* * * * *. History. So you know who did it; this is not a mystery book. It's a thriller. How do you catch an assassin using 19th century tactics? Not easily. Think '24' meets 'The Fugitive'. The pages will fly, which is surprising given how unsurprising the conclusion will be. This is a well researched book that places you right there, right down to the gruesome examinations and analysis of the 19th century doctors. Highly recommended.
The murder of Abraham Lincoln set off the greates manhung in Amercian history. This is the gripping account of the wild twelve day chase of John Wilkes Booth, told through the eyes of the Union calalry, detectives, and the hunted.
This is a story that everyone knows, but they don't know the details. This book provides all those details of the crime, and the hunt for the assassin. It tells of his accomplices and their other victims. It was interesting enough, that I'll probably want to read it again.
this book is a history lovers delight. i learned more from this book than any history class i've been in! it starts in the days prior to the assasination and how Booth planned everything. the book then goes into the chase for him. It spend a lot of time on how Booth hid and was taken care of by Southern sympathizers. it is a good read!
I brought this book on vacation with some girlfriends and was promptly teased for my choice of a "light summer read". HA! While this is definitely heavy material, it is written in such a way that it honestly feels more novel-like than historical. It was truly gripping! I can't wait to do the tours of Dr. Mudd's house, the Surratt house and Ford's Theatre again.
Historically interesting true crime story that changed the path of our nation. Who knows how things would have turned out should Lincoln have served his full term in office? Great details, great drama.
Very well-researched and fascinating book about Lincoln's murder and the hunt for Booth. I appreciate Swanson setting right once and for all the mythology about Samuel Mudd, who was anything but an innocent country doctor.
With the 150th anniversary of the Civil War upon us and living in Maryland, this was a very timely book. Swanson's writing takes you back to the 19th century, incorporating both the politics and the drama of the period.