American Gothic: The Story of America's Legendary Theatrical Family, Junius, Edwin, and John Wilkes Booth

American Gothic The Story of America s Legendary Theatrical Family Junius Edwin and John Wilkes Booth In the lives of the greatest family of actors in the th century lies a Shakespearean drama of murder madness and tragedy Smith recounts the story of an actor father whose two sons cast themselves

  • Title: American Gothic: The Story of America's Legendary Theatrical Family, Junius, Edwin, and John Wilkes Booth
  • Author: Gene Smith
  • ISBN: 9780671767136
  • Page: 385
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In the lives of the greatest family of actors in the 19th century lies a Shakespearean drama of murder, madness, and tragedy Smith recounts the story of an actor father whose two sons cast themselves as regicides, one on the stage as Hamlet, the other as Lincoln s infamous assassin in this captivating mixture of history and biography Photographs.

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    • Chris says:

      Disclaimer: ARC via Netgalley, courtesy of Open Road Media. Gene Smith’s American Gothic is supposedly a biography of the Booth family. In some ways, it is this. Chronicling the founding of the family and the demise of its last major member. Most of the book, however, is taken up with the infamous John Wilkes Booth and the events surrounding the assassination of Lincoln. Additionally, most of the book focuses on the men of the family, understandably so considering that the women marry into an [...]

    • Donna Davis says:

      I was invited to read and review this title by Open Road Media and Net Galley. Thanks to them for the DRC, which I received in exchange for an honest review. This title was released to the public October 4 and can be purchased any time you want it.Although I love a good night at the theater as much as anyone else, I came to this bearing a love of history and a strong affinity for the American Civil War. I didn’t realize to what extent this would be purely a biography of this family of actors, [...]

    • Laura says:

      I have changed/reduced my rating on this, because I just read American Brutus, which is in a whole different league. The review on that will be forthcoming.This was an interesting book, details the family history of the Booth's, their great talents and debilitating problems. They really were a famous (or infamous) bunch before the assassination. It is interesting to note that those who knew John Wilkes Booth best never thought it possible before the assassination that he would go to such extreme [...]

    • Barbara says:

      Very interesting to read about the whole Booth family. I knew a bit about John Wilkes Booth of course, but next to nothing about the other members of the family. I had no idea that Junius the elder was a vegetarian as well as an alcoholic who was considered by many to be insane. Edwin had to act as his "keeper" when he went out touring, and got his own start one day when Junius was too out of it to go on stage. Edwin and Junius Jr spent some time acting out in California during the Gold Rush. Jo [...]

    • Judy says:

      An interesting examination of an American family that impacted American political and theater history.

    • Robert Biggerstaff says:

      This book sent me spiraling into a depression that lasted a few weeks. It was great.

    • Melinda says:

      I have studied Lincoln extensively over the years--Ok, to be honest, I'm slightly obsessed with him, but more particularly with Mary Todd. The undergraduate college I attended allowed for students under the guidance of a faculty advisor, to write an individual course. One such course I designed was the study of the way in which Lincoln and Mark Twain influenced modern American speech. (I'm an English nerd.) You can't study Lincoln without studying the Civil War or without studying his assassinat [...]

    • Sarah - says:

      Really found this one fascinating, I had no idea that Booth was so famous before the assassination as I knew very little about him. Full review to come.

    • Deb says:

      This book was a delightful surprise. Well written,with sympathy to all characters. And the coincidences!

    • Stephen Mark says:

      This was my third Gene Smith. I also read Crimes and Misdemeanors about the impeachment of Andrew Johnson and Shattered Dream about Herbert Hoover's response to the Great Depression. I know very little about the stratification of historians but I would bet that Smith is considered middle-brow because these books are yarns, full of detail and maybe a bit light on drawing conclusions about big historical themes or structural changes in our economy or society. What they all offer is the paradox tha [...]

    • Ionia says:

      Whilst there have been a lot of book written about one. particular member of the Booth family, Gene Smith delves much deeper than that, offering a much more complete look at this theatrical family. If you love history and are interested in theatre, this is a book that you won't want to miss out on. With immaculate research and a way with words, this author brings to life a family that has been often forgotten, save for the act of John Wilkes Booth. It was nice to see the focus shifted from the L [...]

    • Sally Bennett says:

      I chose to read this book because of my uncertain family lineage: my original surname is Booth with known ancestors from Maryland, and I share an identical proclivity of respect for all living creatures as exhibited by Junius, the father. Those things caused me to pick up the book, and it was Gene Smith's gift for writing that kept me glued to it. It was a book that kept my mind busy sorting out the generations and relationships and as the story went on, even though I'm well aware of "the big ev [...]

    • Karla says:

      A more updated version of the family history that was previously covered in "The Mad Booths of Maryland." Smith's treatment is still far too broad, however.It would be nice if there was a book that intensively covered each of the major thespians in the Booth family (including Junius Jr.) instead of these scattered family treatments. However, I'm looking forward to Nora Titone's forthcoming book on Edwin & John Wilkes' relationship & the impact of Lincoln's assassination.

    • Melisende d'Outremer says:

      Basically, the story of the brothers Wilkes-Booth: John (who shot US President Lincoln at Ford Theatre) and his two brothers, Junius and Edwin (both actors).It was interesting enough and well written, and would be of more value to someone for whom this period in US history is of interest.As it is not really my area of interest, it held not spell over me.

    • Lisa Van Oosterum says:

      I loved this book about the entire Booth family. I can honestly say that I didn't really know anything about the Booth family. It is very readable. This family is extraordinary and gene Smith paints a very clear picture of the time.

    • Lori says:

      I listened to the audio version of this book, but cannot find any record of that format in here, and enjoyed it immensely. I think my interest was strong because of the theater history classes I have taken. It is a fascinating story.

    • Dave says:

      A very different perspective on J.W. Booth and his family. Who knew that he and his brother were the Clint Eastwood and Tom Cruz of their day?

    • Ahf says:

      Fascinating to learn about John Wilks Booth, Edward Booth and their father Junious Brutus Booth. What a sad and crazy family. But the book was only so-so.

    • Sam Israels says:

      Fascinating book about the Wilkes Booth familyEssential reading for any civil war buff

    • Jessica Jewett says:

      I found this book to be interesting and well-written. It does heavily focus on the three famous Booth men and I was hoping for a little bit more about the women in the family. Other than that, I found rather little to criticize. My knowledge of the family isn't enough to comment on historical accuracy or changing views on the subject over the years. The writing was engaging, however. I remained interested in the story throughout.

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