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essay: the theatricality of violence in america

Booth: an excerpt

  John Surratt was the only conspirator in the plot to assassinate President Lincoln who was not killed or executed. In Booth, David Robertson paints a compelling portrait of this young man as he falls under the spell of the charming and charismatic actor John Wilkes Booth. Employed as a photographer's assistant -- a job he obtained on Booth's recommendation -- Surratt is slowly and inexorably drawn into the web of Booth's plot. By the time he realizes Booth's true intentions, Surratt is caught completely and it is too late to extricate himself from the violent conclusions that shatter his insulated and modest life.

In this issue of Bold Type, you'll find an excerpt from Booth and an essay by David Robertson on the theatricality of violence throughout American history.

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