James L. Swanson



James Swanson is the Edgar Award-winning author of the New York Times bestseller Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln's Killer. Swanson has degrees in history from the University of Chicago, where he was a student of John Hope Franklin, and in law from the University of California, Los Angeles.

He has held a number of government and think-tank posts in Washington, D.C., including at the United States Department of Justice. Swanson serves on the advisory council of the Ford's Theatre Society. 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.

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Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase f...

4.12 avg rating — 25,859 ratings — published 2006 — 27 editions
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Chasing Lincoln's Killer

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"The President Has Been Sho...

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Bloody Crimes: The Chase fo...

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End of Days: The Assassinat...

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Chasing King's Killer: The ...

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Bloody Times: The Funeral o...

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Chasing Lincoln\’s Killer a...

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“She recognized that the assassination had transformed him into a hero too: 'Now, I think I should have known that he was magic all along- but I should have guessed that it would be too much to ask to grow old with [him] and see our children grow up together. So now, he is a legend when he would have preferred to be a man.”
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“War had tested the limits of John Kennedy’s physical and mental endurance, and he passed that test with great courage and coolness in the face of danger. Later, when he was president, Kennedy displayed that coconut on his desk as a treasured souvenir of his escape from death.”
James L. Swanson, "The President Has Been Shot!": The Assassination of John F. Kennedy

“John Kennedy’s family was rich, and he had enjoyed all the privileges that money could buy — a fine Harvard education, world travel, material possessions, leisure, and his father’s contacts.”
James L. Swanson, "The President Has Been Shot!": The Assassination of John F. Kennedy

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