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Chasing Lincoln's Killer by James L. Swanson
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Feb 04, 12

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bookshelves: young-adult, mason-s-shelf
Read in February, 2012

I liked the way this was written. It was a neat way to learn about the Lincoln assassination because it follows Booth as much, if not more, than those chasing him. The details show intense research and knowledge that allow Swanson to be very specific with his descriptions of the events.
I also enjoyed that Swanson explained why he loved learning about Lincoln. (He was born on Lincoln's birthday.) He states that at the very beginning of the book. I loved that because to the reader, he has a sort of connection. He didn't just sit down one day and think, "hmm, today I will google Lincoln's assassination."
Overall, I think it is a great way to present and teach an event in history that people don't really understand beyond "Lincoln was shot by John Wilkes Booth in Ford's Theater". I'd recommend it to anyone curious about Lincoln or history.

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