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

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HarperCollins, Feb 7, 2006 - History - 464 pages
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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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Great research, great writing. - Goodreads
It was interesting, but hard to read. - Goodreads
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An Amazing Read. Gripping, Educational, Astonishing!! - Goodreads
However, I got bogged down in Swanson's writing a bit. - Goodreads
Incredibly detailed portrayal of such a historic event. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Heather - Goodreads

Fantastic. Written with excellent pacing, it read like a mystery/thriller novel, but was all the more fascinating for its factual basis. Swanson's painstaking research was evident on every page but it ... Read full review

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User Review  - Dan - Goodreads

This was a fascinating read. I kept wanting to read more instead of going to bed. It is a real page-turner. It reads like fiction, but it really happened. Read full review


His Sacred Blood
We Have Assassinated the President
Find the Murderers
That Vile Rabble of Human Bloodhounds
Hunted Like a Dog
Useless Useless
So Runs the World Away

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About the author (2006)

James Swanson is the Edgar Award-winning author of the New York Times bestseller Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincolnís Killer. Born on Lincolnís birthday, he has studied and collected books, documents, photographs, art, and artifacts from Abraham Lincolnís lifeóand deathósince he was ten years old.

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