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Until April 14, 1865, John Wilkes Booth was one of the most famous actors of his time, and President Abraham Lincoln had even watched him perform. But his most significant performance at a theater did not take place on the stage. That night, Booth became one of history's most infamous assassins when he assassinated President Lincoln at Ford's Theatre in Washington, DC. Booth was a member of the prominent 19th century Booth theatrical family from Maryland and, by the 1860s, was a well-known actor. But he was also a confederate sympathizer who dabbled in espionage, and he was increasingly outraged at the Lincoln administration. Although Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia had surrendered days earlier, Booth believed the war was not yet over because Confederate General Joseph E. Johnston's army was still fighting the Union Army, so he and his group of conspirators plotted to kill Lincoln and other top officials in a bid to decapitate the federal government and help the South.
Perhaps not surprisingly, the actor's flair for the dramatic came at a cost to the plot.
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By Alan E. Fleming on 02-25-16
How do you pronounce Appomattox?
What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?
A better narrator
Has Decisive Moments in History: The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln and the Manhunt for John Wilkes Booth turned you off from other books in this genre?
Have you listened to any of Neal Arango’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
I do not recall ever hearing him before. I do not think I would listen to another book that he narrates.
You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?
It seemed historically accurate, and gave several new historical insights I had not heard before.
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How do you pronounce Appomattox? In my entire life, including being born in Virginia, having parents and relatives from the south and watched and listened to many forms of media in which I have heard the pronunciation of the word "Appomattox", I have never heard it pronounced as A-pom-a-tocks. Each time I heard it it made me cringe.
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