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.

Author: Nakazahn Zulugore
Country: Guinea
Language: English (Spanish)
Genre: Career
Published (Last): 20 January 2012
Pages: 95
PDF File Size: 20.92 Mb
ePub File Size: 8.42 Mb
ISBN: 686-9-97657-186-7
Downloads: 66341
Price: Free* [*Free Regsitration Required]
Uploader: Tojalmaran

It’s so easy to make history feel stuffy and dry, but this book is far from it. However, I liked this book.

Join Kobo & start eReading today

Booth, a noted actor in his time and a member of a famous theatrical family, takes center stage, with Swanson offering a nearly heartfelt portrait of the man’s personal charisma and the fanatical devotion to the Southern cause that drove him to his deadly deed. The only dramatic ssanson of the killing was Booth’s shooting Lincoln and then running across the stage. And speaking of distorted moral values, this reviewer was disturbed by Swanson’s obvious and inappropriate infatuated sympathy with the murderer John Wilkes Booth.

To say that Manhunt is superfluous under the circumstances would be too much of a kindness. Aug 29, Matt Chittum rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: It’s possible that Booth could have been captured alive there, Herold did surrenderbut he knew by then he was in the last act of his own tragedy.

Sep 02, Saleh MoonWalker awanson it really liked it Shelves: I manhynt this author and I’m trying to read every book by him, so of course I needed to read this one and I am so glad I did.


And its heavy on the dramatic interpretation as Swanon said. Oct 03, Ryan Evans rated it it was amazing Shelves: In his own mind he thought he was doing the right thing.

And I admit it: Barbarians at the Gate. 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 about my own country’s history. Booth was an actor so Swanson kept making remarks about playing a part and drawing his last breath on the stage of life, and it started to drive me crazy!

View all 4 comments. Mar 16, Kressel Housman rated it it was amazing Shelves: It’s simply too intriguing to be history. 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.

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.

The actions of the event and those surrounding it are few.

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

Oct 22, Sara rated it liked it Shelves: A careful reading of the text exposes this bold claim as a dubious piece of obfuscation. It was fantastic swansoon I suggest it to everyone! It appears that in Swanson’s estimation, bringing a pitcher of water to the side of an assassinated president is opportunistic, but stealing property from a dead murderer and tampering with evidence is a romantic adventure.


Lee had surrendered Confederate forces and the South’s capital of Richmond had been captured. Duel with the Devil. While the book is impeccably researched and stays true to its detailed coverage of Booth and his young assistant, it does struggle to maintain consistent threads on the other co-conspirators.

Manhunt by James L. Swanson – Review | BookPage | BookPage

Swanson gives us a beautifully detailed blow-by-blow of the actions that took place before, during and after the killing.

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

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. Swanson obviously is fascinated by this topic, and it comes through in his narrative. In reading it, I kept feeling it was like listening to a really pure and beautiful soprano who hits those perfect notes that always give you a headache and make you wince. Of course, it’s nonfiction, but it reads like a high intensity, suspenseful, thrilling novel.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read.