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Manhunt

The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln's Killer

by James L. Swanson

Manhunt
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    Feb 2006, 448 pages
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    Feb 2007, 496 pages

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Pure narrative pleasure, sure to satisfy the casual reader and Civil War aficionado alike. History

From the book jacket: 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.

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