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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So, I would definitely recommend this book. At first he was planning on just kidnapping Lincoln. You can remove the unavailable item s now or we’ll automatically remove it at Checkout. Oct 03, Ryan Evans rated it it was amazing Shelves: Swanson serves on the advisory council of the Ford’s Theatre Society.

Such is history’s disdain of neatly wrapped endings. Thanks for telling us about the problem. I honestly feel a more intimate connection with our nation’s history after reading about this particular troubling episode. His was an attack whose ultimate goal was to keep the black man in bondage.

Swanson points out that Mudd had had contact with Booth in December,in Bryantown Maryland, near the Mudd swnason, when the Lincoln kidnap plot was being hatched.

MANHUNT by James L. Swanson | Kirkus Reviews

Moreover, there is an effort throughout the book to straddle the line between how the North and South Such a man does not deserve death at the hand of a coward. And since Booth was an actor, the Shakespearian allu I suggest reading “Manhunt” backwards.


Read this book for a fascinating manhunf into the midth century, not for the writing. An Army at Dawn. In Manhunt, James Swanson has written an incredible book taking the reader through the days before the assassination to the capture, killing and burial of Booth, to the trial, imprisonment, and execution of co-conspirators, to t April was one of the most momentous months in American history.


Fascinating, in-depth look at the days between the assassination of Abraham Lincoln and the death of his assassin, John Wilkes Booth. I don’t buy Booth as either a hero or anti-hero and so the central narrative of his flight kept missing the mark.

Did I just wish that the murderer of one of the only presidents of the United States with a respectable beard would get off free of scot? This audiobook can be listened to on: There’s something magical about a book that is so thoroughly and meticulously researched, yet reads effortlessly and with great entertainment value.

It even made me think he didn’t like Lincoln that swanosn. I highly recommend this book, along with Assassination Vacation for starters. I can’t say I understand aiding and abetting the dude who shot Lincoln but I get why some of these people thought it was the right thing to do.

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A history book that truly reads like a novel. After thinking about it a whil Okay, so I liked this book and there was a lot of new and interesting information.


Also jailed, for a time, was Ford’s owner, John T. And now that I’ve lived in DC for about 4 years, I found it fascinating how Swanson could transport me back years. Also, on page when Booth is shot and captured, David Herold attempts to maintain Booth’s alias by insisting his name is Boyd and Swanson characterizes the ruse as “In captivity, the assassin’s disciple denied him thrice”. All that stands in stark contrast to the barricades on Pennsylvania Avenue today. Their are myriad reasons he was one of the best presidents this country has seen.

Granted the book isn’t riveting from start to finish. Swanson seems perfectly comfortable with his portrayal of Holloway as a romantic heroine even when in the next paragraph she interferes with the investigation by stealing the dead actor’s field glasses.

Swanson and Daniel R. Feb 04, Christopher rated it really liked it Shelves: Want to Read Currently Reading Read. At times it was confusing trying to follow the flights of five different assassins.

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