A powerful evocation of a dangerous, chaotic, and tragic time, Booth is the story of the most infamous assassination in our history, as well as a riveting portrait of an enigmatic figure who continues to haunt the American imagination. Narrated by the only surviving conspirator in the plot to kill Abraham Lincoln, Booth tells the story of John Surratt, a young man who falls under the spell of the charismatic and captivating John Wilkes Booth, and is gradually sucked into the vortex of the world famous stage actor's insidious plans.
The story opens in 1916, the last year of Surratt's life. Having spent the decades since Lincoln's death as an obscure shipping clerk, Surratt is approached by D.W. Griffith to read from his Civil War diary in conjunction with Griffith's movie Birth of a Nation. As Surratt begins to read over his diary for the first time in 50 years, the listener is cast back to the tumultuous days of 1864, and a chance encounter between Surratt and Booth. Booth, a larger-than-life personality whose appetites, fame, and sheer force of will bedazzle everyone around him, helps to secure Surratt a position as the assistant to renowned photographer Alexander Gardner. Over the following weeks, Booth continues to lavish attention on Surratt, slowly drawing him bit by bit into his web of intrigue. By the time Surratt discovers the desperate nature of Booth's true intentions, it is too late, and he finds himself caught up in a firestorm of violence that shatters forever his insulated life and modest ambitions. Download and start listening now!