Manhunt: The Twelve-Day Chase for [Abraham] Lincoln's Killer
by Swanson, James L.
xiv, 448 pp. 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. At the very center of this story is John Wilkes Booth, America's notorious villain. A Confederate sympathizer and a member of a celebrated acting family, Booth threw away his fame and wealth for a chance to avenge the South's defeat. For almost two weeks, he confounded the manhunters, slipping away from their every move and denying them the justice they sought. Based on rare archival materials, obscure trial transcripts, and Lincoln's own blood relics, 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.'
Keywords: AMERICAN HISTORY ASSASSINATION ABRAHAM LINCOLN PRESIDENT JOHN WILKES BOOTH Lacks jacket. Sticker on rear endpaper. William Morrow / Harper Collins, 2009. 6th Printing. Near Fine/No Jacket - Pictorial Cover. (Inventory #: 2179725)
Literature, American & Military History, General Antiquarian
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