, and promptly moves to Balti with her son, in order to harass his new family.Basically, the story goes on from there, at times becoming soap operatic with its twists and turns Edwin, sensitive, muchdemocratically inclined andtalented than his other brothers, emerges as a deeply flawed figure given to bouts of ridiculous selfishness , who still comes off as muchsympathetic than his younger brother who is drawn as a deeply passionate and physically beautiful young man, who was also spoiled and unreliable with a penchant for bullying and cruelty The story traces the two of them, as they each vie to take over their father s legacy as a major theatrical star In short, Edwin becomes massively successful and is universally hailed as a great talent, while John Wilkes, despite having inherited his father s looks, finds out that he doesn t have the necessary talent to succeed The reason I knocked off one star is that the book very strangely looses steam exactly where John, gradually disenchanted with the theater, embraces Confederate politics and assassinates Lincoln For this part, Titone comes back to her original idea, which is pretty fascinating, that JWB purposefully staged the assassination as new kind of theatrical performance one which broke down the fourth wall in a very violent way Yet, with that point made, the descriptions of the act feel very disjointed from the rest of the story There is only a very short discussion of the actual planning of the assassination plot or the immediate aftermath and almost nothing is shown from JWB s point of view The effect is very weird, since it feels like we have closely followed John Wilkes life about 3 4 s of the way through, with Titone drawing out how he was subtly led towards the assassination Yet right at the end, she jumps to the climax without exploring how he took that final step I can only imagine that she may have glossed over this part because so many other books have focused on the assassination plot details All the same, the final effect is weird, which is shame, coming at the end of an awesome book

  10. says:

    This is an excellent history of 2 brothers and a father and a family It is one big group of very interesting and super dysfunctional people who had the distinction of being tied to the murder of a presidentTHE President The chapters on the father, Junius Brutus Booth, were fascinating and are a prime illustration of that old sins of the father thingie Joseph Kennedy JB was the most famous actor of his time, but had a pretty crazy life His kids had a variety of problems, but some follow This is an excellent history of 2 brothers and a father and a family It is one big group of very interesting and super dysfunctional people who had the distinction of being tied to the murder of a presidentTHE President The chapters on the father, Junius Brutus Booth, were fascinating and are a prime illustration of that old sins of the father thingie Joseph Kennedy JB was the most famous actor of his time, but had a pretty crazy life His kids had a variety of problems, but some followed their dad onto the stage This book discusses in greatest detail the brothers Edwin and John Wilkes Edwin inherited his father s genius and was famous until almost the end of that century, despite some serious addictive issues Wilkes, who I never, ever, ever thought I would feel an ounce of sympathy for, turns out to be a some whatsorta sympathetic figure Obviously he was a bastard, literally and historically He was also a good looking, but bad acting little brother to the best actor in the country He wanted to be rich and famous and respected, but he couldn t be any He even lost the equivalent of 240,000 in today s money on a plan to strike it rich drilling for oil, just months before that fateful and fatal April of 1865 And then he did it and changed everything for his family and the country and of course for himself as he only last 11days An interesting side note is that among the items taken off the body of JW Booth a the time of his death were 5 pictures of women he had known and dated One of them was an actress named Helen Western, who only lived to be 25, but may be a long lost relative of mine Others in the book who come off as notable are the famous actress Laura Keene, who witnessed the assassination and was allowed to hold President Lincoln as he lay dying, his blood soaking through her cloths Another was the drama critic and later aide to General and President Grant, Adam Badeau Very interesting, well written, and highly recommended

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