Terry Lucas's Reviews > Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln's Killer

Manhunt by James L. Swanson
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Feb 08, 11

Read in January, 2011

I was reading the chapter where Booth is about to shoot Lincoln and I found myself sitting tensely in the chair with the book close to my face and hurredly turning the pages to find out if he gets away with it, or does he get caught! Hellooo-oooo!!!
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 Washington D.C, Maryland and Virginia, with those directly involved, and those on the perimeter. It is little details that make this story relevant and intersting, such as a young African American woman watching Booth rush from the theater through the back alley thinking how handsome he was, but little realizing he had just killed the president.
This book is well researched and follows the chase of not just Booth but his accomplices who were charged with the assassination of major cabinet members.
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