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

Manhunt by James L. Swanson
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Sep 12, 2008

it was amazing
bookshelves: historical-fiction, non-fiction, scholarship, murder-most-foul, true-crime, o-captain-my-captain
Recommended for: history buffs, fans of old Father Abraham, treasure seekers

I may be a little bit biased, for example this is my favorite t-shirt, but I loved this book. From start to finish, it's a riveting, narrative historical account of the assassination and its aftermath. Even John Wilkes Booth becomes a sympathetic human being in Swanson's care. These aren't just dry, historical figures anymore. By putting them in the context of a story -- even fictionalizing/speculating a little bit -- he makes them real people.

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