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Chasing Lincoln's Killer by James L. Swanson
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Feb 12, 2009

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bookshelves: non-fiction, review-for-collection, msba-nominees
Recommended for: tweens that are history buffs or looking for information on Lincoln's death
Read in February, 2009

Maine Student Book Award Nominee 2010-2011

If I had known before I ordered it that it was a younger version of an adult book, I probably wouldn't have read it. I read a review on someone's blog for tweens, and noticed our collection didn't have it, so decided to read it. There are MANY Lincoln books coming out right now, due to it being his 200th birthday yesterday and boosted by comparisons to our current president. This was a pretty good book. I would give it 3 1/2 stars. Swanson lays out how the asassination was planned, how it was carried out, where the various mis-steps were, all the way through to it's final conclusion with the death sentences of the various conspirators. I'm not sure I want to read Manhunt the book it was based off of now, but I feel like I know a lot more about what exactly went down on April 14, 1865 and the following days.

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