- Series: P.S.
- Paperback: 496 pages
- Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; Reprint edition (February 6, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0060518502
- ISBN-13: 978-0060518509
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 1.2 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 741 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,105 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln's Killer (P.S.) Paperback – February 6, 2007
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“Told expertly . . . Swanson’s moment by moment account of the 12-day chase is compulsively readable.” (Wall Street Journal)
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“Vividly readable example of the you-are-there genre . . . managed with ‘CSI’ immediacy.” (Washington Post)
About the Author
James Swanson is the Edgar Award-winning author of the New York Times bestsellers Manhunt and its sequel, Bloody Crimes.
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I loved the details -- some macabre, others humorous -- that Swanson uses to provide a complete and arresting picture of the events of late April 1865. Such as Laura Keene, leading-lady in the production of "Our American Cousin" at Ford's Theater on the night of the assassination, who gently craddled Lincoln's head in her lap in the moments before the stricken president was moved across the street the Petersen House. The narcissistic thespian and trigger-man, John Wilkes Booth, hungrily pouring over the news of the assassination in newspapers as though he were reading reviews of his latest stage performance. The pious, dim-witted, and self-castrated Union cavalry soldier, Boston Corbett, who shot the cornered Booth through the neck, rendering the assassin a quadriplegic for the final few hours of his life. Major Henry Rathbone and his fiance, Clara Harris, who accompanied the president and Mrs. Lincoln to the theater that night after General and Mrs. Ulysses S. Grant (and several others) had to turn down the request, only to provide minimal assistance during and after the attack (18-years later Rathbone would murder his wife in Germany). The authoritarian curmudgeon, Edwin Stanton, who created a virtual command center in the room next to Lincoln's deathbed at the Petersen House to track down and capture the assassins, which were, he was convinced, part of a wicked conspiracy orchestrated by the Confederate high command. The diminutive, but courageous Fanny Seward, who valiantly fought to save her father, secretary of state Willam Seward, from the vicious bowie knife blows of Lewis Powell.
It is important to note that Swanson's narrative never touches on the controversial questions of the military tribunal that sent four men and one woman to the gallows in July 1865. The sole focus is the day of the assassination and the days that followed. You can almost hear the hiss of the gaslights and smell the acrid tobacco smoke in the air as Swanson recreates scene after scene. "Manhunt" is popular history at its absolute finest.
The prose made the book felt like a NYT bestselling crime thriller. Swanson fully captures the readers attention immediately and never let's it loose from his grasp. Swanson does not write a mini biography on Lincoln or Booth, but instead focuses almost entirely on the manhunt, which is what separates this book from others. Its narrow and complete focus makes capitivating details easy to remeber, and unleashes an insatiable desire for more information.
One thing that I wished there was more of would be accounts of the failed raids and deaths of those involved in searching for Lincoln. Dozens of volunteers and soldiers met their demise while searching for the killers through swamps and in other inhospitable terrain. Also, the death of Lafayette C Baker is unfortunately inadequately covered. I'm not a fan of the conspiracy theory involving Baker and Stanton and consider it hogwash but it would have been a felicitous excerpt.
Looking at how Lincoln's injury was treated from a 21st century perspective is interesting, but what I found more fascinating was the pre-CSI efforts to identify and track down his killer and those associated with him. No cars, no telephones, no internet and they still managed to find him - amazing when you think about it.
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