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

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Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln's Killer by James L. Swanson, Jonathan Davis

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.

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ISBN-13: 9781428135185
Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC
Publication date: 01/31/2007
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

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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Manhunt 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 281 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Live every minute of Booth's excape in this remarkable tale that's written with all the urgency of a modern novel and all of the accuracy of the most researched event in American history. Even though you know the ending, you won't want to put this book down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When I first started "Manhunt," I was a little skeptical. I didn't think I would like it. I had to make myself read the first couple of chapters. Seeing as my husband, father-in-law, and mother-in-law had read it, I was determined to finish it. Before I knew it, I didn't want to put it down. I learned so much about John Wilkes Boothe that I never knew. All we learned in school was that he shot President Lincoln at Ford's Theatre, and that was it. Swanson's writing was more like fiction. It was absolutely enthralling. I never imagined such harrowing details of the hours after President Lincoln was shot. It was something that I had never even thought about. The twelve day chase for Boothe kept me on the edge of my seat, and I was astonished by the ending. I would definitely recommed this book to everyone. We all need to know more about Presdent Lincoln's assassination and the chase for his killer. I promise that even if you are not the slightest bit interested in history, this book will intrigue you!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is truly amazing. It's historical content is magnificent and the story is told in such a magnificent, exciting manner, which made it so that I could not put the book down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was centered around the plan action and chase for Lincons killer, Jhon Willkes Booth. The author James L. Swanson gave actual accounts from the witnesses and people involved in assasinations. I thought the book was an interesting and some what easy read. There was not a time throughout the book where i did not understand what the authour was trying to say. I also thought that the book had a virtual cornicopia of information and quotes from eyewitnesses, I found this help full in understanding the story in genaral. But the book was a tad long for my taste 496 pages, with a few pictures but that is my only complaint. The way the book was written was sufficent enough for me to get through it and understand all the information being laid before me. the author did a good job of putting the information together in a way for the book to make sense and flow perfectly. i would recomend this book if you like historical events, and a small ammount of action. overall this book was definetly worth the read.
Julie_from_Anaheim More than 1 year ago
I read this book right after "Team of Rivals" by Doris Kearns Goodwin. I am very interested in President Lincoln, but I didn't know much about the subject of his assassination until I read this book. The action begins on page one and is continuous to the last page. The character of John Wilkes Booth is larger than life. His dramatic flair extends beyond the stage and into real life drama. He interacts with fellow conspirators and innocent bystanders. Some of his fellow conspirators are as committed to the cause as he is, and others falter under the pressure to follow through with the devious plans. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book... I couldn't put it down. I have since purchased a copy as a gift and recommended it to several people.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think this is a great book. I read it after reading Team of Rivals. I would recommend that sequence to anyone, although this book was not intended as a sequel, so there is some overlap. This book explores in depth a short period of time that is often passed over, but provides insights into what would follow.
MDmom More than 1 year ago
This is a detailed journey of one of the most famous manhunts ever. I'm the type of person who will cheat and skip to the end of a book by the sixth chapter and then go back and continue the book. No point here, we know the outcome. Instead I found myself rereading chapters to absorb as much of the detail as possible. My neighbor is a history buff. I gave him a copy for his birthday.
Ozwell More than 1 year ago
There's not much I can add to the well deserved praise heaped on this re-telling of the Lincoln assasination. I was suprised by how much I didn't know about the events of that night, and the chase that followed There's plenty of historical background and detail. I was impressed by the thrilling way the narrative unfolds. Recommended.
The_Angry_Scientist More than 1 year ago
I did not originally intend on reading this book. In fact, this was just given to me by one of my teachers. And while in one of those between book crises, I picked this book up. Upon reading this, I was just mesmerized. I mean, how an author can make an event that occured over 100 years ago and make the reader feel like that they were reading one of John Grisham's or Tom Clancy's or Richard Preston's thrillers. Actually, come to think of it, he pulled a Preston on us as he could have made the account as boring as many of the history textbooks and made one drool during the first sentence, but no. He made very plausible, sharp dialogue and actually took the reader from their seats and placed them right there with the "characters". I loved the book for that reason. I hope that he does another just as good or even better.
Solitaireyqueen More than 1 year ago
This book was fast-paced and was packed with so much information! I believe this should be required reading in all high schools. The author writes in a vivid style that brings this 146 year old history-making event to life. This really is a must read because, trust me, you didn't learn what's in this book in any class you took!
J2thaOE More than 1 year ago
From the moment i picked this novel up i couldn't put it down. I am a history lover and love novels that are based on events that happened in history. This novel makes it feel like you were following right behind Wilkes Booth as he went about killing the president and the chase for him afterward. But this book can also be enjoyed by someone who is not a history lover. The way it is written is brilliant and i would recommend this novel to anyone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was a page-turner, one that let the reader get a sense of what life was like during the period, and how the hatred between the North and South led John Wilkes Booth to think that he was actually doing the country a service by asassinating President Lincoln. It also clears up the issue of whether Dr. Samuel Mudd was aware of his patient's identity when he set his broken leg.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was an excellent read on the last moments in Lincoln's life and that of John Wilkes Booth. The detail was such that it felt as if I was right there when it all happpened.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Since I was in middle school, I was very interested in President Lincoln and the unfortunate details of his assasination. After hearing James Swanson interviewed about his book 'Manhunt', last year on the Michael Medved Show, my interest was re-invigorated. I have read, maybe 2 books in their entirety in my lifetime before this book. Now I can add a third to that list. Very detailed, and compelling! I could not put it down, but when I did, I couldn't wait to get through my workday to get back to it. Great book!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is for anyone who has even a slight interest in history. Immaculately written this book is suspenseful and exciting through and through.
Old_Sage More than 1 year ago
Great read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Even though Booth was one of the worst people in American history, his story of running from DC is exciting. This book makes you almost root for him, but we all know how it ends... Great book for US history lovers because it is loaded with first-hand accounts of what happened.
John Salazar More than 1 year ago
Im not one to read books about history, but this enjoyable read put me right in the thick of it. I have never been so interested on the topic until reading this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had heard about this book about a month and a half ago. I quickly forgot about it and when shopping for Christmas presents yesterday, I realized it would be a great book for my brother. I took a seat in the bookstore, had a cup of coffee and thought I'd read the first couple of pages to kill the time... 70 pages later I realized I needed to move along! I'm not one for non-fiction and not a "huge" Lincoln fan (by that, I mean I don't go out of my way to read any historical books on him), but the first couple of chapters of this book were incredible. I bought one for my brother and one for me....and can't wait to finish it!
Starlifter More than 1 year ago
What a great read on this event. If you are even the least bit interested in the Lincloln assasination then you'll need to get all the facts. This book is very comprehensive and will tell the entire story after the fatal shot. I was intrigued by the detail which I was unaware of during the capture. I'm sure you will enjoy the hours spent reading it and I'm sure it will not dissapoint.
mtgolfpro More than 1 year ago
Great read, could not put the book down. Better than any fiction novel I have ever read!!
BSMMA More than 1 year ago
Manhunt is a great review of the actual day to day events that occurred between April 14 to April 26th of 1865. I am avid reader of civil war history and I thoroughly enjoyed the audio version of this book. This is a must read for any student of American history and/or the Civil War.
SmokingJacketMan More than 1 year ago
This is a good book. I thought I knew a little about the Booth and Lincoln, but I knew less than I thought. This was a very good book about what happened after that night. It is history, but reads like a novel. I have passed on to 5 other people, all really enjoying it. I highly recommend it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book takes you into the search for President Lincoln's killer.You follow John Wilkes Boothes trek from Washington,D.C.,to Dr.Samuel Mudd's all the way to his final minutes.It sheds light on those involved with supporting facts of their guilt.
dsb More than 1 year ago
I thought I knew a lot about Booth, his life, motives and his escape and eventual capture; but this book brings many "unknown" facts to light to weave a story that we weren't told about in school. This book could easily be a movie; but then the historical facts would most likely be sacrificed in order to sell a highly modified plot and that would spoil it all. While the book jacket emphasizes that it's contents are about Booth and his cohorts after the death of Lincoln I found the description of Booth, how he lived, previous plots against Lincoln and other governmental officials to be key in understanding the events after the assassination. One of the best American history books I have ever had the pleasure to read. The research into little known facts make the story both interesting and informative. dsb