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Manhunt by James L. Swanson
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May 02, 2010

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Read from June 12 to 24, 2010

I was unaware of basically every fact in this book other than the murder scene. It was fascinating, but disturbing as well. Booth was in his own little world. He was an actor, and he saw himself as the star of a Shakespearean play. He basically lied to himself until he believed his own rhetoric.

The author quotes extensively from Booth's diary and from scores of others who are sympathetic to him. That and some of the commentary smacked of anti-hero worship. Booth at times is made out to be a tragic figure, the product of fate--forgiven, even admired at times, which was just bizarre. Those who aided him faithfully were portrayed as noble, and those who betrayed him, like scoundrels.

So I might have misread the author's intent, but that just seemed wrong.


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