Mark’s #4 – Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln’s Killer by James L. Swanson (448 pages)

“The murder of Abraham Lincoln set off the greatest manhunt in American history – the pursuit and capture of John Wilkes Booth.”

I picked up this book when I saw that it was on the top-ten list of books read in 2009 by several other bloggers I follow.  This book on history reads like a fast paced novel.  Swanson does a great job of showing so many of the fascinating details surrounding the events leading up to Lincoln’s assasination, his final hours of life, and the flight southward by John Wilkes Booth.  I had no idea that Booth had been on the run at all, let alone 12 days.  I was also shocked at the lack of security for the President, especially during a time of war.

I think most people would find this book very engaging and worthwhile – I did.

4.5 Stars.

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