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Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln's Killer (P.S.) Paperback – February 6, 2007
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The Greatest Manhunt in American History
For 12 days after his brazen assassination of Abraham Lincoln, John Wilkes Booth was at large, and in Manhunt, historian James L. Swanson tells the vivid, fully documented tale of his escape and the wild, massive pursuit. Get a taste of the daily drama from this timeline of the desperate search.
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Starred Review. In the early days of April 1865, with the bloody war to preserve the union finished, Swanson tells us, Abraham Lincoln was "jubilant." Elsewhere in Washington, the other player in the coming drama of the president's assassination was miserable. Hearing Lincoln's April 10 victory speech, famed actor and Confederate die-hard John Wilkes Booth turned to a friend and remarked with seething hatred, "That means nigger citizenship. Now, by God, I'll put him through." On April 14, Booth did just that. With great power, passion and at a thrilling, breakneck pace, Swanson (Lincoln's Assassins: Their Trial and Execution) conjures up an exhausted yet jubilant nation ruptured by grief, stunned by tragedy and hell-bent on revenge. For 12 days, assisted by family and some women smitten by his legendary physical beauty, Booth relied on smarts, stealth and luck to elude the best detectives, military officers and local police the federal government could muster. Taking the reader into the action, the story is shot through with breathless, vivid, even gory detail. With a deft, probing style and no small amount of swagger, Swanson, a member of the Lincoln Bicentennial Commission, has crafted pure narrative pleasure, sure to satisfy the casual reader and Civil War aficionado alike. 11 b&w photos not seen by PW. (Feb. 7)
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
This book is truly riveting. It gives a compelling portrait of both Lincoln and John Wilkes Booth with the primary focus on the search for Booth after the assassination. Somehow he managed to stay clear of the authorities for 12 whole days. The search for him is described with great passion and detail and it is impossible to stop reading until the final page is turned.
I'm not even a history buff (although I like it well enough)and I found this book absolutely irresistable! Rumor is there'll be a movie version of this pretty soon. I can't wait for that either!
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AUTHOR: James L. Swanson
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