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NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author James Swanson delivers a riveting account of the chase for Abraham Lincoln's assassin.

Based on rare archival material, obscure trial manuscripts, and interviews with relatives of the conspirators and the manhunters, CHASING LINCOLN'S KILLER is a fast-paced thriller about the pursuit and capture of John Wilkes Booth: a wild twelve-day chase through the streets of Washington, D.C., across the swamps of Maryland, and into the forests of Virginia.

Biographie de l'auteur

James L. Swanson has written for a variety of publications, including the Wall Street Journal and the Los Angeles Times. He is the coauthor of LINCOLN’S ASSASSINS: THEIR TRIAL AND EXECUTION, and he is a member of the advisory committee of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission. Mr. Swanson is an attorney and has held a number of government and think-tank posts in Washington, D.C.


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  • Relié: 208 pages
  • Editeur : Scholastic Press; Édition : 1 (1 février 2009)
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 0545204704
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439903547
  • ASIN: 0439903548
  • Dimensions du produit: 2,5 x 15,2 x 22,2 cm
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CHASING LINCOLN'S KILLER is a third-person narrative about the events that happened on that fateful night of April 14, 1865.

The story follows John Wilkes Booth, the assassin of President Abraham Lincoln, through his planning and committing of the murder and then through his flight from Washington, D.C,. to safety in the south.

With this book, the reader learns of both Booth's struggles and of the lucky breaks he received in the actual action of killing the beloved President of the United States. The reader also learns of events that took place following the assassination.

James Swanson writes an intriguing non-fiction story. In the Note to the Reader, the author states that every event in the book is factual and that all of the quotes are taken from letters, manuscripts, newspapers, and other sources. No quote is produced by the author.

For anyone wanting to know the facts about the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, this book is exactly what is needed. For teenagers, CHASING LINCOLN'S KILLER is more helpful and interesting than anything your history textbook could tell you about James Wilkes Booth and his successful assassination of President Lincoln.

Reviewed by: Steph
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Six Stars for This Book! 25 octobre 2008
Par Eileen Cunningham - Publié sur Amazon.com
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If any historical account for youth should get six stars, it is *Chasing Lincoln's Killer* by James Swanson. Written for ages 12 and up, this book moves at a quick pace and is chock-full of details that I had never seen before, my introduction to the subject having been a *You Are There* account of John Wilkes Booth by Walter Cronkite in the 1950s. Teachers, students, and homeschoolers will find this a valuable illustrated resource. Swanson has done a great job of making this historical account read like a novel. It includes dialogue, but all words and sentences in quotation marks are the actual words of eyewitnesses and participants whose works served as primary sources for this book. Atmosphere is included, but only that which would be apparent to a writer who put himself into the scene to imagine it. For example, the smells inside Surratt's tavern are listed as "wax, candles, oil lamps, tobacco, burning stove wood, whiskey, dirty clothes, and leather boots"--realistic details that help readers to place themselves in the company of the fleeing Booth and co-conspirator David Herold. Another plus is that Swanson does not take cheap shots at Mary Todd Lincoln or Boston Corbett, whose personal quirks are often used as grist for writers about Lincoln. Published by Scholastic Press, the book has ancillaries including a reading group activity guide, an educational poster, and downloadable activities on the publisher's web site. This book will grab the attention of any reader and spark interest in this great historical event. I myself am motivated now to read Swanson's New York Times bestseller, *Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln's Killer* on which *Chasing Lincoln's Killer* is based.
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History comes alive in a book which reads like a novel 13 novembre 2008
Par Anne Masterson - Publié sur Amazon.com
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"Chasing Lincoln's Killer" is an adaptation of James L. Swanson's book "Manhunt" for young adults. Although I am far from a young adult, I enjoyed it so much I ordered the adult version.

As we all learned in basic history class, Abraham Lincoln was shot at the Ford Theater by John Wilkes Booth. What I (and I daresay many others) didn't know was there was a significant conspiracy to take down the entire government which was also supposed to happen that fateful evening. The author explains this in such a fascinating way it reads like a novel. Then, after the assisination the hunt is on for Booth and the others.

This book is listed for ages twelve and up and I would heed that as there are someone graphic depictions of the wounds suffered by Lincoln and their subsequent treatment.
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History Brought To Life 15 novembre 2008
Par W. C HALL - Publié sur Amazon.com
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In "Chasing Lincoln's Killer," James Swanson vividly brings to life one of the saddest and most dramatic episodes in the history of the United States--the assassination of Abraham Lincoln and the 12-day search for his killer, John Wilkes Booth. Swanson, who has been fascinated by Lincoln since childhood, told this story in "Manhunt," a New York Times bestseller, and he's now used his extensive research to retell the story for a younger audience. This book is aimed at the young adult (middle and high school) audience, but could serve as a great introduction to this story for readers of any age. The book is generously illustrated with period photos, drawings and artifacts, which work with Swanson's dramatic narrative to bring the events of April 1865 to life for the reader. -William C. Hall
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History comes to life 5 novembre 2008
Par Jeanne Tassotto - Publié sur Amazon.com
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The target audience for this adaption of MANHUNT is listed as 7th grade and up. That 'and up' goes quite a way up - this reviewer has a Bachelor and most of a Master degree in history and learned many things about this tragic chapter in US history. Swanson covers the subject from the days leading up to the assassination to the capture and trials of the conspirators.

The factors leading up to the event, personalities and motivations of those involved and the final fates of many of the major figures are all covered in a clear, easy to read and understand manner. That is not to say however, that this is in any way a 'dumbed down' version. Swanson has given this the same meticulous attention to detail and scholarship that marks his work intended for adult readers. There are numerous illustrations, photographs of those involved, reproductions of newspaper accounts, broadsides etc that bring the written text to life. Additionally there is a convenient list at the beginning of the book of all those involved, quite helpful for classes who will be reading the book over a period of several days.

This book could be given to a student who is particularly interested in this subject for independent study or used by a class for both a unit on the Lincoln assassination and an introduction to historical research.
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Richie's Picks CHASING LINCOLN'S KILLER 15 mars 2009
Par N. S. - Publié sur Amazon.com
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"The crowd gasped when they saw Lincoln being carried out of the theater. They swarmed and surrounded the president. Leale, the doctors, and soldiers cradling the dying president halted. Where should they take Lincoln? Leale scanned the street for a refuge. Straining his voice to be heard by a sword-bearing officer, he shouted a command. Take the president straight across the street and into the nearest house. A soldier crossed ahead, pounding on the door, demanding entry.
"In view of the horrified mob in the street, Dr. Leale pulled another blood clot from the hole in Lincoln's head to relieve the pressure on the brain and tossed the gooey mass into the street. Fresh blood and brain matter oozed through Leale's fingers.
"When Leale was halfway across the street, soldiers on the other side yelled that the house was locked and no one answered the door. The scene was incredible, impossible! Stranded in the middle of the muddy street with no place to go, the president of the United States was dying in the presence of a mob of hundreds, perhaps a thousand, witnesses."

It was no small feat to bring together a thousand witnesses in those days. It was such a relatively small US population. Imagine if nine out of every ten people around you instantly disappeared. That would give you a good idea of how many people lived in the US at the end of the Civil War. Nevertheless, I still cannot get my mind around how in those days "almost anyone could walk into the Executive Mansion without being searched and request a brief meeting with the president." This, at a time when countless citizens of the defeated Confederacy were actively plotting revenge against Lincoln, horrified by his push for equality for African Americans, and blaming him for the loss of their former way of life.

Given such circumstances, was there any way that Abraham Lincoln was not going to get himself killed by someone like John Wilkes Booth?

"Their secret still safe from Mudd and his family, and their location a mystery to the manhunters, Herold and Booth collapsed into their beds. As Booth drifted off to sleep, he did not know whether his master plan had succeeded or failed. Had George Atzeridt and Lewis Powell carried out their missions and murdered Vice President Johnson and Secretary Seward? And what of the president -- had Booth killed Abraham Lincoln, or did the tyrant still live? Booth did not know he would be damned in the morning newspapers as the most wanted man in America."

While Booth was carrying out his part of the plot at Ford's Theater, his co-conspirators were having a less successful time completing their respective assignments. (If they had succeeded then we would have all grown up learning about President Schuyler Colfax and would have been told that Richard Nixon was the first president impeached.) It is a scene worthy of a Marx Brothers movie when William Seward's assailant Lewis Powell, pretending to be a delivery boy, demands to convey a medication directly to the ailing Secretary of State.

And then there are the bizarre tales of escape:

"Herold dipped the blades of the oars deep and pulled hard. After spending so much time in the pine thicket -- a lost week -- it felt good to be on the move again. Booth checked the compass bearings, They were supposed to be rowing from Maryland west across the Potomac to Virginia, then south. But the needle on the compass indicated they were headed north. Was the compass broken? No, the compass was true. Herold was a good enough navigator during the daylight, but not under cloak of darkness, and not haunted by the fear of capture. He had been rowing for far too long: They should be in Virginia by now. His palms and fingers were sore, and his burning arm and leg muscles made it clear that they had already traveled too far. They had to land soon. Herold spotted a familiar-looking landmark: Blossom Point, at the mouth of a creek that ran north. The good news was that he knew the area and had friends there who would help them. The bad news was that they were back in Maryland! And they were further north than they had been the night before!"

As promised by the title, CHASING LINCOLN'S KILLER delivers a true history thriller of a tale about how those involved in the scheme to simultaneously kill Lincoln, Vice President Johnson, and Secretary of State Seward took off that infamous night and were relentlessly tracked down. We learn about the many accomplices -- some unwittingly so and others very consciously involved -- who, in some cases forever escaped punishment and, in others, came to know the noose.

"Within a few minutes of the assassination, the news began spreading. First by word of mouth from Ford's, then by messenger. It traveled no faster than a man could run on foot or ride on horseback."

In the process of reading about the flight and pursuit of Booth and his co-conspirators, we get a great feel for how people lived 140+ years ago: the author fills the fast-moving story with enlightening details about technology, medicine, communications, transportation, politics, and administration of justice.

Imagine if Abraham Lincoln had, somehow, survived the hatred, the lack of security, and the various schemes of kidnapping and assassination. Would he have retired after two terms to return to life as a country lawyer, as he'd recently told Mary he intended to do? Or would he have, instead, become the first three- or four-term president? How might the long-term path of American history veered differently if Lincoln had been in charge for years longer?

In the year that we commemorate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Abraham Lincoln, CHASING LINCOLN'S KILLER will have readers asking, "Why can't all history books be this exciting?"
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