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Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln's Killer

4 Ratings: 5.0
A book by James L. Swanson

The Greatest Manhunt in American History For 12 days after his brazen assassination of Abraham Lincoln, John Wilkes Booth was at large, and in Manhunt, historian James L. Swanson tells the vivid, fully documented tale of his escape and the wild, massive … see full wiki

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Author: James L. Swanson
Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Publisher: William Morrow
4 reviews about Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln's...
review by . April 26, 2006
This well-written book follows the plot to assassinate Abraham Lincoln from its inception as a kidnapping, to the death of John Wilkes Booth, and the hanging of his alleged co-conspiritors. It is an almost hour-by-hour account of Booth's escape and the pursuit that the government put on to capture him. Along the way the true involvement of Dr. Samuel Mudd is revealed, despite the many sympathetic portrayals of him as an innocent victim of a vindictive government. The people who aided Booth and his …
review by . April 06, 2006
James L. Swanson is the kind of historian and writer one wishes the public schools were filled with; knowledgable teachers without an agenda who make history come alive.     Swanson tells the story of the murder of President Lincoln and the escape and 12 day pursuit of his killer, John Wilkes Booth. Swanson does a wonderful job of swiftly capturing the mood of the Union: jubilant and relieved at the end of the Civil War. He paints a picture of those who still harbored hope for …
review by . April 06, 2006
Other reviewers have already provided most of the historical background and traced various timelines such as the one which led to Lincoln's assassination and then another, of the "manhunt," which led to the authorities' ultimate confrontation with Booth. Countless other books have already covered much of the same material. What sets Swanson's book apart is that his focus is -- almost entirely -- on a 12-day period which he carefully reconstructs. His writing skills are of such a high level that, …
review by . February 17, 2006
Noted Lincoln historian James L. Swanson pens a historical novel in the genre of Jeff and Michael Shaara now famous Civil War trilogy. Swanson not only takes you there, he places you in the mind and soul of John Wilkes Booth, those who hid him, and those who tracked him. Though surely a page turner, this is no quick read, weighing in at well over 400 pages. However, if you love history, mystery, and detective stories, then Swanson has woven them all into "Manhunt." Even readers with a love for the …
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