Fortune’s Fool

boothWith a single pistol shot, John Wilkes Booth stunned a nation and changed the course of history. Fortune’s Fool by Terry Alford is the first in-depth bio of Lincoln’s assassin. Booth was a celebrated actor from a family of thespians, his prodigious talents, however,  hid a darker side of erratic behavior and political obsessions.  Did his obsessive plotting about Lincoln grow out of his sense of duty to his beleaguered South, or was it a fantastic “self-conscious performance with himself as star”? Read and discover.

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