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Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln's…

Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln's Killer (2006)

by James L. Swanson

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Engaging narrative, and covers a topic that a lot of people only know a bit about. Reading an ARC might've been detrimental, here — there were a good number of details Swanson left out, and lots of typos. Some thoughts got lost in the shuffle. ( )
  wordsampersand | Dec 6, 2018 |
I learned through history classes that John Wilkes Booth was Abraham Lincoln's assassin. What I didn't know is all of the details of the planning of the killing and what took place in the hunt for Booth after the assassination. The details of the killing and the manhunt that followed were written to keep the reader interested to the end. ( )
  Rdglady | Nov 20, 2018 |
I read this a long while ago so I can't remember details to review, but I do remember that I loved reading it and was completely fascinated by the story of John Wilkes Booth and his crazy runaway after assassinating Lincoln. ( )
  justagirlwithabook | Jul 31, 2018 |
A little dry sometimes but a fascinating book about the hunt for John Booth. I learned a lot of things I did not know. ( )
  CSDaley | Mar 28, 2018 |
I knew the basic story of course. But I learned so much more.
The attack on William H. Seward and Lincoln moved me to tears.
There was something so intimate about hearing it in a soft voice right in my ear. ( )
  nx74defiant | Apr 30, 2017 |
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But for the most part the narrative - which relies on numerous first-hand and contemporary accounts, as well as Swanson's own retracing of Booth's steps - has a convincing feel, full of detail and dialogue. Manhunt is an enjoyable, and often exciting, portrayal of what must have been twelve of the most turbulent days in American history
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I have never had a feeling politically that did not spring from the Declaration of Independence...that which gave promise that in due time the weights should be lifted from the shoulders of all men, and that all should have an equal chance...Now, my friends, can this country be saved upon that basis?...If it can't be saved upon that principle...if this country cannot be saved without giving up on that principle...I would rather be assassinated on this spot than to surrender it.
--President-elect Abraham Lincoln during a speech on February 22, 1861, ten days before taking the oath of office as the sixteenth president of the United States.
This man's appearance, his pedigree, his coarse jokes and anecdotes, his vulgar similes, and his policy are a disgrace to the seat he holds...he is...the tool of the North, to crush out, or try to crush out slavery, by robbery, rapine, slaughter and bought armies...a false president yearning for a kingly succession...
--John Wilkes Booth to his sister at a private home shortly before President Lincoln's reelection in November 1864.
For my parents, Lennart and Dianne Swanson
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The Greatest Manhunt in American History

For 12 days after his brazen assassination of Abraham Lincoln, John Wilkes Booth was at large, and in Manhunt, historian James L. Swanson tells the vivid, fully documented tale of his escape and the wild, massive pursuit. Get a taste of the daily drama from this timeline of the desperate search.

April 14, 1865 Around noon, Booth learns that Lincoln is coming to Ford's Theatre that night. He has eight hours to prepare his plan.
10:15 pm: Booth shoots the president, leaps to the stage, and escapes on a waiting horse.
Secretary of War Edwin Stanton orders the manhunt to begin. April 15 About 4:00 am: Booth seeks treatment for a broken leg at Dr. Samuel Mudd's farm near Beantown, Maryland. Cavalry patrol heads south toward Mudd farm.
Confederate operative Thomas Jones hides Booth in a remote pine thicket for five days, frustrating the manhunters. April 19 Tens of thousands watch the procession to the U.S. Capitol, where President Lincoln lies in state. Wild rumors and stories of false sightings of Booth spread. April 20 Stanton offers a $100,000 reward for the assassins, and threatens death to any citizen who helps them.
After hiding Booth in Maryland, Jones puts him in a rowboat on the Potomac River, bound for Virginia. More than a thousand manhunters are still searching in Maryland. In the dark, Booth rows the wrong way and first ends up back in Maryland. April 20-24 Booth lands in the northern neck of Virginia, and Confederate agents and sympathizers guide him to Port Conway, Virginia. April 24 Booth befriends three Confederate soldiers who help him cross the Rappahannock River to Port Royal and then guide him further southwest to the Garrett farm.
Union troops in Washington receive a report of a Booth sighting. They board a U.S. Navy tug and steam south, right past Booth's hideout at the Garrett farm. April 25 The 16th New York Calvary, realizing their error, turns around and surrounds the Garrett farm after midnight that night. April 26 When Booth refuses to surrender, troops set the barn on fire, and Boston Corbett shoots the assassin. Booth dies a few hours later, at sunrise. April 26-27 Booth's body is brought back to Washington, where it is autopsied, photographed, and buried in a secret grave.

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Dramatically portraying John Wilkes Booth's brutal crime and pulse-pounding escape, Swanson takes listeners on the unrelenting chase for the killer. Having sacrificed his wealth and theatrical legacy for a single bullet, the frantic Booth flees from D.C.'s streets, through Maryland's marshes, and into Virginia's woodlands. Trying to soothe the stunned nation, federal and local authorities launch a manhunt to capture Lincoln's elusive murderer. At the forefront of this pursuit are celebrated Civil War hero Colonel Everton Conger and his New York Cavalry. But on day 12 of this bizarre hunt, what really happens?

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