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Bloody Crimes: The Chase for Jefferson Davis and the Death Pageant for Lincoln's Corpse

4 Ratings: 3.5
A book by James L. Swanson

Amazon Best Books of the Month, October 2010: It's April 1865 and General Lee's troops have officially surrendered. Abraham Lincoln, looking forward to rebuilding the nation, celebrates with an evening—his last alive—at the theater. On the … see full wiki

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Author: James L. Swanson
Publisher: William Morrow
4 reviews about Bloody Crimes: The Chase for Jefferson Davis...
review by . January 08, 2011
Two parallel stories
   Bloody Crimes tell two different stories at once.      One focus is on Jefferson Davis in the last days of the Confederacy still trying to salvage a cause that had in reality been lost for at least six months.      You get a real sense of Davis' disconnect to the events around him, determined to continue to fight on until the very last chance moment that there is any chance of success and in his mind that last chance existed far beyond anyone …
review by . November 08, 2010
I didn't realize it at the time but Chasing Lincoln's Killer was written as a book for teens. However, it really didn't matter since the story was roveting. Like many Americans I had heard the story of John Wilkes Booth, but never told with that level of detail... or high drama. I loved it!     "Bloody Crimes" is a solid follow-up to Chasing Lincoln's Killer but, to me, it seems more academic... maybe this is because I am not reading a *teen* version!     James …
review by . November 03, 2010
This extremely well-written book details the aftermath of Lincoln's assassination and also the hunt for Jefferson Davis in the wake of that killing. There are thumbnail biographies of both men throughout the book, but the concentration is on what happened after Ford's Theater.      Lincoln's death is written about in all of its grisly detail, ands then the laying out of his body in the White House and the Capital is covered. After that comes a day-by-day recounting …
review by . September 28, 2010
I enjoyed this book. I wouldn't say it's one of my favorite's but it certainly held my attention. James has a way of picking a reader out of the real world and showing them a glimpse of the past. If you like the synopsis, I'm sure you'll enjoy the book.
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