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4.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as Manhunt, but still enjoyable, 24 Jun. 2014
This review is from: Bloody Crimes (Kindle Edition)
I came to this book having previously enjoyed Manhunt, James Swanson’s book about the chase of John Wilkes Booth after assassinating Lincoln. That was a great tale, with Booth being tracked down over twelve days and eventually killed in a firefight. There’s some overlap with this book and Swanson tries to replicate the drama, but the facts he has to work with here are much drier. Jefferson Davis did go on the run after the fall of the Confederacy, but he was quickly and limply captured – Swanson quashes the one bit of scandal, the rumour that Davis was caught trying to disguise himself as a woman. Running alongside the narrative of Davis’ escape is a description of Abraham Lincoln’s funeral train carrying his body from Washington to Springfield, but here Swanson repeats much of the contemporary newspaper coverage and the descriptions of each stop get a tad repetitive. It’s still an interesting read and Swanson is clearly an expert in American history immediately after Lincoln’s assassination. However, in comparison to Manhunt, this is not as gripping a narrative.
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