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Good Brother, Bad Brother: The Story of Edwin Booth and John Wilkes Booth

by James Cross Giblin

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Intended for grades 6-9 this text provides a dual portrait of brothers Edwin and John Wilkes Booth. This text includes several photographs that help tell the story of these two very different brothers. Author, James Cross Giblin, drew on several first-hand accounts from family members, friends, and colleagues to chronicle the lives of the Booth brothers. This text, although informative, reads like a well-written story. It could be recommended to a student who is interested in this subject as recreational reading or used during a unit in U.S. history on the assassination of Lincoln.
  bflanagan | Jul 31, 2015 |
OK--this was an interesting book and I enjoyed reading the details of the early life of the Booth brothers, I just wish that we had known a bit more about John Wilkes Booth and his early years instead of concentrating so much on Edwin. It was fascinating to see how Edwin was treated after the assassination. ( )
  carolvanbrocklin | Aug 28, 2013 |
From early childhood to the years beyond President Lincoln’s assassination, this book explains the relationship between John Wilkes Booth and his brother, Edwin Booth.
  KilmerMSLibrary | Apr 30, 2013 |
America knows John Wilkes Booth as the man who shot Abraham Lincoln and devastated a nation. But not as much is knows about Booth before that murder. This book delves into his background as an actor and it also chronicles the life of his brother Edwin. Both are actors and both find of the bottle, but they differed in other ways. Edwin actually voted for Lincoln.

Readers are treated to first-hand accounts of family members, friends, and colleagues to help put the picture together of these two brothers. This book would work well with Chasing Lincoln's Killer by James L. Swanson. Readers could compare and contrast John Wilkes booth in both books. ( )
  melissadorish | Dec 7, 2012 |
A great book that brings to light Edwin Wilkes Booth and James Wilkes Booths background and the days before and after the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. Who knew that James Wilkes Booth came from a famed and well loved family of actors? I just thought he was a crazy guy. I appreciate how Giblin lays out their lives without boring the reader, providing primary sources to back up his story. ( )
  helenpeynado | Apr 22, 2012 |
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Edwin Booth and his younger brother John Wilkes Booth were, in many ways, two of a kind. They were among America’s finest actors, having inherited their father’s commanding stage presence along with his penchant for alcohol and impulsive behavior. In other respects, the two brothers were very different. Edwin was more introspective, while John was known for his passionate intensity. They stood at opposite poles politically, as well: Edwin voted for Abraham Lincoln; John was an ardent advocate of the Confederacy.

Award-winning author James Cross Giblin draws on first-hand accounts of family members, friends, and colleagues to create vivid images of Edwin Booth and his brother John Wilkes, best known today as the man who shot Abraham Lincoln. He traces the events leading up to the assassination and describes the effects of John Wilkes’s infamous deed on himself, his family, and his country. Comprehensive and compelling, this dual portrait illuminates a dark and tragic moment in the nation’s history and explores the complex legacy of two leading men—one revered, the other abhorred. Notes, bibliography, index.

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Most people know the name John Wilkes Booth, but few likely have heard of his elder brother Edwin. Find out about the brothers through first-hand accounts. Learn how alike and how different they were, and how each made a lasting impression on American history.… (more)

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