In American Brutus, popular historian Michael W. Kauffman delivers a history that reads more like a best-selling novel. This definitive masterwork dispels commonly held myths and reveals the truth about John Wilkes Booth.
Luring Southern sympathizers into a “noble” presidential kidnapping, Booth stunned his puzzled pawns by murdering Lincoln. From Booth’s early life and acting career to his escape and death, this meticulously researched book re-examines it all using a wealth of primary sources.
“Kauffman … offers a beautifully written, exhaustive and well-reasoned reassessment of … Booth and the murder of [Lincoln].” (Publishers Weekly)
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Good content ruined by bad narrator
Michael Kauffman, yes. Nelson Runger, never.
Yes but I would recommend the print version.
Never, worst I've ever listened to.
The content of this book is well researched and detailed. I enjoyed learning about the goings on of the time and about Booth's motives. I live in the Washington, DC area and many of the places were familiar to me so there was added interest to me personally.
Now for the negatives:
I could not get passed the narrator. I have listened to many audio books over the years and have never heard a worse narrator. I had to ask myself is this guy really a professional reader? Through out the whole reading you could hear constant lip smacking, swallow, and breathing. I always knew when a paragraph would end because Runger would pause for a solid 5+ seconds and lick his chops. It reminded me of when I give my dog peanut butter. After a while I felt ready to barf listening to it.
I would highly recommend the printed version of this book over the audio book.