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Chasing Lincoln's Killer by James L. Swanson

Chasing Lincoln's Killer (original 2009; edition 2009)

by James L. Swanson

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Title:Chasing Lincoln's Killer
Authors:James L. Swanson
Info:Scholastic Press (2009), Edition: 1, Hardcover, 208 pages
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I listened to the audiobook version. The narrator was superb, and the account of the conspiracy and the manhunt was very interesting. Having been in the theater, the museum, and the house across the street, I found the details in the book to be very accurate. ( )
  daatwood | Nov 21, 2013 |
This book is about how John Wilkes Booth killed president Lincoln, and how Lewis Powell was close to killing William Seward. John Wilkes Booth and Lewis Powell were the most wanted men in Maryland. After Booth assassinated president Lincoln Powell attempted to assassinate the Secretary of State. Booth and another man named Herold went on to the south, before the union Calvary caught up with them so they could catch Booth for assassinating Lincoln. Later in the end Herold and Booth confessed but Booth sort of put up a fight and wouldn't come out of the Garrett's barn. Then the union Calvary soldiers shot Booth in the back of the head and Booth lost a lot of blood. then they brought Booth out of the barn and carried him into the Garrett's house.m
I think this book was really good. I learned a lot about how Booth had assassinated president Lincoln. If I didn't read this book i would have never known that John Wilkes Booth assassinated Abraham Lincoln. I think that Booth should have been killed instead of being given a chance to surrender, because he killed Abraham Lincoln our president of the United States. ( )
  HannahK.B1 | Nov 2, 2013 |
This nonfiction chapter book recounts the astonishing twelve-day pursuit and capture of John Wilkes Booth, the assassin of President Abraham Lincoln. Though Booth is the principal focus of the book, the reader also learns of the political opinions and actions of Booth’s many conspirators. Every bit of dialogue is said to come from original sources, adding a chill to the already disturbing conspiracy as Booth persuades his friends to join his plot- and later, to give him shelter. As Lincoln lays dying, Booth's accomplices clumsily attempt to kill Secretary of State William H. Seward and Booth talks his way past a guard meant to stop him from crossing a bridge into Maryland. Based on rare archival material, obscure trial manuscripts, and interviews with relatives of the conspirators and the manhunters, “Chasing Lincoln’s Killer” is a fast-paced thriller full of photos of primary sources, such as newspaper articles, portraits, and reward posters. Middle school readers might already know the end of the story, but they probably don’t know how it all came to pass and will be mesmerized by the chase and the events that led up to it. ( )
  MzzColby | Oct 4, 2013 |
This is a very interesting story and one that is great for middle grade and high school students due to the graphic nature of some of the details and pictures(for example, there is a picture of some of the conspirators hanging). There are plenty of authentic pictures of those involved as well as of newspaper headlines from the times. This was very well researched and clearly used primary sources. The story was well paced and very interesting as well. The vivid descriptions, such as when the doctor probes the bullet wound in Lincoln's head with his dirty fingers actually made me grimace but were fascinating at the same time. The book overall explains Booth's motives and lays out the previous foiled plots that he hatched as well as the manhunt that follows his escape from Ford's Theatre. ( )
  mbklibrary | Aug 25, 2013 |
Chasing Lincoln’s Killer
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Imagine taking a long journey, but it wasn’t a fun one; it was a journey as a fugitive with an injured leg. This is John Wilkes Booth’s journey. The book Chasing Lincoln’s Killer by James L. Swanson describes his journey. This book is non-fiction so all the events really happened. The book Chasing Lincoln’s Killer was good because it contains action, adventure and suspense.
James L. Swanson wrote this book to explain how Lincoln was killed and how Lincoln’s killer, John Wilkes Booth lived the rest of his life as a fugitive. All the characters are real and were living during this time period. There are many original letters, newspapers, government reports, and other documents shown in this book. The rivers forests and swamps of Virginia and Maryland are real. The book Chasing Lincoln’s Killer gives a day-by-day point of view of Booth, his accomplices, union cavalry and more. The wild chase and capture of John Wilkes Booth is explained thoroughly throughout the book.
It was April 14, 1865. Lincoln was going to Ford’s Theatre to relax after a victory over the confederacy, but John Wilkes Booth had other plans. He wanted to kill the president of the United States. At exactly 10:13 John Wilkes Booth shot Lincoln with a .44 caliber, single shot pistol. Unlike military pistols this gun only shot once. The last words Lincoln heard were “You sockdologizing old mantrap”. After shooting John Wilkes Booth had limited time to escape Washington before news spread and guards would know. He made it out and later was accompanied by David Herold, who was supposed to wait for Lewis Powell. Booth wanted Lewis Powell to kill secretary of State, William H. Seward. Powell failed to kill him but greatly injured him. John W. Booth’s life was in danger. He was a fugitive being hunted by Union cavalry. However Booth had lots of help from Dr. Samuel A. Mudd, Captain Cox and Thomas Jones. This wild journey is too incredible to be fiction. How long will he be on the run? Will he ever be found or killed? What really happened to John Wilkes Booth after the shooting? All these questions are answered if you read this book.
This book is a really good book. I rate this book 9 out of 10.The writing is very easy to understand and has a lot of detail so you know what is going on. For example “the black powder charge exploded and spit the bullet toward Lincoln’s Head” has very descriptive words so you can picture what happened. The author makes the story seem like it can only happen in a movie, but it really happened in real life. I would recommend it to others because it is interesting and has action, suspense and mystery.
I encourage you to read this book. When you’re done you won’t believe that the events really happened. This book left a good impression for me and I hope it will leave a good impression for you. ( )
  cow11 | May 17, 2013 |
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Based on rare archival material, obscure trial manuscripts, and interviews with relatives of the conspirators and the manhunters, CHASING LINCOLN'S KILLER is a fast-paced thriller about the pursuit and capture of John Wilkes Booth: a wild twelve-day chase through the streets of Washington, D.C., across the swamps of Maryland, and into the forests of Virginia.

"This story is true. All the characters are real and were alive during the great manhunt of April 1865. Their words are authentic and come from original sources: letters, manuscripts, trial transcripts, newspapers, government reports, pamphlets, books and other documents. What happened in Washington, D.C., that spring, and in the swamps and rivers, forests and fields of Maryland and Virginia during the next twelve days, is far too incredible to have been made up."

So begins this fast-paced thriller that tells the story of the pursuit and capture of John Wilkes Booth and gives a day-by-day account of the wild chase to find this killer and his accomplices. Based on James Swanson's bestselling adult book MANHUNT: THE 12-DAY CHASE FOR LINCOLN'S KILLER, this young people's version is an accessible look at the assassination of a president, and shows readers Abraham Lincoln the man, the father, the husband, the friend, and how his death impacted those closest to him.

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Recounts the escape of John Wilkes Booth, Abraham Lincoln's assassin, and follows the intensive twelve-day search for him and his accomplices.

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