April 14, 1865. A famous actor pulls a trigger in the presidential balcony, leaps to the stage, and escapes, as the president lies fatally wounded. In the panic that follows, forty-six terrified people scatter in and around Ford´s Theater as soldiers take up stations by the doors and the audience surges into the streets chanting, ´´Burn the place down!´´ This is the untold story of Lincoln´s assassination: The forty-six stage hands, actors, and theater workers on hand for the bewildering events in the theater that night, and what each of them witnessed in the chaos-streaked hours before John Wilkes Booth was discovered to be the culprit. In Backstage at the Lincoln Assassination, historian Thomas A. Bogar delves into previously unpublished sources to tell the story of Lincoln´s assassination from behind the curtain, and the tale is shocking. Police rounded up and arrested dozens of innocent people, wasting time that allowed the real culprit to get further away. Some closely connected to John Wilkes Booth were not even questioned, while innocent witnesses were relentlessly pursued. Booth was more connected with the production than you might have known - learn how he knew each member of the cast and crew, which was a hotbed of secessionist resentment. Backstage at the Lincoln Assassination also tells the story of what happened to each of these witnesses to history after the investigation was over - and how each one lived their lives after seeing one of America´s greatest presidents shot dead without warning. 1. Language: English. Narrator: R. C. Bray. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tant/003373/bk_tant_003373_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
***WINNER OF THE 2018 AUDIE AWARD FOR AUDIOBOOK OF THE YEAR*** The long-awaited first novel from the author of Tenth of December: a moving and original father-son story featuring none other than Abraham Lincoln, as well as an unforgettable cast of supporting characters, living and dead, historical and invented February 1862. The Civil War is less than one year old. The fighting has begun in earnest, and the nation has begun to realize it is in for a long, bloody struggle. Meanwhile, President Lincoln´s beloved eleven-year-old son, Willie, lies upstairs in the White House, gravely ill. In a matter of days, despite predictions of a recovery, Willie dies and is laid to rest in a Georgetown cemetery. ´´My poor boy, he was too good for this earth,´´ the president says at the time. ´´God has called him home.´´ Newspapers report that a grief-stricken Lincoln returns, alone, to the crypt several times to hold his boy´s body. From that seed of historical truth, George Saunders spins an unforgettable story of familial love and loss that breaks free of its realistic, historical framework into a supernatural realm both hilarious and terrifying. Willie Lincoln finds himself in a strange purgatory where ghosts mingle, gripe, commiserate, quarrel, and enact bizarre acts of penance. Within this transitional state-called, in the Tibetan tradition, the bardo-a monumental struggle erupts over young Willie´s soul. Lincoln in the Bardo is an astonishing feat of imagination and a bold step forward from one of the most important and influential writers of his generation. Formally daring, generous in spirit, deeply concerned with matters of the heart, it is a testament to fiction´s ability to speak honestly and powerfully to the things that really matter to us. Saunders has invented a thrilling new form that deploys a kaleidoscopic, theatrical panorama of voices to ask a timeless, profound question: How do we live and love when we know that everything we love must end? The 166-person full cast features award-winning actors and musicians, as well as a number of Saunders´ family, friends, and members of his publishing team, including, in order of their appearance: Nick Offerman as HANS VOLLMAN David Sedaris as ROGER BEVINS III Carrie Brownstein as ISABELLE PERKINS George Saunders as THE REVEREND EVERLY THOMAS Miranda July as MRS. ELIZABETH CRAWFORD Lena Dunham as ELISE TRAYNOR Ben Stiller as JACK MANDERS Julianne Moore as JANE ELLIS Susan Sarandon as MRS. ABIGAIL BLASS Bradley Whitford as LT. CECIL STONE Bill Hader as EDDIE BARON Megan Mullally as BETSY BARON Rainn Wilson as PERCIVAL ´´DASH´´ COLLIER Jeff Tweedy as CAPTAIN WILLIAM PRINCE Kat Dennings as MISS TAMARA DOOLITTLE Jeffrey Tambor as PROFESSOR EDMUND BLOOMER Mike O´Brien as LAWRENCE T. DECROIX Keegan-Michael Key as ELSON FARWELL Don Cheadle as THOMAS HAVENS and Patrick Wilson as STANLEY ´´PERFESSER´´ LIPPERT with Kirby Heyborne as WILLIE LINCOLN, Mary Karr as MRS. ROSE MILLAND, and Cassandra Campbell as Your Narrator Praise for the audiobook ´´Lincoln in the Bardo´´ sets a new standard for cast recordings in its structure, in its performances, and in its boldness. Now, let´s see who answers the challenge.´´ - Chicago Tribune ´´Like the novel, the audiobook breaks new ground in what can be accomplished through a story. It helps that there´s not a single bad note in the cast of a whopping 166 people. It´s also the rare phenomenon of an audiobook being a completely different experience compared to the novel. Even if you´ve read the novel, the audiobook is worth a listen (and vice versa). The whole project pushes the narrative form forward.´´ - A.V. Club ´´The result is an auditory experience unlike any other, where the awareness of individual voices disappears while the carefully calibrated soundscape summons a metaphysical masterpiece. This is a tour de force of audiobook production, and a dazzling realization of Saunders´ unique authorial structure.´´-Booklist ´´The finished audiobook´s tapestry of voices perfectly mirrors the novel.´´-Entertainment Weekly Praise for George Saunders ´´No one writes more powerfully than George Saunders about the lost, the unlucky, the disenfranchised.´´-Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times ´´Saunders makes you feel as though you are reading fiction for the first time.´´-Khaled Hosseini ´´Few people cut as hard or deep as Saunders does.´´-Junot Díaz ´´George Saunders is a complete original. There is no one better, no one more essential to our national
Backstage at the Lincoln Assassination:The Untold Story of the Actors and Stagehands at Ford´s Theatre Thomas A. Bogar
Love President Obama or hate him, you will be surprised to learn how many parallels there are between Lincoln, the 16th president, and Obama, the 44th president. Some similarities are obvious and predictable, but others are fascinating, uncanny, and mysterious. This is the fascinating account of two obscure Illinois lawyer-politicians separated by 150 years who against all odds came to the White House. This is an American story about success and failure, ambition and hatred, politics and passion. It´s even more remarkable to hear how much Lincoln and Obama had in common as we live through a presidency that couldn´t be more different. Gene Griessman is a thought leader celebrated around the world for his audiobooks, training films, and memorable presentations. As an actor and playwright, he has performed at Ford’s Theater, the Georgia Dome before 25,000, the Lincoln Memorial, and aboard the famed carrier the USS Abraham Lincoln. He has conducted exclusive interviews on TV and in print with American presidents, actors, sports stars, and business leaders. He has won numerous awards including the Benjamin Franklin Award. He often appears on television and radio, and his award-winning productions have aired nationally. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Gene Griessman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/145151/bk_acx0_145151_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Nineteenth-century African Americans felt deep affection for their ´´liberator´´ as a ´´homely´´ man who did not hold himself apart; Southerners felt a nostalgia for Abraham Lincoln as a humble ´´conciliator´´. Later, educators glorified Lincoln as a symbol of nationhood to help assimilate poor immigrants. Monument makers focused not only on a gigantic body but also on a nationalist ´´union´´, downplaying ´´emancipation´´. Among both black and white liberals in the 1960s and 1970s, Lincoln was derided or fell out of fashion. Recently, Lincoln has been embodied once again (as idealist and pragmatist) by outstanding historians, by self-identified Lincolnian president Barack Obama, and by actor Daniel Day-Lewis - all keeping Lincoln alive in a body of memory that speaks volumes about our nation. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Pete Larkin. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/high/000904/bk_high_000904_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Winner of the 2001 The Lincoln Group of New York´s Award of Achievement A History Book Club Selection. The assassination of Abraham Lincoln is usually told as a tale of a lone deranged actor who struck from a twisted lust for revenge. This is not only too simple an explanation; Blood on the Moon reveals that it is completely wrong. John Wilkes Booth was neither mad nor alone in his act of murder. He received the help of many, not the least of whom was Dr. Samuel Alexander Mudd, the Charles County physician who has been portrayed as the innocent victim of a vengeful government. Booth was also aided by the Confederate leadership in Richmond. As he made his plans to strike at Lincoln, Booth was in contact with key members of the Confederate underground, and after the assassination, these same forces used all of their resources to attempt his escape. Noted Lincoln authority Edward Steers Jr. introduces the cast of characters in this ill-fated drama. He explores why they were so willing to help pull the trigger, and corrects the many misconceptions surrounding this defining moment that changed American history. About the author: After completing an acclaimed career as a research scientist at the National Institutes of Health, Edward Steers Jr. has turned his research skills to the Lincoln assassination. He is the author of several books about the president, including The Trial. He lives in Berkeley Springs, West Virginia. 1. Language: English. Narrator: William Coon. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/001323/bk_acx0_001323_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The assassination of Abraham Lincoln is a central drama of the American experience. Its impact is felt to this day, and the basic story is known to all. Anthony Pitch´s thrilling account of the Lincoln conspiracy and its aftermath transcends the mere facts of that awful night during which dashing actor John Wilkes Booth shot Lincoln in the head and would-be assassin Lewis Payne butchered Secretary of State William Seward in the bed of his own home. ´´They Have Killed Papa Dead!´´ transports the listener to one of the most breathtaking moments in history, and reveals much that is new about the stories, passions, and times of those who shaped this great tragedy. Virtually every word of Anthony Pitch´s account is based on primary source material: new quotes from previously unpublished diaries, letters and journals - authentic, contemporary voices writing with freshness and clarity as eyewitnesses or intimate participants, providing new images, a new vision, and new understanding of one of America´s defining moments. With an unwavering fidelity to historical accuracy, Pitch provides new confirmation of threats against the president-elect´s life as he traveled to Washington by train for his first inauguration, and a vivid personal account of John Wilkes Booth being physically restrained from approaching Lincoln at his second inauguration. Perhaps most chillingly, new details come to light about conditions in the special prison where the civilian conspirators accused of participating in the Lincoln assassination endured tortuous conditions in extreme isolation and deprivation, hooded and shackled, before and even during their military trial. Pitch masterfully synthesizes the findings of his prodigious research into a tight, gripping narrative that adds important new insights to our national story. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Milton Bagby. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/000143/bk_acx0_000143_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In the 19th century, the Scottish writer Thomas Carlyle famously wrote, ´´The history of the world is but the biography of great men,´´ popularizing the ´´Great Man´´ theory that the course of history is shaped by a select few heroic individuals. While historians and others continue to debate the accuracy of the Great Man theory of history, there is no question that the course of history is permanently altered by decisive moments in time, where a different result would have produced drastically different outcomes. Charles River Editors´ Decisive Moments in History examines the events that changed history forever and set the world down the path it finds itself on today. Until April 14, 1865, John Wilkes Booth was one of the most famous actors of his time, and President Abraham Lincoln had even watched him perform. But his most significant performance at a theater did not take place on the stage. That night, Booth became one of history´s most infamous assassins when he assassinated President Lincoln at Ford´s Theatre in Washington, DC. Booth was a member of the prominent 19th century Booth theatrical family from Maryland and, by the 1860s, was a well-known actor. But he was also a confederate sympathizer who dabbled in espionage, and he was increasingly outraged at the Lincoln administration. Although Robert E. Lee´s Army of Northern Virginia had surrendered days earlier, Booth believed the war was not yet over because Confederate General Joseph E. Johnston´s army was still fighting the Union Army, so he and his group of conspirators plotted to kill Lincoln and other top officials in a bid to decapitate the federal government and help the South. Perhaps not surprisingly, the actor´s flair for the dramatic came at a cost to the plot. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Neal Arango. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/035466/bk_acx0_035466_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.