Review: Swanson’s Manhunt

Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln’s Killer (P.S.)
James Swanson

I am an American male who has reached middle age. This means I must read at least one civil war related book a year for the next twenty-five years. This year, I read this gripping account of Lincoln’s assassination, the flight of his killers, and their eventual capture. Its captivating stuff told with a scholars attention to detail but in the moment by moment style of a page-turner.

Swanson is also an interesting guy. He was for a number of years a justice department lawyer and a very serious amateur Lincoln scholar. I love the serious amateur scholar, and am amazed at how well versed he is in the history of the assassination (and apparently how much he owns that is connected to it). I love writers like this, and books like this, I wish there were more of them.

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