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Good Brother, Bad Brother
ISBN: 9780544809741
Author: Giblin, James Cross
Publisher: Harcourt Childrens Books
Published: January 2017
Retail: $10.99    OUR PRICE: $1.99
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Binding Type: Paperback
Annotation: Through a review of their family and political ideologies, presents a look at two brothers who stood on opposing sides during the Civil War and how one, John Wilkes Booth, became the infamous assassin of President Abraham Lincoln.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Assassins; United States; Biography; Juvenile literature.
Actors; United States; Biography; Juvenile literature.
Brothers; United States; Biography; Juvenile literature.
Dewey: 792.02/80922
LCCN: bl2016050105
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 7-9, Age 12-14
Book type: Juvenile Non-Fiction
Target Grade: 7-9
Grade level: 7-9
Physical Information: 0.50" H x 50.00" L x 7.50" W
Bargain Category: Middle School, History, High School, Non-Fiction
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Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2005 Fall)
It's convenient to think of Edwin Booth as "good," and his brother, President Lincoln's assassin, as "bad," but this dual biography shows that such labels are simplistic. Giblin raises his biographical curtain on both brothers in the theater, letting the mid-1800s' arts and the brothers' careers share center stage. Period photos put faces to the history. Source notes. Bib., ind. Copyright 2005 Horn Book Guide Reviews.
Reviewed by Horn Book Magazine Reviews (Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2005 #3)
Amateur historians may find it convenient to think of Edwin Booth, often considered the finest classical actor of his time, as "good," and his brother, John Wilkes, President Lincoln's assassin, as "bad," but as Giblin shows in this dual biography, such labels are usually too simplistic. Edwin spent much of his youth following in his father's footsteps as he learned the actor's craft but, equally as passionately, embraced alcohol, which had led to his father's downfall. John Wilkes's public rise and then fall reverses Edwin's cycle: he was known as the bright, cheerful son and actor who suffered none of Edwin's internal demons until, fueled by his hatred of Lincoln, he became the first individual to kill an American president. Giblin raises his biographical curtain on both brothers in the theater, letting both the mid-nineteenth-century arts and the brothers' careers share center stage. Still, the liveliest part of the narrative begins with John Wilkes's assassination intrigue -- his violent act, capture, and death -- and concludes with Edwin's attempt to continue his public life amidst the resulting publicity. Giblin's bibliography and discussion of sources opens a wealth of avenues for further reading; period photographs put faces to the history. An index will be included in the finished book. Copyright 2005 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.
Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2005 May)
Gr 6-9-Actors Edwin and John Wilkes Booth each had a compelling stage presence and a fondness for alcohol, just like their famous father, Junius. Edwin spent his life perfecting his craft and building a reputation as the finest classical actor of his time. John was impulsive, popular with the ladies, and best known today as the man who assassinated Abraham Lincoln. The text is carefully researched, drawing heavily on firsthand accounts from family members and liberally illustrated with photographs, most from the Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library. The writing is engaging and eminently readable, and presents history in a manner that is, in essence, consummate storytelling. Giblin traces the events leading up to the assassination, discussing the Civil War, John Wilkes Booth's love for the Confederacy, and the plots he and his colleagues hatched to kidnap Lincoln. The effects that the assassination had on the country, and his family, are clearly presented. The search for Booth and his coconspirators rivals the excitement of police procedurals as Giblin chronicles efforts by law enforcement to bring the group to justice. Edwin's later life and his contributions to American theater are discussed. Behind all his successes, however, stood the ghost of his brother John, and the act that would forever link the Booth name with disgrace. What a story! This is nonfiction at its finest.-Jennifer Ralston, Harford County Public Library, Belcamp, MD Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.