Monday, October 09, 2006

What My Dad Read - Manhunt : the twelve-day chase for Lincoln's killer.

One of a Librarian's favorite rules is "For every reader his or her book". In the case of my Dad, that is quite a challenge, so whenever I do succeed and get him to read and enjoy a book for pleasure, I feel that I must share my success with you. Manhunt : the twelve-day chase for Lincoln's killer by James L. Swanson is the book that recently did the trick and having also read this myself, I can attest to the fact that this is quite the historical, suspenseful, page turning best seller to read. As a review best put it:

"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." "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."

Manhunt has been optioned for a movie with Harrison Ford attached, and is the fast paced, page turner of a book to dispell the false rumor that books on history have to be dry and boring! If my Dad liked it, I bet you will too!

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