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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,198 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James L. Swanson Narrator: Richard Thoma Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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On the morning of April 2, 1865, Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederacy, received a telegram from General Robert E. Lee. There is no more time—the Yankees are coming, it warned. Shortly before midnight, Davis fled the capital, setting off an intense and thrilling chase in which Union cavalry hunted the Confederate president.

Two weeks later, President Lincoln was assassinated, and the nation was convinced that Davis was involved in the conspiracy that led to the crime. To the Union, Davis was no longer merely a traitor. He became a murderer, a wanted man with a one-hundred-thousand-dollar bounty on his head. Davis was hunted down and placed in captivity, the beginning of an intense and dramatic odyssey that would transform him into a martyr of the South's Lost Cause. Meanwhile, Lincoln's final journey began when soldiers placed his corpse aboard a special train that would carry the fallen president through the largest and most magnificent funeral pageant in American history.

The saga that began with Manhunt continues with the suspenseful and electrifying Bloody Crimes. James Swanson masterfully weaves together the stories of two fallen leaders as they made their last expeditions through the bloody landscape of a wounded nation.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A haunting masterpiece. James Swanson has written a thrilling book of death and longing, of defeat and resurrection.”

    Harlan Coben, #1 New York Times bestselling author

  • “James Swanson is a giant. With his instant classic Manhunt, and its triumphant follow up Bloody Crimes, Swanson proves beyond all doubt that he is a master of historical true-crime epic…Bloody Crimes is irresistibly captivating. I highly recommend it.”

    Vincent Bugliosi, New York Times bestselling author

  • “With the publication of Bloody Crimes, James L. Swanson emerges as one of America’s greatest historians. Swanson recounts the closing drama of the Civil War with hair-raising precision and the vivid narrative drive of a top-tier novelist. A grand tour de force!”

    Douglas Brinkley, New York Times bestselling author

  • “James Swanson has done it again. Bloody Crimes is a moving, evocative trip back in time to the tumultuous spring of 1865. Swanson’s meticulous research and sparkling prose make it an essential companion to his award winning bestseller, Manhunt.”

    Michael Burlingame, author of Abraham Lincoln: A Life

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • An Amazon Best Book of the Month, October 2010
  • A Publishers Weekly Bestseller
  • A Wall Street Journal Bestseller
  • A Washington Post Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by John Price | 1/20/2014

    " Well written and enjoyable book. I recommend this one to those who enjoy reading about our civil war. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Anne | 1/12/2014

    " I loved Swanson's previous title, Manhunt. Bloody Crimes is well-written and a very interesting look at Lincoln's death and subsequent funeral and transport back to Illinois. It also alternates the story by tracking the flight of Confederate president Jefferson Davis. The stories are interesting and included a fair amount of information I had not read before. Bloody Crimes lacks the intensity and drama of Manhunt, but Swanson still is a very good storyteller. I recommend it for history buffs, Civil War in particular. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jacqueline | 1/9/2014

    " An enthralling audio book that tells the stories of Jefferson Davis and Abraham Lincoln with style and grace. I gained a lot more respect for Davis then I had before and learned a few things about Lincoln I didn't know. It made me want to go back and listen to Manhunt to fill in the gaps of the story only hinted at here. Richard Thomas did a decent job as the narrator though it was a very dry reading of the book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Spence | 1/9/2014

    " So I loved the first book by Mr Swanson so I was so excited for this one. It was very slow and the content just wasn't very interesting to me. I was good to know a little more about Jefferson Davis but outside of that nothing to great. "

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