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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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Despite the absence of action throughout most of the book, he held my interest as jamds as my sympathy; I found myself almost going against history and hoping Booth would get away. I can’t say that I didn’t enjoy Manhunt. His heroic efforts of saving inmates and staff of the prison during a yellow fever epidemic intaking over the prison’s medical responsibilities from the dead prison’s doctor, won him release from confinement by President Andrew Johnson in History doesn’t just come alive the way James Swanson writes it, it jumps up and grabs you and throws you smack into the middle of an America still drowning in the chaos of civil war, just barely beginning to rise up from the mire and rebuild only mangunt be swandon into turmoil once again with the assassination of President Lincoln.

I mean, I’m having trouble keeping up the excitement just in this short review!

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Sections here or there were drawn out a bit, I suspect in order to add a few more pages to a tale that is essentially straightforward. View all 4 comments. I had always known since schooldays that John Wilkes Booth had assassinated President Abraham Lincoln but I had no idea of the background and the follow-up to his action.

It helps the jamed get into it, but, for my taste, he overdid his puns and cliches and all that. In an hour by hour recreation that is based on archival materials and trial transcripts, Manhunt is told from several perspectives including those hunting for Booth, John Mahunt Booth, Secretary of War Stanton, and others.

I find nothing about Booth’s actions or course noble.

The murder of Abraham Lincoln set off the greatest manhunt in American history — the pursuit and capture of John Wilkes Booth. Even though I knew the story, I was captivated by the narrative and the interactions among the major characters.

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As the author jamed in one of his notes, which are not too intense and do lend themselves to being read at the back of the book, it is not an encyclopedia of the assassination but it is certainly a dramatic account of the events of 14 to 26 April on an hour by hour, day by day basis.

Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates. The author uses first-hand accounts, trial testimony etc. This audiobook can be listened to on: The Mudd family’s position was reflected in a movie, “The Ordeal of Dr. Swanson Narrated by Jonathan Davis. Andy The book has an epilogue, prologue, and lengthy bibliographic and editorial references. On the other hand, Lucinda Holloway who ministered to the mortally wounded Booth on the porch of the Garrett farm receives favorable treatment.

Jan 13, Dan rated it really liked it. Good to the end.

Swanson takes the reader through a concise, dramatic retelling of the titular 12 days following the assassination during which Booth attempted to cross into the more sympathetic deep south, the manhunt that comprised literally thousands of people determined to find him, and the men and women who found themselves suddenly becoming part of history when Booth sought their help.

Jun 16, Lydia rated it really liked it. There was so much I didn’t know about the manhunt for Booth and swansno accomplices, or even about the assassination itself. Booth had already decided. Item s unavailable for purchase.

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

But just across the street is the narrow home where Lincoln was taken just after he was shot to avoid the mannunt of dying in such an immoral venue as a theater, and on Good Friday at that. No, cancel Yes, report it Thanks! It gives insight into the Lincoln conspiracy members, and shows their various personalities.

Swanson’s book sets the record on his killer, Booth, who committed a despicable act and yet became a legendary dramatic figure who continues to captivate readers of history.

I didn’t know too much more than the basics of the Lincoln assassination before I read this book. Thanks for telling us about the problem.


The spirit of revenge against anyone remotely associated with Booth led to the arrests jamess numerous other people. Swanson is also very dramatic in his telling of history. A professional actor, he was swason least as motivated by the desire for fame and glory as ideology.

Swanson’s twist in writing of this period of national distress is his use of a style akin to that of a crime reporter. From April 14 to April 26,the assassin, John Wilkes Booth, led Union cavalry and detectives on a wild twelve-day chase through the streets of Washington, D. Return to Book Page. Grant had a foreboding feeling and left Washington the afternoon before Jsmes murder. In reading it, I kept feeling it was like listening to a really pure and beautiful soprano who hits those perfect notes that always give you a headache and make you wince.

Their are myriad reasons he was one of the best presidents this country has seen. Again, the book doesn’t ignore this, in fact, it actively connects Booth to future villainy, lynchings, and other hateful racist branches of the American tree.

On page 84 actress Laura Keene is described as a brazen opportunist who ruthlessly insinuates her way into the presidential box for the sole reason of achieving some kind of fame for being a part of history. The other point is, this book is written in such an engaging way that you might get confused about that, if only for a moment, and forget that this is indeed something that happened in the real world.

Swanson, a legal scholar with the Cato Institute and a Lincoln historian, knows the assassination inside and out; he’s been studying Lincoln since he was a child, and his previous book with Daniel R.

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. He actually believed he was doing a service to the country! Mudd was jamex arrested, tried and convicted of conspiracy for aiding Lincoln’s conspirators. The author’s own writing left much to be desired.