In April 1865, the search for Abraham Lincoln’s assassin, John Wilkes Booth, mesmerised a nation. In Manhunt: The 12-day chase for Abraham Lincoln’s Killer, James Swanson shows how Booth was able to evade capture time and again and why he refused to be taken alive. A gripping true tale of murder, intrigue and betrayal as exciting as any thriller.
Presents an hour-by-hour account of the 12 days in 1865 between President Abraham Lincoln's assassination and the capture and death of his murderer, John Wilkes Booth. This book tells the dramatic story through the eyes of the hunters and the hunted, making clear why Booth refused to be taken alive when at last he was cornered by the US cavalry.
"The very best history writing has the novelist’s instinct for characterisation, and understands the importance of tiny detail. I am absorbed right now by Manhunt, by James Swanson, as I always am by the latest le Carre novel. The squalid details of John Wilkes Booth's daily life on the run with a broken leg hold the reader firmly, even though we know the ending." New Statesman
“Swanson’s amazing account places you in the room as Lincoln lies dying and carries you across the countryside as Booth escapes. This historical book is almost impossible to put down.” Patricia Cornwell
“It’ll be a rare reader who can put this engrossing book down.” Scotsman
‘Convincing, full of detail and dialogue. Manhunt is an enjoyable, and often exciting, portrayal of what must have been twelve of the most turbulent days in American history.’ Independent on Sunday
Publication date: 04/01/2007
Publisher: Judy Piatkus Publishers Ltd
|Publication date:||4th January 2007|
|Author:||James L Swanson|
|Publisher:||Judy Piatkus Publishers Ltd|
|Genres:||The Real World,|
James L. Swanson, the author of the New York Times bestseller Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln's Killer, is an attorney who has held a number of government and think-tank posts in Washington, D.C. Born on Lincoln's birthday, he has studied and collected books, documents, art, and artifacts connected with Abraham Lincoln's life and death since he was ten years old. He has written about history, the Constitution, popular culture, and other subjects for a variety of publications, including the Wall Street Journal, American Heritage, Smithsonian, and the Los Angeles Times. Swanson is a member of the advisory committee ...More About James L Swanson