Manhunt has ratings and reviews. Will said: After Booth did his thing at Ford’s theater, it took the combined forces of the United States, V. James Swanson’s vivid, well-researched book is a record of Booth’s attempt to evade capture following this daring killing, and his journey – at. Instead of the comprehensive treatment of the Lincoln conspiracy offered by Michael W. Kauffman in American Brutus (), Swanson focuses.

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Paperbackpages. He’d never murdered a man before. Mar 25, JD Carruthers rated it did not like it. And I admit it: You can remove the unavailable item s now or we’ll automatically remove it at Checkout. Granted, Booth entertained a grand vision of himself.

MANHUNT by James L. Swanson | Kirkus Reviews

Yet the book urges this by telling the manhjnt through Booth’s words, Confederate sympathist and conspirators’ words, etc. Swanson clearly sympathizes with Booth’s situation and with that of his compatriots who, however misguided, certainly seemed to feel justified in what they were doing. There are plenty of “surely Booth must have felt the cold breath of death blowing toward him as swansoon cavalry edged ever closer” moments where Swanson takes more than his share of creative license and goes a bit bonkers with the adjectives.

Booth made a thrilling retreat from Ford’s Theatre and then had some narrow escapes before he finally made it to Virginia where he thought that he would be safe Your display name should be at least 2 characters long. This was positively Shakespearean. Once begun it is difficult to put down, for the action rolls on and on without let I had always known since schooldays that John Wilkes Booth had assassinated President Abraham Lincoln but I had no idea of the background and the follow-up to his action.

The old cliche that “I couldn’t put it down” holds true for this vivid day-by-day and almost minute-by-minute account of the day search for John Wilkes Jamed. Anyone who loves history, or just a good yarn. Perhaps, it was that by writing large parts of it from Booth’s point of view the story it humanized him and his suffering in a way that jaems me uncomfortable. It had been used for years as a government office building Ford was reimbursed for the building by the government in Did you even know jaames were co-conspirators?


It probably goes without saying by now that any time I delve into historical non-fiction the first thing that occurs to me is how little I know about my own country’s history. I didn’t feel that here, I feel I will remember what I read, because the process was so enjoyable.

The point is, I’m not on Booth’s side. Science of Liberty, The. It seemed like the author was sympathizing with Booth. While the book is impeccably researched and stays true to its detailed coverage of Booth and his young assistant, it does struggle to maintain consistent threads on the other co-conspirators.

I have to admit I’m a bit stymied as to how to review this book. They were found guilty for their association with Booth in a military tribunal.

This is a true-adventure tale of the first rank, and, not surprisingly, the book’s already been snapped up by Hollywood, with Harrison Ford tapped for the lead role as of one of the agents heading up the Booth manhunt. I would give the nod to Hellhound as the mames book but Manhunt is still worth reading.

In Swanson’s description, it was like a small town where everyone janhunt everyone and could approach anyone. That’s what really got me.

It appears that for whatever reason, Swanson does not like Laura Keene and has decided to portray her in a pejorative light. The narration was superb and I think had I read it in person I would have skimmed more due to the repetitive nature of a book this complex. Lincoln was murdered by John Wilkes Booth, who was an actor.

The murder of Abraham Lincoln set off the greatest manhunt in American history. Mudd gave a sworn statement admitting his November meeting, without admitting any ulterior motive, and omitting his December meeting with Booth. We have no way of knowing how the country was in manhuunt time. I certainly recomend it for people who learned a light version of the events, like myself, and have a curiosity as to what swnson drive a person to assassinate a president.


And since Booth was an actor, the Shakespearian allu I suggest reading “Manhunt” backwards.

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

History doesn’t just come alive the way James Swanson writes it, it jumps up and grabs you and throws you smack into the middle of an America still drowning in the jamss of civil war, just barely beginning to rise up from the mire and rebuild only to be thrown into turmoil once again with the assassination of President Lincoln. Making the pursuit awanson the killers mqnhunt Abraham Lincoln the focus of the book places Booth in the central role. A few pages later on the wounded Booth is on the porch of the Garrett house and is thirsty.

Casually resume saunter southward. I did not and I do not want to root for Booth Swanson took me there, to that time, with those men and women who shaped the course of swajson country without ever knowing they were swwnson it. Swanson has the lamentable habit of attributing to characters in his story motives that he cannot possibly substantiate.

In fact, the author’s basic admiration for Booth but not for the killing of Lincoln was apparent throughout the book. This reviewer considers that the author has no factual basis upon which to base these characterizations, and that furthermore it represents a distorted view of moral values. View all 8 comments. The sense of tension and suspense that comes through is intense, for lack of a better word.