This account of the fraternal conflict between Edwin Booth-one of
the most acclaimed Shakespearean actors of his era-and his less
successful brother John Wilkes, who would soon achieve another, far
darker brand of immortality for his own dramatic act, is read by
John Bedford Lloyd, whose placid tone belies an undertone of
menace. His reading is solid but uninspired-a surprising tone for a
book that is itself about the lives of two singular dramatists. The
audiobook also offers an introduction read by Doris Kearns Goodwin,
who good-naturedly, if slightly awkwardly, pays tribute to the
quality of Titone's scholarship. A Free Press hardcover. (Oct.) (c)
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"This is narrative history at its most engaging and edifying: the
forgotten story of a sibling rivalry, shot through with
Shakespearean overtones, that played itself out tragically on the
national stage. With the authority of a historian, and the dramatic
talents of a novelist, Nora Titone has written a book full of
surprises that will fundamentally change the way Americans think
about John Wilkes Booth."
--Toby Lester, author of "The Fourth Part of the World"
"The Booth family, like most involved with creative endeavors,
produced brilliant eccentrics. What began as sibling rivalry
transformed into something darker and deadly as national divisions
became mirrored in family squabbles. How ironic that the greatest
family of the American theatre produced the assassin of the
greatest President who supported American theatre. For anyone
wanting to know how this could happen, """My Thoughts Be Bloody" is
the book to read."
--Tom Schwartz, Director of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential
Library and Museum
"Titone's riveting book - written with the authority of a historian
and the twists and turns of a novelist - leads us to see Lincoln's
killing, for the first time, through the crucible of bitter sibling
rivalry...A great read." --"Philadelphia Inquirer"
Why did John Wilkes Booth do it? In "My Thoughts Be Bloody" young
historian Nora Titone is one of the few to have genuinely explored
this question. In doing so, she has crafted a fascinating
psychological drama about one of the central events of the Civil
War: the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. This book promises to
stimulate lively historical debate, and will be a treat for every
Civil War buff who always pondered that haunting question, "what
made him pull that trigger?" Bravo on a marvelous achievement. --
Jay Winik, author of "April 1865" and "The Great Upheaval"
"Nora Titone's energetic narrative persuades a reader that history
must add to its indictment of Booth the crime of fratricide."
--Thomas Mallon, author of "Henry and Clara"