John Wilkes Booth: A Sister's Memoir by Asia Booth Clarke edited by
Terry Alford A sister's affectionate look into the complex mind and
character of her brother, the man who killed Lincoln. Asia Booth
Clarke's memoir is an indispensable resource for perceiving the
complexities of her ill-fated brother. Indeed, as has been said,
she "turns on the light in the Booth family living room." Certainly
no outsider could give such insights into the turbulent Booth's
childhood or share such unique personal knowledge of the gifted
actor. Asia portrays him as an enigmatic figure, at once gentle and
romantic while passionate and fanatical. She writes with a sister's
affection and even with indulgence, but she mingles these with
horror as she confronts the calamitous aftermath the assassination
of Lincoln brought to Booth and to his family. Terry Alford is a
professor of history at Northern Virginia Community College and a
leading authority on the life of John Wilkes Booth.
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