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

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The story of Abraham Lincoln’s assassination and the search for John Wilkes Booth is familiar even to elementary school students. However, the details related in this book give a fascinating immediacy to the event. Swanson takes the account from Lincoln’s second inaugural to the assassination itself. He describes Booth’s escape, his torturous flight and eventually to his being cornered and shot in a burning barn. Swanson’s research is meticulous and the account is made ever more real with the recent discovery of a report written by Dr. Charles Leal, who happened to be at the theater when Lincoln was shot and who stayed with him through the night. This is a riveting read, captivating till the end. ~ Ann

— From Ann


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.

About the Author

James Swanson is the Edgar Award-winning author of the New York Times bestsellers Manhunt and its sequel, Bloody Crimes.

Praise For…

“James Swanson has written a terrific narrative . . . a triumphant book.”
— Doris Kearns Goodwin

“Brilliant! Absolutely haunting. . . . This historical book is almost impossible to put down.”
— Patricia Cornwell

“A gripping page-turner . . . Riviting . . . Booth comes across as viscerally real.”
— Entertainment Weekly (Grade: A)

“Told expertly . . . Swanson’s moment by moment account of the 12-day chase is compulsively readable.”
Wall Street Journal

“Extraordinary . . . Brilliant . . . As gripping as any tightly scripted crime drama”
Boston Globe

“An action-adventure . . . infuse[d] with high drama. . . . A multifaceted chronicle.”
New York Times

“Vividly readable example of the you-are-there genre . . . managed with ‘CSI’ immediacy.”
Washington Post
Product Details
ISBN: 9780060518509
ISBN-10: 0060518502
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Publication Date: February 6th, 2007
Pages: 496
Language: English
Series: P.S.