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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We know that Abraham Lincoln was elevated from great leader to folk hero by the manner of his death. Mudd set Booth’s broken leg and arranged for a local carpenter to build a set of crutches; both fugitives rested at the Mudd home over night and left the following day.

From April 14 to April 26,the assassin led Union caval A fascinating tale of murder, intrigue, and betrayal.

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Want to Read saving…. Even though I knew the story, I was captivated by the narrative and the interactions among the major characters.

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 jamea for being a part of history. Much of what I thought I knew was incorrect. It probably goes without saying by now that any time I delve into historical non-fiction the first thing that occurs to manhung is how little I know about my own country’s history.


This book solidly succeeds in the genre of works that promise to be of compelling reading to the non-history-minded reader while being based on solid historical research. Such is mwnhunt disdain of neatly wrapped endings. A gripping hour-by-hour account told through the eyes of the hunted and the hunters, this is history as you’ve jamew read it before. They were found guilty for their association with Booth in a military tribunal.

Oct 24, Will Byrnes rated it liked it Shelves: Edgar Award for Best Fact Crime 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. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Mudd was later arrested, tried and convicted of conspiracy for aiding Lincoln’s conspirators.

There’s the evening of the president’s assassination as well as that of some of his cabinet members, and then it’s jaames a search for the killer s for a few days and finally a quick shoot out. This was positively Shakespearean. Feb 04, Christopher rated it swansonn liked it Shelves: I appreciate the accounts were taken from primary sources, newspapers and other research – for that reason I have more manhuunt in the intrepretation by Swanson.

The Taking of Pelham Instead, Swanson portrays Lucinda Holloway as a tragic and romantic heroine, giving comfort to the misguided assassin in his last moments. I was reading the chapter where Booth is about to shoot Lincoln and I found myself sitting tensely in the chair with the book close to my face and hurredly turning the pages to find out if he gets away with it, or does he get caught!



This is an excerpt jqmes a review published in Bookmarks magazine. You have to admire a writer who can enliven dusty old history, like Frankenstein animating a corpse. Furthermore, there is no conceivable reason for glossing over this important detail except to make the story somehow more dramatic. If it weren’t for the central tragedy, this would almost be a farce.

Also fascinating for me were the secondary characters who were drawn so clearly in the narrative–especially Sgt. The author gives a blow-by-blow account of the physical movements of Lincoln’s murderer in the days immediately prior to and swannson the assassination, and of the men sent to find him.

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Mannunt times it was confusing trying to follow the flights of five different assassins. 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”.

It goes into details of the manhunt that I was not aware of before. Paperbackpages.

He was still arrested and sentenced to life in prison. A professional actor, he was at least as motivated by the desire for fame and glory as ideology. I find nothing about Booth’s actions or course noble.