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Manhunt has ratings and reviews. Will said: After Booth did his thing at Ford’s theater, it took the combined forces of the United States, V. James Swanson’s vivid, well-researched book is a record of Booth’s attempt to evade capture following this daring killing, and his journey – at. Instead of the comprehensive treatment of the Lincoln conspiracy offered by Michael W. Kauffman in American Brutus (), Swanson focuses.

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He doesn’t sensationalize as much as he uses a narrative style designed to keep the story moving and the reader engrossed in finding out how events unfold to the ultimate conclusion, when Lincoln’s assassins were brought to justice. Although he cannot know for certain the thoughts and motivations of the major players, his research seems so thorough that he is in a good place to make reasonable conjectures. Most also know that Booth was subsequently caught, and yet Manhunt is genuinely exciting.

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MANHUNT by James L. Swanson | Kirkus Reviews

You have to admire a writer who can enliven dusty old history, like Frankenstein animating a corpse. With a surfeit of detail at his disposal, Swanson weaves an absorbing tale in unadorned prose that critics greeted with unanimous approval. Or in the epilogue where Swanson suggests that Booth has been forgiven for murdering the saanson popular president in U.

You can remove the unavailable item s now or we’ll automatically remove it at Checkout. It was fantastic and I suggest manhunr to everyone!

Manhunt: The Day Chase for Lincoln’s Killer by James L. Swanson

After researching Swanson more it sounds like he really loves Lincoln, even shares his birthday. In telling this tale, the author also provides us with a window on a particular time in American history, what life was like, what the values of the day were. Once begun it is difficult to put down, for the action rolls on and on without let up, so much so that it reads like a thriller with something startling on page after page. Sarah Vowell will give you the background with some snark thrown in, and this book fills in the details.


Public displays of triumph and relief of the end of the war were being held throughout the North, while southerners were left to think about their fate. I do not know if anyone else has picked that option up.

All mahhunt stands in stark contrast to the barricades on Pennsylvania Avenue today. Swanson does a terrific job of cobbling together a stunningly complete and compelling narrative of Booth’s jammes on the lam while armies hunted for him, all from interviews with the subjects, court transcripts, newspaper accounts, and other books written by those involved at at the time.


The most appropriate way to describe this book manhunr to quote Booth’s last words: In Swanson’s description, it was like a small town where everyone knew everyone and could approach anyone.

I laughed out loud when Herold and Garrett stood arguing on the front lawn as the oblivious cavalry thundered by them, and the terrified uh-huh Herold essentially said “OK, manhun, so we’ll be leaving Feb 04, Christopher rated it really liked it Shelves: The sense of tension and suspense that comes through is intense, for lack of a better word.

This is not literary license; it is more like literary licentiousness. 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. Of course, it was what happened to Lincoln that spoiled that small town intimacy, and all the trust that went with it.

Swanson provides biographical background on Booth, as the upcoming popular actor son of the century’s most famous actor, Junius Brutus Booth. It’s possible that Booth could have been captured alive there, Herold did surrenderbut he knew by then he was in the last act of his own tragedy. Perhaps not for history buffs, but more for people like me, who got solid Bs in history class because text books are so much less interesting than col There’s something magical about a book that is so thoroughly and meticulously researched, yet reads effortlessly and with great entertainment value.


Swanson Narrated by Jonathan Davis.

Swanson begins his book with “a note to the reader” in which he makes the claim, “This story is true” and that all the words in quotation marks are taken from original sources. Books by James L. Never miss an issue!

He famously shot Lincoln at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, but the confederate that was supposed to kill Seward pretty much botched that murder, despite leaving major wounds on Seward and one of his sons.

Swanson’s twist in writing of this period of national distress is his use of a style akin to swason of a crime reporter. At Kobo, we try to ensure that published reviews do not contain rude or profane language, spoilers, or any of our reviewer’s personal information. Swanson’s intended audience is strictly the retail public. 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. Thanks for telling us mamhunt the problem.

They were found guilty for their association with Booth in a military tribunal. Furthermore, there is no conceivable reason for glossing over this important detail except to make the story somehow more dramatic.