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Consider the Elephant: The Life and Death of John Wilkes Booth as Told By His Brother Edwin Podcast by Aram Schefrin

Consider the Elephant: The Life and Death of John Wilkes Booth as Told By His Brother Edwin Podcast

by Aram Schefrin

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The common wisdom is that the men who have attacked American Presidents Czolgosz, Guiteau, Fromme, Hinckley, Moore, Oswald, Zangara - were disgruntled, disturbed loners. That wisdom includes John Wilkes Booth, the assassin of Abraham Lincoln, called a failed actor and a madman. But the truth is that Wilkes was the matinee idol of his time; and the attack on Lincoln was not the act of a maniac, but a part of a plan developed at the highest levels of the Confederacy. In "Consider the Elephant," the third podcast novel by Aram Schefrin, the story of Wilkes' life and death is told by his brother, Edwin Booth, called "Ned." Ned was the greatest Shakespearean actor of his age, as was their father Junius in his era, and their brother June was an actor, too, though less successful than his brothers. The story is soaked in the ambiance of life in the American theater in the mid nineteenth century, and full of rich characters, and it lays out in detail the path Wilkes took to the top of the celebrity heap, his growing involvement with the Southern rebels and the development in Richmond of the plot to kidnap and later assassinate the Union President.


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valhalla
Reviewer valhalla
 July 15, 2009
Consider the Elephant is a superb drama. The character development is excellent, and in particular the inter-relationships of the Booth family members. It is interesting to hear Wilkes speak with a Virginia accent, too. Even to serious students of the Booth family and/or the Lincoln conspiracy, the story with its elaborate detail rings true. Bravo!

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  • Published: 2002
  • LearnOutLoud.com Product ID: C019466