Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln's Killer
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Seriously though, this account of JW Booth’s capture is worth reading. The drawback is sometimes the writing lays it on too thick. It works effectively at the beginning: the assassination itself, for example, is gripping. And since Booth was an actor, the Shakespearian allu ...more
'Manhunt' most certainly clears that little matter up for it is a stupendous account of the 12-day chase for the killer as well as setting the scene for the deed and giving later detail about what happened to the various key locations in the story.
Once begun it is difficult to put down, for the action rolls on and on without let ...more
James L. Swanson's Web site includes a glowing review quotation from Patricia Cornwell. The correlation is apt since critics find this nonfiction account of Booth's getaway as compelling as the best thrillers. 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. Weinberg), Lincoln's Assassins, was a photographic and archival study of Booth and his co...more
After thinking about it a whil ...more
This book is so well written that it swoops you up into the excitement and blood-pumping emotions of the aftermath of Lincoln's assassination. Booth is not demonized, nor is he glorified. This is an interesting recount of what was going on around Was ...more
Swanson's twist in writing of this period of national distress ...more
Swanson begins his book with "a note to the reader" in which he makes the claim, "This story is ...more
However, I liked this book. Swanson obviously is fascinated by this topic, and it comes through in his narrative. 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. Despite the absence of action throughout most of the book, he held my interest as well as ...more
I'll write a proper review of this great book after I spend some time gathering my thoughts.
Swanson takes the assassination story from the attack to the ultimate capture of Booth. He describes how the actor got away, where he went and how he evaded capture for 12 days. He also explores the relat ...more
He gives in to whims of flowery language, assumes conversations and thoughts, and routinely vacillates between present day and the 1860s. While I'm sure most of his hard facts are correct, allowing yourself to give in to ...more
The store clerk’s endorsement was no exaggeration: Manhunt is a ver ...more
About those accounts, though...I found myself wondering whether Swanson took creative license with history, so frequent were the mentions ...more
As implied by the title, the subject matter primarily regards the events that occurred directly after Lincoln was shot, until the time Booth was caught. Stanton, Booth, etc. What is not immediately apparent by just the title is that the story is about Fanny ...more
Parts of the book were downright fascinating; other parts were dragged down with detail. Interestingly, while in the interview with ...more
He has held a number of government and think-tank posts in Washington, D.C., including at the United St ...more