Terry Alford discusses his new book Fortune’s Fool: The Life and Times of Wilkes Booth

Terry Alford

On November 10, the Annandale Languages and Literature Division concluded their Emeriti Reading Series

with a presentation by Dr. Terry Alford, a recently retired history professor, on his new book, “Fortune’s Fool: The Life and Times of John Wilkes Booth.”

English Associate Professor Memuna Sillah introduced him and told the story of his worldwide fame, when she was traveling in Africa, she encountered three scholars and one student in three different countries who praised Alford’s first book, “A Prince Among Slaves.”   

During the fascinating presentation on his newest and well-reviewed book, Alford discussed the 20 years of research he conducted and shared photos of Booth and his family, their homestead, and historical artifacts connected to the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln.

You can see those photos and watch the rest of the presentation online, thanks to NOVA-TV’s Gene Ertel, who recorded the event.

Posted December 14 in Intercom