The intensely researched account of the hunt for John Wilkes Booth is a thrill ride. You're guaranteed to learn a lot. American history written with all the drama of a Hollywood movie. — Chris Linendoll
Nursing a broken leg, racist grievances, sorrow for the ruined Confederacy, and hatred of the man he assassinated, John Wilkes Booth cowers and stumbles toward his doom. Swanson's well-researched account evokes Booth's travails in a country reeling from war and far from reunited. — Mike Hare
The murder of Abraham Lincoln set off the greatest manhunt in American history. From April 14 to April 26, 1865, the assassin, John Wilkes Booth, led Union cavalry and detectives on a wild twelve-day chase through the streets of Washington, D.C., across the swamps of Maryland, and into the forests of Virginia, while the nation, still reeling from the just-ended Civil War, watched in horror and sadness.
James L. Swanson's Manhunt is a fascinating tale of murder, intrigue, and betrayal. A gripping hour-by-hour account told through the eyes of the hunted and the hunters, this is history as you've never read it before.
James Swanson is the Edgar Award-winning author of the New York Times bestsellers Manhunt and its sequel, Bloody Crimes.