Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln's Killer

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An enthralling hour-by-hour account of the twelve days in 1865 between President Abraham Lincoln's assassination and the capture and death of his murderer, John Wilkes Booth. From 14th to 26th of April 1865, the hunt for Booth and his accomplices transfixed, thrilled and horrified a nation of mourners as Booth led the army on a wild chase through the swamps of Maryland and into the forests of Virginia. At the centre of the story is the ultimate anti-hero: John Wilkes Booth. A handsome stage actor, Booth was as famous in his day as any big Hollywood star today, but threw away his fame and wealth for an assassin's immortality. Manhunt tells the dramatic story through the eyes of the hunters and the hunters - and makes clear why Booth refused to be taken alive when at last he was cornered by the US cavalry.

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"James Swanson has written a terrific narrative . . . a triumphant book."--Doris Kearns Goodwin

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James L Swanson has studied and collected books, documents and artefacts connected with Abraham Lincoln's life and death since he was ten years old; Manhunt is the culmination of a lifetime's research and the author's own personal Lincoln library. He lives in the United States.

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Book Description William Morrow Company, United States, 2006. Hardback. Book Condition: New. New.. 236 x 155 mm. Language: English . Brand New Book. 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. Bookseller Inventory # AAS9780060518493

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