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.
Based on rare archival materials, obscure trial transcripts, and Lincoln's own blood relics, 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 you've never read it before.
©2006 James L. Swanson; (P)2006 HarperCollinsPublishers
"Pure narrative pleasure, sure to satisfy the casual reader and Civil War aficionado alike." (Publishers Weekly)
"Swanson's synthesis of the sources is bound to be a cover-to-cover reading hit with history lovers." (Booklist)
"Manhunt is vigorous and clear without sacrificing accuracy....Just as Booth did, the book saves its heavy ammunition for a final showdown." (The New York Times)
It was a good story, well researched. Not a lot of new material if you are already quite knowledgeable on the subject. John Boy Walton does a good job as narrator as well. I would give it a 3 1/2 if I could, but it's closer to a 4 than a 3. I do recommend it and would put it in the top 50% out of 70+ listens. I was just looking for something new and it didn't happen or I would have rated it higher.
This was a fascinating story, one I'd never truly heard. James Swanson did a fantastic job in researching which allowed this non-fiction book to feel like a novel. Lots of color and touches that hooked me early on.
The reading was pretty good. Wish they had an unabridged version, however.
Overall: Loved the story, could have kept going. Worth a try.
I enjoyed listening to this book...until the end. The choice to narrate of the death of JWB in a somewhat glorified and worshipful tone surprised me. This was a man who carefully planned, shot and killed the President. Possibly the narrator's [Richard Thomas] intention was to mesmerize the listener. Instead, his narration came across as if it were a tribute to JWB. It made me wonder...will there also be a suspensful story written about Lee Harvey Oswald that glorifies his death as well. Otherwise, the book is quite interesting and suspensful.
I took a little risk on this book and I am glad I did. The name James Wilkes Booth was about as interesting to me as a used toothbrush. What a depressing name, James Wilkes Booth. But I am very interested in history and one of the reviews such as this peaked my interest. I couldn't stop the ipod. This is a riveting chronology of the time and the chase. Attitudes, habits, and philosophies were discussed. The chase is a pageturner and I was intrigued by the man himself. There was a lot of fascinating parts of the conspiracy that I did not know about. If you like to learn about history with a gripping pageturner, this is the book.
I should probably listen to this one again some day. The story moves but did not click for me. Maybe better suited for history buffs who know the setting better than I.
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