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Manhunt: The Twelve-Day Chase for Lincoln's Killer (P.S.)

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The murder of Abraham Lincoln set off the greatest manhunt in American history — the pursuit and capture of John Wilkes Booth. From April 14 to April 26, 1865, the assassin led Union cavalry and detectives on a wild twelve-day chase through the streets of Washington, D.C., across the swamps of Maryland, and into the forests of Virginia, while the nation, still reeling from the just-ended Civil War, watched in horror and sadness.

At the very center of this story is John Wilkes Booth, America's notorious villain. A Confederate sympathizer and a member of a celebrated acting family, Booth threw away his fame and wealth for a chance to avenge the South's defeat. For almost two weeks, he confounded the manhunters, slipping away from their every move and denying them the justice they sought.

Based on rare archival materials, obscure trial transcripts, and Lincoln's own blood relics, Manhunt is a fully documented work, but it is also a fascinating tale of murder, intrigue, and betrayal. A gripping hour-by-hour account told through the eyes of the hunted and the hunters, this is history as you've never read it before.

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"In the early days of April 1865, with the bloody war to preserve the union finished, Swanson tells us, Abraham Lincoln was 'jubilant.' Elsewhere in Washington, the other player in the coming drama of the president's assassination was miserable. Hearing Lincoln's April 10 victory speech, famed actor and Confederate die-hard John Wilkes Booth turned to a friend and remarked with seething hatred, 'That means nigger citizenship. Now, by God, I'll put him through.' On April 14, Booth did just that. With great power, passion and at a thrilling, breakneck pace, Swanson (Lincoln's Assassins: Their Trial and Execution) conjures up an exhausted yet jubilant nation ruptured by grief, stunned by tragedy and hell-bent on revenge. For 12 days, assisted by family and some women smitten by his legendary physical beauty, Booth relied on smarts, stealth and luck to elude the best detectives, military officers and local police the federal government could muster. Taking the reader into the action, the story is shot through with breathless, vivid, even gory detail. With a deft, probing style and no small amount of swagger, Swanson, a member of the Lincoln Bicentennial Commission, has crafted pure narrative pleasure, sure to satisfy the casual reader and Civil War aficionado alike. 11 b&w photos not seen by PW." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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"It is said that no historical figure other than Jesus of Nazareth has been more written about than Abraham Lincoln. It is a plausible speculation, for the details of Lincoln's life and death are familiar to everyone. But the art of biography often consists of making dry bones walk, and both these new books accomplish that rare feat.

Richard Carwardine, an Oxford historian, has produced perhaps... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

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"Mr. Swanson's moment-by-moment account of the 12-day chase is compulsively readable....Swanson reminds us that history is ultimately governed not by impersonal economic and social forces but by all the emotions that make up individual human beings..." Wall Street Journal

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"[Mr. Swanson] has successfully streamlined the assassination's aftermath into an action-adventure version of these events. He makes Manhunt very accessible and infuses it with high drama." Janet Maslin, The New York Times

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"Artfully arranging Booth's flight with the frantic federal dragnet that sought him, Swanson so tensely dramatizes the chase, capture, and killing of Booth that serious shelf-life...awaits his account of the assassination." Booklist

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"[A]s gripping a page-turner as anything you'll find on the mystery shelf....[Swanson] makes the characters in this great American tragedy actually seem human. Even Booth comes across as viscerally real... (Grade: A)" Entertainment Weekly

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"[E]xtraordinary....This is a story as gripping as any tightly scripted crime drama, yet Swanson doesn't play fast and loose with historical facts." Boston Globe

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"The narrative's most interesting character — Lincoln himself — is gone after the first act....On balance, though, Manhunt is a rattling good read. And it's a surprisingly suspenseful one." USA Today

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"Swanson's precise, minute-by-minute account is surprisingly suspenseful....With scrupulous research as the bedrock to an enthralling story, Manhunt will appeal to casual readers of popular history, as well as academic historians." Charlotte Observer

Synopsis:

From April 14-26, 1865, the hunt for John Wilkes Booth and his accomplices transfixed a nation reeling from the horrors of the newly ended Civil War. "Manhunt" takes readers on the intensive search that moves side-by-side with the desperate assassin from the streets of Washington, D.C., through the swamps of Maryland, and into the forests of Virginia.

About the Author

James L. Swanson, an attorney and Lincoln scholar, has held a number of government and think-tank posts in Washington, D.C. He has written about history, the Constitution, popular culture, and other subjects for a variety of publications, including the Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, and American Heritage. He is the coauthor of Lincoln's Assassins: Their Trial and Execution. Swanson is a member of the advisory committee of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission. He lives in Washington, D.C.

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bhc, January 2, 2012 (view all comments by bhc)
Of the 30 or so books read in 2011, this one (Manhunt: The Twelve-Day Chase for Lincoln's Killer by James Swanson) was my favorite. So much more information than what my history lessons taught me so long ago. We all learned Lincoln was killed at Ford's Theater and John Wilkes Boothe did it. I never knew JWB made (several) threats on Lincoln's life. If anyone would have taken his threats seriously, that black day in history would have never happened. I was never taught it took 12 days to hunt JWB down and make him pay for his crime. This is the way history should be taught !!
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Rachel Coker, October 14, 2010 (view all comments by Rachel Coker)
One of the most compelling pieces of nonfiction I've ever read. Just incredible, and packed with things I never knew about that era of U.S. history. Great research, great writing.
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JenniferLK, July 16, 2010 (view all comments by JenniferLK)
I purchased this book at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. after viewing a fascinating exhibit on the life of President Lincoln. Much of it was based on James Swanson's book, "Manhunt," so naturally I purchased a copy in the giftshop. People seldom believe me when I say it, but this book is absolutely riveting, I couldn't put it down. I admit some of the fascination may have been fueled by the exhibit at the Newseum, coupled by my visit to Ford's Theater and the Petersen House (where Lincoln died), but I think anyone with the least bit of interest in American history would enjoy this book. Read it!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780060518509
Author:
Swanson, James L
Publisher:
Harper Perennial
Author:
Swanson, James L.
Author:
by James L. Swanson
Author:
Swanson, Jame
Author:
ls
Subject:
General
Subject:
United States - Civil War
Subject:
United States - 19th Century
Subject:
General History
Subject:
History
Subject:
Criminal investigation
Subject:
Booth, John Wilkes
Subject:
Criminal investigation -- United States.
Subject:
US History-1800 to Civil War
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Series:
P.S.
Publication Date:
20070231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
A)</i></i>
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
496
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.4002 in 10.24 oz

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Product details 496 pages Harper Perennial - English 9780060518509 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In the early days of April 1865, with the bloody war to preserve the union finished, Swanson tells us, Abraham Lincoln was 'jubilant.' Elsewhere in Washington, the other player in the coming drama of the president's assassination was miserable. Hearing Lincoln's April 10 victory speech, famed actor and Confederate die-hard John Wilkes Booth turned to a friend and remarked with seething hatred, 'That means nigger citizenship. Now, by God, I'll put him through.' On April 14, Booth did just that. With great power, passion and at a thrilling, breakneck pace, Swanson (Lincoln's Assassins: Their Trial and Execution) conjures up an exhausted yet jubilant nation ruptured by grief, stunned by tragedy and hell-bent on revenge. For 12 days, assisted by family and some women smitten by his legendary physical beauty, Booth relied on smarts, stealth and luck to elude the best detectives, military officers and local police the federal government could muster. Taking the reader into the action, the story is shot through with breathless, vivid, even gory detail. With a deft, probing style and no small amount of swagger, Swanson, a member of the Lincoln Bicentennial Commission, has crafted pure narrative pleasure, sure to satisfy the casual reader and Civil War aficionado alike. 11 b&w photos not seen by PW." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Mr. Swanson's moment-by-moment account of the 12-day chase is compulsively readable....Swanson reminds us that history is ultimately governed not by impersonal economic and social forces but by all the emotions that make up individual human beings..."
"Review" by , "[Mr. Swanson] has successfully streamlined the assassination's aftermath into an action-adventure version of these events. He makes Manhunt very accessible and infuses it with high drama."
"Review" by , "Artfully arranging Booth's flight with the frantic federal dragnet that sought him, Swanson so tensely dramatizes the chase, capture, and killing of Booth that serious shelf-life...awaits his account of the assassination."
"Review" by , "[A]s gripping a page-turner as anything you'll find on the mystery shelf....[Swanson] makes the characters in this great American tragedy actually seem human. Even Booth comes across as viscerally real... (Grade: A)"
"Review" by , "[E]xtraordinary....This is a story as gripping as any tightly scripted crime drama, yet Swanson doesn't play fast and loose with historical facts."
"Review" by , "The narrative's most interesting character — Lincoln himself — is gone after the first act....On balance, though, Manhunt is a rattling good read. And it's a surprisingly suspenseful one."
"Review" by , "Swanson's precise, minute-by-minute account is surprisingly suspenseful....With scrupulous research as the bedrock to an enthralling story, Manhunt will appeal to casual readers of popular history, as well as academic historians."
"Synopsis" by , From April 14-26, 1865, the hunt for John Wilkes Booth and his accomplices transfixed a nation reeling from the horrors of the newly ended Civil War. "Manhunt" takes readers on the intensive search that moves side-by-side with the desperate assassin from the streets of Washington, D.C., through the swamps of Maryland, and into the forests of Virginia.
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