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Chasing Lincoln's Killer - Audio [Audio]

By James L. Swanson

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Format: CD-Audio
Other Information: 4 Units
Published In: United States, 01 February 2009
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. EXCLUSIVE BONUS MATERIAL: Features fascinating facts from this time in history! "This story is true. All the characters are real and were alive during the great manhunt of April 1865. Their words are authentic and come from original sources: letters, manuscripts, trial transcripts, newspapers, government reports, pamphlets, books and other documents. What happened in Washington, D.C., that spring, and in the swamps and rivers, forests and fields of Maryland and Virginia during the next twelve days, is far too incredible to have been made up." So begins this fast-paced thriller that tells the story of the pursuit and capture of John Wilkes Booth and gives a day-by-day account of the wild chase to find this killer and his accomplices. Based on James Swanson's bestselling adult book MANHUNT: THE 12-DAY CHASE FOR LINCOLN'S KILLER, this young people's version is an accessible look at the assassination of a president, and shows readers Abraham Lincoln the man, the father, the husband, the friend, and how his death impacted those closest to him.

About the Author

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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Gr 7 Up--This engrossing YA adaptation (Scholastic, 2009) of James L. Swanson's adult title, Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln's Killer (Morrow, 2006), describes the plot to assassinate Abraham Lincoln and members of his cabinet, the events of the assassination, and the resulting manhunt for John Wilkes Booth and his co-conspirators. The author includes considerable information about the vainglorious Booth, who believed he would gain fame and glory for killing Lincoln, and uses a chronological approach that switches between various locations and persons to describe how Booth put his conspiracy into motion when he learned that Lincoln would be at Ford's Theater, and to detail Lincoln's dramatic death and the violent stabbing attack on Secretary of State William H. Seward. Swanson also provides an account of Booth's escape from Ford's Theater, his rendezvous with his co-conspirators, their less-than-glorious efforts to elude the massive manhunt searching for them, and Booth's death in a tobacco barn in Virginia. A discussion of the assassination's aftermath concludes this fast-paced, action-packed account. The sense of urgency that surrounded the assassination and manhunt is effectively captured by the author, and actor Will Patton interprets the text well, using differing tones and accents not just for quotes, but also for Swanson's descriptions of Booth's thoughts and actions and those of the men who searched for and found him. Sure to hold student interest.--Mary Mueller, Rolla Junior High School, MO Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information

EAN: 9780545118132
ISBN: 0545118131
Publisher: Scholastic
Dimensions: 15.2 x 12.8 x 2.8 centimetres (0.15 kg)
Age Range: 10-14 years
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