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

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Harper Collins, Feb 7, 2006 - History - 464 pages

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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Engaging narrative, and covers a topic that a lot of people only know a bit about. Reading an ARC might've been detrimental, here — there were a good number of details Swanson left out, and lots of typos. Some thoughts got lost in the shuffle. Read full review

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User Review  - justagirlwithabook - LibraryThing

I read this a long while ago so I can't remember details to review, but I do remember that I loved reading it and was completely fascinated by the story of John Wilkes Booth and his crazy runaway after assassinating Lincoln. Read full review


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

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