Fortune's Fool: The Life of John Wilkes Booth by Terry Alford
February 15, 2018 - 7:00pm

In Fortune's Fool, Terry Alford provides the first comprehensive look at the life of an enigmatic figure whose life has been overshadowed by his final, infamous act. Tracing Booth's story from his uncertain childhood, characterized by a difficult relationship with his famous actor father, to his successful acting career, Alford offers a nuanced picture of Booth as a public figure, performer, and deeply troubled man. Despite the fame and success that attended Booth's career, he found himself consumed by the Confederate cause and the desire to help the South win its independence. Alford reveals the tormented path that led Booth to conclude, as the Confederacy collapsed in April 1865, that the only way to revive the South and punish the North for the war would be to murder Lincoln--whatever the cost to himself or others. 

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The Athenaeum's Inaugural Civil War Authors Series
This event is part of three performances within the Inaugural Athenaeum Civil War Author's Series including A Civil Life in an Uncivil Time: Julia Wilbur's Struggle for Purpose by Paula Tarnapol Whitacre, A Confederate Biography: The Cruise of the CSS Shenandoah by Dwight S. Hughes, and Fortune's Fool: The Life of John Wilkes Booth by Terry Alford. 

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