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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You have to admire a writer who can en How the heck did Swanson manage to make this very jame story so riveting? Swanson points out that Mudd had had contact with Booth in December,in Bryantown Maryland, near the Mudd farm, when the Lincoln kidnap plot was being hatched.

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The actions of the event and those surrounding it are few. Mar 16, Kressel Housman rated it it was amazing Shelves: A few pages later on the wounded Booth is on the porch of the Garrett house and is thirsty.

WeinbergLincoln’s Assassinswas a photographic and archival study of Booth and his co-conspirators. Manhuntt plotting, the conspiracy, the murder. Perhaps not for history buffs, but more for people like me, who got solid Bs in history class because text books are so much less interesting than col There’s something magical about a book that is so thoroughly and meticulously researched, yet reads effortlessly and with great entertainment value.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. John Wilkes was a southern sympathiser during the Civil War. There was material in here that was new to me, namely that the assassination of Lincoln was not the only one planned for the day, or the only one attempted, or that Booth was killed instead of captured, and that there was a group of co-conspirators who were hanged for the offense.


Everyone with a lick of American history learnin’ has heard the story. Mostly though, I am thankful to say, Swansonn hated him as much as he deserved. You get a sense of how the “southern code” and “death before dishonor” really were a way of life for these people rather than Hallmark card sentiments.

Swanson has the lamentable habit of attributing to characters in his story motives that he cannot possibly substantiate. The viewpoint portrayed was of a doctor who followed his professional ethics in setting a leg of a person in need, without being told how the manhuunt occurred. Booth made a thrilling retreat from Names Theatre and then had some narrow escapes before he finally made it to Virginia where he thought that he would be safe The Day Chase for Lincoln’s Killer when I It probably goes without saying by now that any time I delve into historical non-fiction the first thing that occurs to me is how little I know xwanson my own country’s history.

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A careful reading of the text exposes this bold claim as a dubious piece of obfuscation. The conspirators would spend time living in a pine thicket while arranging with sympathizers to cross kanhunt Potomac River into Virginia. Good to the end.

Richmond fell to Union troops, Jefferson Davis was on the run, the government of the Confederacy collapsed, Lincoln was assassinated, and a 12 day manhunt was mmanhunt for his killer, John Wilkes Booth.

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At times it was confusing trying to follow the jamss of five different assassins. Swanson is also very dramatic in his telling of history.

He threw away his fame and wealth for a chance to avenge the South’s defeat. Sep 09, Mariah Roze rated it really liked it. His own writings are really outrageous!

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Many people wish he had never lived, while, Swanson notes, there are those in the South who still celebrate his life. But then the war ended. On page 84 actress Laura Keene is described as a brazen opportunist who ruthlessly insinuates her way into the presidential box for the sole reason of achieving some kind of fame for being a part of history. James used rare archival materials to help him write this book.

Perhaps, it was that by writing large parts of it from Booth’s point of view the story it humanized him and his suffering in a way that made me uncomfortable. I really liked this book a lot. This book is so well written that it swoops you up into the excitement and blood-pumping emotions of the aftermath of Lincoln’s assassination. Also fascinating for me were the secondary characters who were drawn so clearly in the narrative–especially Sgt.

He has held a number of government and think-tank posts in Washington, D.