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Chasing Lincoln's Killer

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ISBN13: 9780439903547
ISBN10: 0439903548
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Based on rare archival material, obscure trial manuscripts, and interviews with relatives of the conspirators and the manhunters, Chasing Lincoln's Killer is a fast-paced thriller about the pursuit and capture of John Wilkes Booth: a wild twelve-day chase through the streets of Washington, D.C., across the swamps of Maryland, and into the forests of Virginia.

"This story is true. All the characters are real and were alive during the great manhunt of April 1865. Their words are authentic and come from original sources: letters, manuscripts, trial transcripts, newspapers, government reports, pamphlets, books and other documents. What happened in Washington, D.C., that spring, and in the swamps and rivers, forests and fields of Maryland and Virginia during the next twelve days, is far too incredible to have been made up."

So begins this fast-paced thriller that tells the story of the pursuit and capture of John Wilkes Booth and gives a day-by-day account of the wild chase to find this killer and his accomplices. Based on James Swanson's bestselling adult book Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln's Killer, this young people's version is an accessible look at the assassination of a president, and shows readers Abraham Lincoln the man, the father, the husband, the friend, and how his death impacted those closest to him.

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"The YA version of Swanson's bestselling Manhunt, this account of Lincoln's assassination and the 12-day search for his killer reads like a historical thriller, no matter that the narrative jumps among its locations and characters. As President Lincoln delivers victory speeches in April 1865, an enraged John Wilkes Booth vows death: 'Now, by God, I'll put him through.' Every bit of dialogue is said to come from original sources, adding a chill to the already disturbing conspiracy that Swanson unfolds in detail as Booth persuades friends and sympathizers to join his plot and later, to give him shelter. The author gives even the well-known murder scene at Ford's Theatre enough dramatic flourish to make the subject seem fresh. While Lincoln lays dying, Booth's accomplices clumsily attempt to kill Secretary of State William H. Seward, and Booth talks his way past a guard meant to bar him from crossing a bridge into Maryland. In focusing on Booth, the author reveals the depth of divisions in the nation just after the war, the disorder within the government and the challenges ahead. Abundant period photographs and documents enhance the book's immediacy. Ages 12 – up." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"Redacted from the author's 2006 bestseller Manhunt, this version features reproductions of photographs, articles and other archival material, as well as quotations liberally sprinkled throughout. Readers will find the list of the people involved a terrific help in keeping track of the large cast of characters." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"Fine storytelling and compelling writing take the reader through the twelve-day search for Lincoln's assassin, John Wilkes Booth....While there are a number of books about him, this one deserves a wide readership." Children's Literature

Synopsis:

New York Times bestselling author James Swanson delivers a riveting account of the chase for Abraham Lincoln's assassin.

Based on rare archival material, obscure trial manuscripts, and interviews with relatives of the conspirators and the manhunters, Chasing Lincoln's Killer is a fast-paced thriller about the pursuit and capture of John Wilkes Booth: a wild twelve-day chase through the streets of Washington, D.C., across the swamps of Maryland, and into the forests of Virginia.

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James L. Swanson has written for a variety of publications, including the Wall Street Journal and the Los Angeles Times. He is the coauthor of Lincoln's Assassins: Their Trial and Execution, and he is a member of the advisory committee of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission. Mr. Swanson is an attorney and has held a number of government and think-tank posts in Washington, D.C.

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andonijacklet, December 23, 2013 (view all comments by andonijacklet)
Chasing Lincoln’s Killer by James L. Swanson is a historical fast paced thriller about John Wilkes Booth, the man who was behind the death of Abe Lincoln. He is with two other people, John Surratt and Booth’s associate. After Lincoln dies, Booth’s associates try to escape the police officers. Along the way, they go through many problems such as a broken leg, and conflicting opinions on their team. The novel takes place around the main event of his death in Washington D.C, on April 15th, 1865.

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Swanson’s writing style comes off to be very pretentious and includes too much detail where it becomes difficult to understand which points are important and which points are filler. The interesting part is that the content of what Swanson’s book is discussing is more fascinating than the way it is written. I think that this book is great for someone who doesn’t have much of a background history on the assassination of Lincoln. However, since I knew most of the things that were in the book, it didn’t catch my attention. On the other hand, I enjoyed that it added new ways of looking at the event that most history novels wouldn’t include. The bottom-line, a historical take on Lincoln’s assassination has been done many times before, but Chasing Lincoln’s Killer brings many different points of view, which makes it more interesting. This book digs deeper about John Wilkes Booth, while other books focus the attention more on praising Lincoln. People who would like it are those who enjoy discussing history, and want to find out more details with visual explanations about the topic.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780439903547
Author:
Swanson, James L.
Publisher:
Scholastic Press
Subject:
United States - 19th Century
Subject:
Fugitives from justice
Subject:
Assassins
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : General
Subject:
History - United States/19th Century
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Biography
Subject:
Historical
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20090231
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 7
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in
Age Level:
from 12

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Product details 208 pages Scholastic Press - English 9780439903547 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "The YA version of Swanson's bestselling Manhunt, this account of Lincoln's assassination and the 12-day search for his killer reads like a historical thriller, no matter that the narrative jumps among its locations and characters. As President Lincoln delivers victory speeches in April 1865, an enraged John Wilkes Booth vows death: 'Now, by God, I'll put him through.' Every bit of dialogue is said to come from original sources, adding a chill to the already disturbing conspiracy that Swanson unfolds in detail as Booth persuades friends and sympathizers to join his plot and later, to give him shelter. The author gives even the well-known murder scene at Ford's Theatre enough dramatic flourish to make the subject seem fresh. While Lincoln lays dying, Booth's accomplices clumsily attempt to kill Secretary of State William H. Seward, and Booth talks his way past a guard meant to bar him from crossing a bridge into Maryland. In focusing on Booth, the author reveals the depth of divisions in the nation just after the war, the disorder within the government and the challenges ahead. Abundant period photographs and documents enhance the book's immediacy. Ages 12 – up." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Redacted from the author's 2006 bestseller Manhunt, this version features reproductions of photographs, articles and other archival material, as well as quotations liberally sprinkled throughout. Readers will find the list of the people involved a terrific help in keeping track of the large cast of characters."
"Review" by , "Fine storytelling and compelling writing take the reader through the twelve-day search for Lincoln's assassin, John Wilkes Booth....While there are a number of books about him, this one deserves a wide readership."
"Synopsis" by , New York Times bestselling author James Swanson delivers a riveting account of the chase for Abraham Lincoln's assassin.

Based on rare archival material, obscure trial manuscripts, and interviews with relatives of the conspirators and the manhunters, Chasing Lincoln's Killer is a fast-paced thriller about the pursuit and capture of John Wilkes Booth: a wild twelve-day chase through the streets of Washington, D.C., across the swamps of Maryland, and into the forests of Virginia.

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