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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (11,483 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James L. Swanson Narrator: Richard Thomas Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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 troops on a wild, twelve-day chase from the streets of Washington, D.C., across the swamps of Maryland, and into the forests of Virginia.

At the very center of this story is John Wilkes Booth, Americas notorious villain. A confederate sympathizer and member of a celebrated acting family, Booth threw away his fame, wealth, and promise for a chance to avenge the Souths defeat. For almost two weeks, he confounded the manhunters, slipping away from their every move and denying the justice they sought.

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 youve never read it before.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “James Swanson has written a terrific narrative…a triumphant book.”

    Doris Kearns Goodwin. #1 New York Times bestselling author of Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln

  • “Brilliant! Absolutely haunting…This historical book is almost impossible to put down.”

    Patricia Cornwell, bestselling author

  • “An action-adventure…infuse[d] with high drama…A multifaceted chronicle.”

    New York Times

  • “Told expertly…Swanson’s moment by moment account of the 12-day chase is compulsively readable.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “A gripping page-turner…Riveting…Booth comes across as viscerally real. Grade: A.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “Extraordinary…Brilliant…As gripping as any tightly scripted crime drama.”

    Boston Globe

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • Winner of the 2007 Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Fact Crime
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • A 2007 Audie Award Finalist

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Becki | 1/30/2014

    " As a former history major who still devours nonfiction with a focus on U.S. history, I've read a lot of books on Lincoln. I mean, a lot. Yet none had the attention to detail in regard to the assassination as 'Manhunt.' I think I gave this one a 5 star instead of a 4 because I work in DC in a building that is behind the Petersen House. I walk the streets mentioned in the book very day, and it gave me the unique ability to see exactly where Booth and the other conspirators walked and rode that night in my minds eye as I read. I know exactly how long it takes to walk from The Willard (now the W) to the White House or to the Theater. I walk down F every day. I've been to Southern Maryland and been to Mudd's house (where they still preach that he didn't know who his visitors were, but we know he wasn't telling the truth...) it gave this reading experience the push it needed for the story to come alive in my head, but that's also thanks to the meticulous attention to detail and research in the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Laura Ware | 1/27/2014

    " An enthralling read about Lincoln's assassination and the search for John Wilkes Booth. If you are interested in this period of history, it is a must read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Alison | 1/25/2014

    " As the title suggests, this history portrays the days and weeks following Lincoln's assassination. Not being a big history buff, I was entirely unaware of some of the plotting that surrounded Lincoln in the later days of the Civil War, nor how little plotting surrounded the actual assassination. Interesting history that reads like a novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kelsey | 1/6/2014

    " I'm always amazed how little I know (or remember) about US history. The story of John Wilkes Booth's escape and manhunt was a fascinating read, and I learned so much about the details surrounding the assassination of Lincoln that I never knew. Swanson included an amazing level of detail taken from journals, telegrams, letters, and first-hand accounts. His writing style was a bit dramatic at times, and I didn't always care for his speculations. But both of those details were easy to overlook. I visited Ford Theater and the Peterson House last fall and wish I would have read this book first! "

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