Manhunt has ratings and reviews. Will said: After Booth did his thing at Ford’s theater, it took the combined forces of the United States, V. James Swanson’s vivid, well-researched book is a record of Booth’s attempt to evade capture following this daring killing, and his journey – at. Instead of the comprehensive treatment of the Lincoln conspiracy offered by Michael W. Kauffman in American Brutus (), Swanson focuses.

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I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention that Swanson has a tendency toward the dramatic which is somewhat fitting given his subject but “humanizing” historical subjects goes a long way toward making them, well, human.

Their Trial and Execution by James L. Mar 01, Michael rated it liked it.

Instead, Swanson portrays Lucinda Holloway as a tragic and romantic heroine, giving comfort to the misguided assassin in his last moments. It is no secret that the book no sooner took its place on the best-seller list than speculation began spreading about who would play the parts of the characters in a movie based on it.


August 9, Imprint: He was released after thirty-nine days, but Stanton ordered his theater confiscated and its interior gutted. Swanson’s preference for florid melodrama and casual disregard for accuracy in detail ruins the book for any mwnhunt student of Lincoln history. View all 6 comments. But then the war ended. There is so much that happened after the attacks, and Swanson is up to the task of keeping us glued to the pages as Booth slipped out of a Washington still guarded by military sentries and made a run on horseback, with his young associate David Herold toward Virginia.

MANHUNT by James L. Swanson | Kirkus Reviews

Of course, it was what happened to Lincoln that spoiled that small town intimacy, and all the trust that went with it. It appears that for whatever reason, Swanson does not like Laura Keene and has decided to portray her in a pejorative light. I love the story of a fugitive, and I found myself rooting for Booth. The marvelous restoration of Ford’s Theater in the ‘s meticulously reproduces the theater’s appearance from the night Lincoln was killed.

Book reviews Manhunt James L. I appreciate the accounts were taken from primary sources, newspapers and other research – for that reason I have more confidence in the intrepretation by Swanson. Feb 08, Terry Lucas rated it it was amazing. This is a book about the hunt for Lincoln’s killer so its understandable that Swanson doesn’t really get into the why’s and wherefore’s that led up to the assassination or really even what went into the conspiracy that bound all these people together still I couldn’t help wanting a little more of a sense of how these men and women were bound to each other on a personal level.


I was impressed by James Swanson’s book, Manhunt: Swanson Narrated by Jonathan Davis. About this title Audio Format. If you are more interested in the motivations that would drive someone to assassinate a president, or in the historical milieu in which this heinous event occurred, you would do much better to pick up “My Thoughts Be Bloody” by Nora Titone, one of the best books I have ever read on any subject bar none.

Born on Lincoln’s birthday, he has studied and collected books, documents, photographs, art, and artifacts from Abraham Lincoln’s life—and death—since he was ten years old. Booth made a thrilling retreat from Ford’s Theatre and then had some narrow escapes before he finally made it to Virginia where he thought that he would be safe Lee had surrendered Confederate forces and the South’s capital of Richmond had been captured.

Improbable Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, The. Swanson relates many details of how this story only gets more interesting with age. I’m honestly impressed how the author kept the pace up almost through out. Once begun it is difficult to put down, for the action rolls on and on without let I had always known since schooldays that John Wilkes Booth had assassinated President Abraham Lincoln but I had no idea of the background and the follow-up to his action.

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Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln’s Killer

Public displays of triumph and relief of the end of the war were being held throughout the North, while southerners were left to think about their fate. Continue shopping Checkout Continue shopping. On the other hand, Lucinda Holloway who ministered to the mortally wounded Booth on the porch of the Garrett farm receives favorable treatment. The characterizations are far from wooden and revealed information I wasn’t aware of it The plotting, the conspiracy, the murder. History doesn’t just come alive the way James Swanson writes it, it jumps up and grabs you and throws you smack into the middle of an America still drowning in the chaos of civil war, just barely beginning to rise up from the mire and rebuild only to be thrown into turmoil once again with the assassination of President Lincoln.


Bound for the Promised Land. Swanson is also very dramatic in his telling of history. People would call to Lincoln from the White House lawn, and he would swanzon a window and give a quick speech. How the heck did Swanson manage to make this very well-known story so swansoj Here it says the book is pages but I’m holding the book in my hand and to me it seems like it should read the book is swwnson does anyone else notice this?

BookPage review by Martin Brady. I do not know if anyone else has picked that option up. WeinbergLincoln’s Assassinswas a photographic and archival study of Booth and his co. Swanson provides biographical background on Booth, as the upcoming popular actor son of the century’s most famous actor, Junius Brutus Booth. These deceptions were enough to convict him of conspiracy; Swanson doesn’t buy the revisionist version of events from the Mudd family.

Manhunt: The Day Chase for Lincoln’s Killer by James L. Swanson

In the notes Swanson admits that the letter he quotes was not the original since it was destroyed but rather a recreation based on Matthew’s recollection and based in part on the manifesto in Booth’s diary. Grant had a foreboding feeling and left Washington the afternoon before Lincoln’s murder. While reading this book I made notes of a number of other shortcomings in the text, such as on page where Swanson describes Booth holding his pistols in his hands and then contradicts himself a paragraph later by writing that he is reaching for his holstered pistols.

Amazingly to me, Booth only carried a one-shot Deringer.

Granted, Booth entertained a grand vision of himself.