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Fri June 15, 2012
Good Read: "Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln's Killer" by James L. Swanson
The murder of Abraham Lincoln set off the greatest manhunt in American history. From April 14 to April 26, 1865, the assassin, John Wilkes Booth, 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. James L. Swanson’s Manhunt is 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.
“I picked this book up in the bookstore that’s tucked into a corner of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. I was looking for a good historical non-fiction read while I was in town, and I found it. Swanson translates his encyclopedic knowledge of the Lincoln Assassination and its players, both major and minor, into a story that reads like a good thriller. It’s a thorough account (some 392 pages) that neither bogs the reader down nor engages in stereotypes; I finished Manhunt in a mere three days. An absolute must for Lincoln enthusiasts, history buffs, and even lovers of a good mystery.” – Todd Hatton