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

by admin on September 9, 2009

Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln’s Killer by James Swanson is one of the most entertaining non-fiction books I have read in quite some time. When this book originally came out I tried listening to it on CD. I am just one of those people who do not like books on CD or e-books. I need to turn the pages and read the words for myself to really take in what is happening.

President Abraham Lincoln 10 weeks before assassination

President Abraham Lincoln 10 weeks before assassination

Dialogue and action have been painstakingly put together through Swanson’s thorough research. Newspaper articles, letters amongst the assassination plotters, the diary of John Wilkes Booth, and recorded personal accounts by those involved in the escape and manhunt of John Wilkes Booth were the main sources for this incredible account of President Abraham Lincoln’s assassination.

The thing that amazes me the most about the 12 day “chase” for Booth was the amount of luck and bumbling that went on as Booth sought to escape deeper into the south. In the history books it seemed like they made it out to be a quick pursuit and capture of John Wilkes Booth, but in reality Booth’s bumbling and the relentless pursuit by Union forces were part of a grueling 12 day search for Abraham Lincoln’s killer.

Manhunt: The 12 Day Chase for Lincoln’s Killer was the best book I have read on the assassination of Abraham Lincoln and really opened my eyes to a number of facts that had been muddied over the years and in history books. It was also one of the most interesting non-fiction books I have ever read. Brilliantly pieced together by James Swanson. I highly recommend this book.

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