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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781401017132
  • Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
  • Publication date: 8/28/2001
  • Pages: 275
  • Product dimensions: 5.04 (w) x 8.06 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Table of Contents

Booth and Oswald 7
Notorious Parallels 14
Presidential Assassins 20
American Education 23
John Wilkes Booth 33
Booth in Dame School 41
Booth at Common School 49
Booth in Private Academy 60
Booth and Military School 71
Booth in Boarding School 82
Booth and Religious Schooling 89
Booth as Apprentice 105
Booth on Stage 112
Booth and the Militia 126
Lee Harvey Oswald 136
Oswald in Primary School 142
Oswald in Grade School 155
Oswald in Elementary Schools 162
Oswald in Public Schools 169
Oswald at Youth House 181
Oswald in Junior High School 193
Oswald in High School 205
Oswald's Military Schooling 210
Oswald's Vocational Schooling 221
Contrasting Booth and Oswald 239
New Similarities Found 248
Significant Differences 257
Conclusions 268
Selected Bibliography 271
Acknowledgements 275
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2002

    Real Insights! Shocking!

    This book deals with the education of these two men, and unlike most assassination books on John Kennedy or Abe Lincoln, this one does not even look at the deaths of these presidents. It does give us some really fascinating details about the two men who are thought to be so similar. Russo shows that any similarity is purely coincidence, but he also reveals their sordid sexual kinkiness from boyhood. It brings together so many different sources, some really rare documents are consulted. If you want to know about how these malcontents developed into the disturbed killers they became, this book may be a revelation. Really a good read. A must for buffs of the assassinations, but this also provides some new perspectives on a well-covered topic.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2002

    Psycho-Sexual Development of Two Assassins

    Before history gave them immortality, they were little boys named Johnnie and Leeboy . . . each different, and yet similar, as all children are in their time: playful, stubbborn, amusing, willful, full of secrets . . . and for the brief span of childhood, completely subject to the whims and government of adults. John Wilkes Booth and Lee Harvey Oswald have unique roles in the national mythology of the United States. Though neither deserves total sympathy, they are fascinating as the products of their respective eras. British poet Matthew Arnold wrote: ' . . . rigorous teachers seized my youth And purged its faith and trimmed its fire, Showed me the high, white star of Truth There bade me gaze and there aspire.' Of the teachers of America's infamous pupils, John Wilkes Booth and Lee Harvey Oswald, their classroom experiences neither inspired them, nor seized them. In a word, school for the two boys who'd become notorious assassins was a waiting room. Oh, yes, their fires were stoked, not trimmed. And personal demons led them as far from the American classroom as truancy could take them. Teachers may have taught Booth and Oswald the basics of literacy, but the gazes of these two youths looked where they chose and went where their aspirations could best be filled: in the dark realm of infamy. Theirs was an act, not fired by the halls of academe, but sparked from the heart of darkness. When I first wrote my book on the conspiracy of J. Wilkes Booth and the trial of his associates for their roles in the Lincoln Assassination, called Another Sunny Day, the greatest number of questions by readers and interested correspondents centered on the comparisons to the Kennedy murder by Lee Oswald one hundred years after the subject of my book. Of course, I began to investigate Oswald in order to see if there were indeed many similarities between the two crimes that traumatized each century in American history. As I embarked on this project, I became intrigued by the childhood of Booth and Oswald. Never quite the focus of any assassination book, they were a surprising set when put together. Yes, each assassin had been studied by a relative who wrote from their protective perspective and gave insights so close to their brothers. However, the secret life, the part which they were kept ignorant of, is not in the tales they tell. Booth's sister Asia wrote of his boyhood in Maryland, and Oswald's brother Robert penned a short volume on the childhood of a Texas boy. Their works, of course, never tried to give more than a close relative's disappointing and depressed interpretation. No biographer or historian tried to assemble all the details of each assassin's education and youth for comparison and contrast. It seemed a worthy undertaking to prove or disprove all the bizarre coincidences that have become 'urban legend.' Each man has been a focus of conspiracy theorists. Both Booth and Oswald have been looked at frequently for their leadership, or participation, in a larger conspiracy to kill their respective presidents. That too seemed to tie them together. Booth did indeed inspire a plot¿though whether it was to kill Lincoln, or merely to kidnap, has been a long debated issue. Oswald's self-proclaimed opinion that he was a 'patsy' has been at the heart of the examinations of his role in the death of President Kennedy. Since these events are well-documented, as well as complicated and circumstantial, I believe it was not worth rehashing the actual assassinations. The problem of each man's role has been debated by dozens of others, to no resolution. But, like the notorious nineteenth century investigators, little attention has been paid to the formative years of these men. There I place my full concentration. Long ago I read a dozen or so coincidences that indicated

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