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The murder of Abraham Lincoln set off the greatest manhunt in American history -- the pursuit and capture of John Wilkes Booth. From April 14 to April 26, 1865, the assassin 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.
Based on rare archival materials and obscure trial transcripts, Manhunt is a fully documented work, but it is also 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.
“Extraordinary . . . Brilliant . . . As gripping as any tightly scripted crime drama”
“Vividly readable example of the you-are-there genre . . . managed with ‘CSI’ immediacy.”
“A gripping page-turner . . . Riviting . . . Booth comes across as viscerally real.”
-Entertainment Weekly (Grade: A)
“Brilliant! Absolutely haunting. . . . This historical book is almost impossible to put down.”
“Told expertly . . . Swanson’s moment by moment account of the 12-day chase is compulsively readable.”
-Wall Street Journal
“James Swanson has written a terrific narrative . . . a triumphant book.”
-Doris Kearns Goodwin
“An action-adventure . . . infuse[d] with high drama. . . . A multifaceted chronicle.”
-New York Times