With 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.