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This book was about farthan the history of Abraham Lincoln s assassination by John Wilkes Booth This fictionalized account delves into the psyche of a murderer However, I don t think the author quite developed the profile of the protagonist enough to let the really fully understand what was going on in his mind I didn t dislike this book, but neither did I really like it a lot However, something kept me reading to the end. Actual rating 3 1 2 starsAn interesting and creative blend of historical fact and fiction, this book tells about the events surround one of the saddest chapters of American history the Civil War and the assassination of President Lincoln.Using trial transcripts, pictures and diary entries, we re taken through the events for the most part by John Surratt, the only Lincoln conspirator not to be put to death Later in the book there s a short section where Booth takes over as narrator detailin Actual rating 3 1 2 starsAn interesting and creative blend of historical fact and fiction, this book tells about the events surround one of the saddest chapters of American history the Civil War and the assassination of President Lincoln.Using trial transcripts, pictures and diary entries, we re taken through the events for the most part by John Surratt, the only Lincoln conspirator not to be put to death Later in the book there s a short section where Booth takes over as narrator detailing the events of the assassination and his flight from justice Events flash back and forth through time from 1864 64 to 1867 to the final days of Surratt s life in 1916.I like the fact that at the end of the book the author detailed what creative licenses he took and why, and also took great pains to separate fact from fiction as it pertains to the historical figures he wrote about versus the versions he created.It took me awhile to get into it, but once I did, I read through it pretty quickly I got this book ages and ages ago on BookCrossing, and have been feeling guilty for not getting to it sooner I finally made my way through it and enjoyed itthan I thought I would I do like some fiction with my history And this was an interesting take on things, though I was hoping it might answer some questions it presents the accounts of the assassination attempt as told by Booth s friend, who was asked to be part of the kidnapping conspiracy but ended up not going through with it We I got this book ages and ages ago on BookCrossing, and have been feeling guilty for not getting to it sooner I finally made my way through it and enjoyed itthan I thought I would I do like some fiction with my history And this was an interesting take on things, though I was hoping it might answer some questions it presents the accounts of the assassination attempt as told by Booth s friend, who was asked to be part of the kidnapping conspiracy but ended up not going through with it We also get bits and pieces from diary entries, trial transcripts, andto build a picture of John Wilkes Booth for ourselves based on how other characters see him throughout I liked the idea of that, but the problem was that we don t come away with a complete understanding of what really happened Then again, we might never know exactly what happened and why, so maybe this is as good an account as any, really.My favorite element in this book was the main character becoming an apprentice to a photographer One of my favorite parts of touring Gettysburg is the Civil War Battlefield photography on display on table markers, where you can compare the scenery to the scene back then So to dive into that world a bit and see what it was like to photograph on a battlefield or in a studio was really wonderful I was devastated to read the note at the end and find out that that particular person never worked in that profession at all It was a great element to add, but that level of fictionalization was painful for me after I d really fallen in love with that aspect In all, I thought the book was well done There was a lot of jumping about, which I think lent to the feeling of uncertainty at the end But there was also a vivid picture of Booth painted He was someone everyone took notice of including, I suppose, the main character s mother and someone who thought he was doing something that would ultimately save lives and preserve a way of life I could understand a little why he planned to kidnap the president But the extremes he ended up going to are hard to sympathize with It took me a long time to read this relatively slim volume, and I think that s part of why my rating is closer to three stars than four While the story, by the end, was an interesting one, I had a hard time caring enough about it to put other things I was reading down in order to get back to it John Surratt, Jr was the only one of the accused Booth conspirators to live to the end of his natural life His mother, on the other hand, was executed along with three others in connection with the as It took me a long time to read this relatively slim volume, and I think that s part of why my rating is closer to three stars than four While the story, by the end, was an interesting one, I had a hard time caring enough about it to put other things I was reading down in order to get back to it John Surratt, Jr was the only one of the accused Booth conspirators to live to the end of his natural life His mother, on the other hand, was executed along with three others in connection with the assassination, and the strength of the evidence that convicted her has been a matter of endless debate forthan 150 years This book is about John Surratt, however, and the author s novelization of his friendship with John Wilkes Booth Booth here is manipulative and smarmy Surratt naive and needy Surratt is initially awed by Booth s attentions, and then disillusioned The story is highly fictionalized, though Robertson takes time in the afterword to tell us what was real and what was part of his imagination It is intriguing to consider what might have occurred if Surratt and D.W Griffith had met and if Surratt had shared his memories, but that experience exists only in the pages of this novel Ditto Surratt working as a photographer s assistant There are a lot of what ifs here, but that s what makes historical fiction enjoyable Taking the known narrative and asking how differently the story might go if a few curve balls had been thrown into the mix is great fun Booth is an historical fiction novel about John Wilkes Booth and the assassination of Pres Lincoln as told by John Surratt, the only conspirator who was not put to death I am not particularly drawn to these types of novels but I found this one quite fascinating I could not put the book down and read it in one day The novel is written in such a way as to make one believe it is fact There are diary entries, trial transcripts and actual photographs which tell the story I found this book on qu Booth is an historical fiction novel about John Wilkes Booth and the assassination of Pres Lincoln as told by John Surratt, the only conspirator who was not put to death I am not particularly drawn to these types of novels but I found this one quite fascinating I could not put the book down and read it in one day The novel is written in such a way as to make one believe it is fact There are diary entries, trial transcripts and actual photographs which tell the story I found this book on quite a whim in that I happened to notice it on the library shelf and was attracted to the cover I was quite surprised to find that there are hardly any reviews of this book here I would highly recommend it I liked this book a lot I ve never really read a lot on John Wilkes i like his brother Edwin quite a bit and i thought this book did a good job of portraying how he d use his acting skills to get desired reactions from people, explaining why he still killed Lincoln after Lee s surrender and showing the wartime life of Washington I also found the way the author hinted that Lewis Powell suffered from PTSD to very interesting and made him sympathetic he s a very small part The pictures were a I liked this book a lot I ve never really read a lot on John Wilkes i like his brother Edwin quite a bit and i thought this book did a good job of portraying how he d use his acting skills to get desired reactions from people, explaining why he still killed Lincoln after Lee s surrender and showing the wartime life of Washington I also found the way the author hinted that Lewis Powell suffered from PTSD to very interesting and made him sympathetic he s a very small part The pictures were also helpful in identifying characters and Lewis s portrait is one of the most beautiful and haunting I ve seen from that era Not completely historically accurate, but it is fiction and he has an interesting twist on the famous missing 12 pages of Booth s diary.Great book I read this many years ago, and the story stayed with me so strongly, I felt compelled to seek out and purchase another copy when my son began studying the civil war era in school I have never been a student of history or a fan of the historical novel, but found this story so fascinating that it piqued my interest in both I have enjoyed re reading it just as thoroughly as I did the first time It puts a human face and perspective to a distant and seldom considered aspect of this moment in hist I read this many years ago, and the story stayed with me so strongly, I felt compelled to seek out and purchase another copy when my son began studying the civil war era in school I have never been a student of history or a fan of the historical novel, but found this story so fascinating that it piqued my interest in both I have enjoyed re reading it just as thoroughly as I did the first time It puts a human face and perspective to a distant and seldom considered aspect of this moment in history Highly recommend *FREE PDF ⇶ Booth ☠ A gripping historical novel set amidst the confusion and chaos of the Civil War, Booth is the story of the only conspirator in the plot to assassinate Abraham Lincoln who was not killed or executed a young man who falls under the spell of the charismatic and captivating world famous stage actor, and is gradually sucked into the vortex of Booth s insidious plansThe novel opens in , the last year of narrator John Surratt s life Surratt, who has spent the years since Lincoln s death as an obscure shipping clerk, is approached by DW Griffith to read from his Civil War diary in Griffith s movie Birth of a Nation As Surratt reads over his diary for the first time in fifty years, the reader returns to the tumultuous days of , and a chance encounter between Surratt and John Wilkes Booth Booth, a larger than life personality whose appetites, fame, and sheer force of will bedazzle everyone around him, helps to secure Surratt a position as the assistant to renowned photographer Alexander Gardner Over the following weeks, Booth continues to lavish attention on Surratt, slowly drawing him bit by bit into his web of intrigue By the time Surratt discovers the desperate nature of Booth s true intentions, it is too late, and he finds himself caught up in a firestorm of violence that shatters forever his insulated life and mild ambitionsBased on the actual historical record of the plot to kill Lincoln, and illustrated with photographs of the conspirators and their execution, the novel is filled with the kind of detail of nineteenth century architecture, photography, and day to day bustle that brings Civil War Washington vividly to life A powerful evocation of a dangerous, chaotic, and tragic time, Booth is the compulsively readable story of the most infamous assassination in our history, as well as a riveting portrait of an enigmatic figure who continues to haunt the American imagination Booth is a selection of both the Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers program and Borders Discover program Truthfully, I don t think this book ever really held me in its grasp While a lot of details regarding Booth were new to me, I just felt it difficult to be that interested in his self serving, rationalized motives and actions The character of John Surratt telling the story does seem tragic considering how his whole family basically were fooled and manipulated by Booth History buffs might give this book a higher rating because Robertson does tie a lot of historical background information into t Truthfully, I don t think this book ever really held me in its grasp While a lot of details regarding Booth were new to me, I just felt it difficult to be that interested in his self serving, rationalized motives and actions The character of John Surratt telling the story does seem tragic considering how his whole family basically were fooled and manipulated by Booth History buffs might give this book a higher rating because Robertson does tie a lot of historical background information into the story As I like politics, it was fun to learn so much about Lincoln s assassination This book, although not written in a sparkling fashion, recreates Civil War era Washington very well I m still not certain about some of the facts of Lincoln s assassination, such as how much of a role did Mary Surratt really have in it, was Dr Mudd an accessory, and did they actually capture Wilkes Booth I suspect the answers are yes, no, and yes.