Fates and Traitors

Fates and Traitors

A Novel of John Wilkes Booth

Book - 2016
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ohn Wilkes Booth, the mercurial son of an acclaimed British stage actor and a Covent Garden flower girl, committed one of the most notorious acts in American history-the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln.

The subject of more than a century of scholarship, speculation, and even obsession, Booth is often portrayed as a shadowy figure, a violent loner whose single murderous act made him the most hated man in America. Lost to history until now is the story of the four women whom he loved and who loved him in return- Mary Ann, the steadfast matriarch of the Booth family; Asia, his loyal sister and confidante; Lucy Lambert Hale, the senator's daughter who adored Booth yet tragically misunderstood the intensity of his wrath; and Mary Surratt, the Confederate widow entrusted with the secrets of his vengeful plot.

Fates and Traitors brings to life pivotal actors-some willing, others unwitting-who made an indelible mark on the history of our nation. Chiaverini portrays not just a soul in turmoil but a country at the precipice of immense change.
Publisher: New York :, Dutton,, [2016]
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780525954309
0525954309
Branch Call Number: FIC Chiav
Characteristics: 385 pages : map

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maipenrai
Jun 21, 2019

Assuming that this book is based upon historical research, not invention, I found the stories of the lives of the many people who were related to / involved with John Wilkes Booth to be fascinating. We all know the basic facts of the assassination of Abraham Lincoln - perhaps even the derivation of the idiom: my name is mud.... I have never read the history / story from the perspective of Booth. Even knowing how the story ends I was very involved in the lives around the killer. I now want to read the history. Recommend. Kristi & Abby Tabby

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G_7
Oct 19, 2016

I enjoyed reading about John Wilkes Booth's family life and how that could have affected him. His father was a famous stage actor and he lived in the theater growing up. Jennifer Chiaverini brings us another great historical fiction book.

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