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

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Harper Collins, 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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User Review  - GovMarley - LibraryThing

Manhunt follows the events surrounding the days before Lincoln's assassination and the 12-day search that followed for John Wilkes Booth and his co-conspirators. It is a fascinating true story of how ... Read full review

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User Review  - csweder - LibraryThing

Compared to the historical account I read earlier this year of a serial killer from the midwest, this book had everything the other didn't. It was engaging from the first page, combining facts of the ... Read full review

Contents

Prologue
1
His Sacred Blood
62
We Have Assassinated the President
95
Find the Murderers
133
That Vile Rabble of Human Bloodhounds
176
Hunted Like a Dog
224
Useless Useless
281
So Runs the World Away
344
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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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