Scott Martelle will discuss The Madman and the Assassin: The Strange Life of Boston Corbett, the Man Who Killed John Wilkes Booth

EVENT OVERVIEW:  Scott Martelle will discuss his New Book The Madman and the Assassin: The Strange Life of Boston Corbett, the Man Who Killed John Wilkes Booth.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Scott Martelle is an Editorial Writer for The Los Angeles Times.  He has written for the Detroit News and the Rochester Times-Union, among other publications.  His previous Books include Detroit: A Biography and The Admiral and the Ambassador.  He lives in Irvine, California.

ABOUT THE NEW BOOK:  In the nearly 150 years since the end of the Civil War, the nation hasn’t had as unlikely a hero as Sgt. Boston Corbett, the off-kilter Union cavalryman who shot John Wilkes Booth dead in a cavernous tobacco barn near the south shore of the Potomac River on April 26th, 1865.  The Madman and the Assassin: The Strange Life of Boston Corbett, the Man who Killed John Wilkes Booth is a tale of an inconsequential man caught up in the sweep of history by happenstance; through Corbett’s life journalist Scott Martelle gives readers an unusual window into one of the most tragic events of the 19th century.  As thoroughly as historians have examined the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, virtually no attention has been paid to the life of Boston Corbett.  The killing of Booth transformed Corbett into an instant celebrity whose peculiarities made him the object of media fascination and derision, but not long after the incident, Corbett sunk deeper into mental illness, disappeared, and was never heard from again.

Martelle introduces readers to Corbett’s unusual back story while brilliantly reconstructing the events that led to the day he killed Booth, including the exhaustive manhunt for Booth after the April 14th assassination at Ford’s theater and Corbett’s unsettling years that followed.  A devout Christian, he castrated himself early in his life so that sexual urges would not distract him from serving God, which he did as a street evangelist and preacher while working as a silk hat finisher.  Corbett was likely poisoned by the mercury used in hat manufacturing processes at the time, which may have led to his mental demise.  Corbett was one of the first volunteers to join the US Army in the first days of the Civil War, a path that would land him in the notorious Andersonville prison camp and eventually in the squadron that cornered Booth to his death.

DATE & TIME:  Wednesday, April 01, 2015 at 7:00 PM

LOCATION:  Rainy Day Books in The Fairway Shops, 2706 W 53rd Street, Fairway, Kansas 66205

EVENT FORMAT:  Scott Martelle will discuss his New Book The Madman and the Assassin and answer audience questions.  A Booksigning follows the Presentation.  A Stamped Admission Ticket is required for the Booksigning.

ADMISSION PACKAGE: $24.95 plus Kansas Sales Tax includes One Hardcover of  The Madman and the Assassin, One Stamped Autographing Admission Ticket, and One Guest Admission Ticket (if needed).  It's your choice for the same price.

PLEASE NOTE:  The Publication & Sale Date for The Madman and the Assassin is Wednesday, April 1, 2015.  All Orders will be processed immediately.  Books and Tickets will be available for Pick-Up at this Event.


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Event date: 
Wednesday, April 1, 2015 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
Rainy Day Books in The Fairway Shops
2706 W. 53rd Street
Fairway, KS 66205
SKU: A9781613730188

AUTOGRAPHED BOOK ONLY: Includes One Author Autographed Hardcover of The Madman and the Assassin by Scott Martelle.

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