Book Club Kit: Manhunt

James L Swanson - ManhuntManhunt: The Twelve-Day Chase for Lincoln’s Killer
by James L Swanson
First Published: 2006
7 Copies & Reading Guide

The murder of Abraham Lincoln set off the greatest manhunt in American history. 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. A Confederate sympathizer and a member of a celebrated acting family, John Wilkes Booth threw away his fame and wealth for a chance to avenge the South’s defeat. Based on rare archival materials, obscure trial transcripts, and Lincoln’s own blood relics, this book is a fully documented work, but it is also a tale of murder, intrigue, and betrayal, an hour-by-hour account told through the eyes of the hunted and the hunters.

Reading Guide:
HarperCollins – Includes an Author Biography and Discussion Questions.
LitLovers – Includes an Author Bio, Brief Reviews, and Discussion Questions.

The New York Times – “Pursuing a Famed Assassin at a Screenplay-Style Pace” by Janet Maslin
CNN – “Review: In Search of Lincoln’s Assassin” by L.D. Meagher
The Independent (UK) – Review by Paul Owen

More by James L. Swanson:
Lincoln’s Assassins: Their Trial and Execution: An Illustrated History
Chasing Linocln’s Killer (YA version of Manhunt)
Bloody Crimes: The Chase for Jefferson Davis and the Death Pageant for Lincoln’s Corpse

More about the Civil War and Abraham Lincoln:
Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin
Confederates in the Attic: Dispatches from the Unfinished Civil War by Tony Horwitz
The Civil War [Documentary] by Ken Burns
The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery by Eric Foner
Killer Angels by Michael Shaara


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