Monday, November 8, 2010

My Thoughts Be Bloody...

Nora Titone, author of My Thoughts Be Bloody: The Bitter Rivalry Between Edwin and John Wilkes Booth That Led to an American Tragedy

This sweeping family saga will rewrite our understanding of one of the most seminal tragedies in American history: the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. Every American knows the literal story of what happened in Ford’s Theatre on April 14, 1865: Lincoln was shot by a second-rate actor, John Wilkes Booth, a lunatic enraged at the Union victory and the prospect of black citizenship. But Nora Titone, a brilliant young historian, has uncovered a hidden history, buried until now in private letters, journals, and reminiscences of the Booth family, that will captivate all readers of American history and electrify the historical debate.

To recreate the lost world of Edwin and John Wilkes Booth, Titone leads readers on a tour of the 19th Nora Titonecentury, bringing forgotten landscapes to life.  The action moves from the slums of 1840s Baltimore to the gold fields of California, and from the jungles of Panama to the mansions of Gilded Age New York.  By the end of the journey, readers will see Abraham Lincoln’s death less as the result of the war between the North and South, than the climax of a dark struggle between two brothers.
Author bio: Nora Titone studied history at Harvard University and the University of California at Berkeley.  For the past decade she has worked as a historical researcher specializing in nineteenth-century America for a range of academics, authors, and artists.  She lives in Chicago.

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