About Mike

For more than thirty-five years, Michael W. Kauffman has been a fixture at assassination-related symposia, tours, and news events. He has written numerous articles on the subject, and his bus tours of the John Wilkes Booth Escape Route have been a staple of feature publications all over the United States, making Mike “legendary,” according to The Washington Post. Taking a full-immersion approach to history, he has rowed across the Potomac where Booth rowed, leaped to the stage in Ford’s Theatre, and burned down a tobacco barn almost identical to the one in which Booth was cornered and killed. (It was already slated for demolition!) For a time he even took up residence in Tudor Hall, the Booth family home in Maryland. Mike has written for Civil War Times, The Washington Post, American Heritage, Blue and Gray, and The Lincoln Herald, among others. He has lectured throughout the United States, and has appeared in more than twenty television and radio documentaries, including programs on A & E, the Learning Channel, the History Channel, National Geographic Channel, and the Discovery Channel. His works include a modern edition of Samuel B. Arnold’s Memoirs of a Lincoln Conspirator, In the Footsteps of an Assassin, as well as American Brutus: John Wilkes Booth and the Lincoln Conspiracies, which was named by the New York Times, The Washington Post, and several other media outlets as one of the best non-fiction books of 2004. The Wall Street Journal named American Brutus one of the five best books ever published on political violence, and Civil War Interactive put it high on the list of Most Important Civil War Books Ever Published. It received several awards, including the Walt Whitman Award for the best Civil War-related book of the year. With an eye for the offbeat, the poignant, and the previously unpublished, Mike draws deeply form a wide range of interests. He once knew and worked with the people who developed the concept of criminal profiling, and from that experience, he learned to key in on personality traits and personal interactions. From friends in the legal profession, he learned to ferret out the intricacies and quirks of the law. His acquaintance with famous actors taught him much about the lives and unique concerns of a stage celebrity. With a spirit of fun and curiosity, he takes these insights and weaves an unforgettable tale that is also a delight to read.

© Michael W. Kauffman 2016