Synopses & Reviews
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.
Based on rare archival materials and obscure trial transcripts, 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.
“Extraordinary . . . Brilliant . . . As gripping as any tightly scripted crime drama” Boston Globe
“James Swanson has written a terrific narrative . . . a triumphant book.” Doris Kearns Goodwin
“An action-adventure . . . infuse[d] with high drama. . . . A multifaceted chronicle.” New York Times
“Brilliant! Absolutely haunting. . . . This historical book is almost impossible to put down.” Patricia Cornwell
“A gripping page-turner . . . Riviting . . . Booth comes across as viscerally real.” Entertainment Weekly (
“Told expertly . . . Swansons moment by moment account of the 12-day chase is compulsively readable.” Wall Street Journal
“Vividly readable example of the you-are-there genre . . . managed with ‘CSI immediacy.” Washington Post
< b="">A New York Times Bestselling Author<>< p="">From April 14th to the 26th, 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, the author of the New York Times bestseller Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln's Killer, is an attorney who has held a number of government and think-tank posts in Washington, D.C. Born on Lincoln's birthday, he has studied and collected books, documents, art, and artifacts connected with Abraham Lincoln's life and death since he was ten years old. He has written about history, the Constitution, popular culture, and other subjects for a variety of publications, including the Wall Street Journal, American Heritage, Smithsonian, and the Los Angeles Times. Swanson is a member of the advisory committee of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission. He lives in Washington, D.C.