ABOUT THE NOVEL
The common wisdom is that John Wilkes Booth, the assassin of Abraham Lincoln, was a madman and a failure as an actor.
But the truth is that Wilkes was a matinee idol, the Brad Pitt 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.
The Booth family was central to theater history, and this extensively researched story is soaked in the ambiance of life in the American theater in the mid nineteenth century. Told in the voice of Edwin Booth, Wilkes' brother and eminent Shakespearean, It lays out in detail the path Wilkes took to the top of the celebrity heap and (as established in recent research) the development in Richmond of the plot to kidnap – later assassinate – the Union President, into which Booth was drawn by Confederate agents. The book conclusively answers two great assassination questions: was Dr. Mudd innocent? Was Mary Surratt? And goes deep into the fierce rivalry among Wilkes, Edwin and Junius Booth to inherit their father's title as the greatest Shakespearean actor of his day. No other fictional work has its depth of information, its understanding of the characters and the fullness of the remarkable story of the Booths.
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"I am thoroughly enjoying this book! It's superbly written and narrated, and is a fascinating take on an already captivating historical event. This is simply the most interesting historical fiction I've ever had the pleasure of reading, peopled with complex characters and set at a crucial point in this country's history. As the author mentions, it is easy to dismiss John Wilkes Booth out of hand as a lonely madman, but we're given a chance to explore this man's experience and psyche in a compelling piece of fiction. The theme music, intro and outro are all excellent, and Mr. Schefrin has obviously spent a lot of time working on this project to assure good production values. This is one hell of a great book!"
-George, Fort Worth, Texas
"Thank you for writing this book. I have been keenly interested in the life of JWB since I was very young, which was a very long time ago. Over the years I have read everything that has been written about him and am always ready for more. I appreciate your approach, especially the absence of the political correctness that taints much of the writing about this man. I am impressed with the thoroughness of your research; you must have read as much as I have. I am enjoying the book tremendously. Thanks again, Debbie Smith"
"I am loving your novel and am impressed with the production and style of writing equally. Please keep releasing more of the same. This stuff is fantastic!" Mark
"One of my recent favorites was called: "Consider the Elephant". It was a telling of the life and times of John Wilkes Booth, who assassinated President Lincoln, as we all know. This was "his" story, and led up to the deed, but we had an insight into his life, that was not only compelling, but very interesting. Made you see things from another point of view. Great "read" - big book, though. :)" - Jerry
"This is a novel about John Wilkes Booth and the plot to assassinate Abraham Lincoln. It is based on extensive research, using actual letters to and from Booth that reveal a great deal of detail about events and his state of mind. It is very well written. The characters are vividly portrayed, and the story is riveting, even if you know how it turns out. Your American History class would have been a whole lot more interesting if portions of this book had been made available. A film adaptation of this book would be a unique offering that I would love to see. This gets 4 stars."
Sunday, August 01, 2010
Meticulously well researched and wonderfully written; historically accurate yet containing all of the elements of (true) high drama. Experiencing Consider the Elephant is like savoring dark chocolate in a world of imitation cocoa. I wish I could see this brought (intact) to the big screen or HBO. Aram Schefrin has captured everything; the times, the people, the events. Simply a marvelous work of story telling. Bravo Mr. Schefrin!
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