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A gripping historical novel set amidst the confusion and chaos of the Civil War, "Booth" is the story of the only conspirator in the plot to assassinate Abraham Lincoln who was not killed or executed--a young man who falls under the spell of the charismatic and captivating world-famous stage actor, and is gradually sucked into the vortex of Booth's insidious plans.
The novel opens in 1916, the last year of narrator John Surratt's life. Surratt, who has spent the years since Lincoln's death as an obscure shipping clerk, is approached by D.W. Griffith to read from his Civil War diary in Griffith's movie "Birth of a Nation." As Surratt reads over his diary for the first time in fifty years, the reader returns to the tumultuous days of 1864, and a chance encounter between Surratt and John Wilkes Booth. Booth, a larger-than-life personality whose appetites, fame, and sheer force of will bedazzle everyone around him, helps to secure Surratt a position as the assistant to renowned photographer Alexander Gardner. Over the following weeks, Booth continues to lavish attention on Surratt, slowly drawing him bit by bit into his web of intrigue. By the time Surratt discovers the desperate nature of Booth's true intentions, it is too late, and he finds himself caught up in a firestorm of violence that shatters forever his insulated life and mild ambitions.
Based on the actual historical record of the plot to kill Lincoln, and illustrated with photographs of the conspirators and their execution, the novel is filled with the kind of detail of nineteenth-century architecture, photography, and day-to-day bustle that brings Civil War Washington vividly to life. A powerful evocation of a dangerous, chaotic, and tragic time, "Booth" is the compulsively readable story of the most infamous assassination in our history, as well as a riveting portrait of an enigmatic figure who continues to haunt the American imagination.
"Booth" is a selection of both the Barnes and Noble "Discover Great New Writers" program and Borders' "Discover" program.
Title: BOOTH A Novel
Edition: First Edition; First Printing
Publisher: Doubleday: 1998
ISBN Number: 0385487061
ISBN Number 13: 9780385487061
Book Condition: Near Fine in Near Fine dust jacket
Inscription: Signed by Author
Weight: 1.00 Item
Seller ID: 106550
Description: Signed and Dated by Author on half title page. Near Fine Hardcover in Near Fine Dust Jacket. Binding straight and tight; corners and edges sharp. No chips or tears. No marks or writing. First Edition, First Printing. Scan shows actual copy. ; A historical novel. ; 336 pages; Signed by Author