Chasing Lincoln's Killer

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Chasing Lincoln's Killer

Author: James L. Swanson
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
Copyright: 2009
Pages: 208
Cover Price: $ 16.99

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When actor John Wilkes Booth raced from Ford's Theatre after assassinating President Abraham Lincoln, he began a mad flight that lasted 12 days. James Swanson's Chasing Lincoln's Killer recapitulates the exciting chase through small towns and swamps by drawing on letters, manuscripts, trial transcripts, government reports, and contemporary newspaper interviews. This juvenile nonfiction hardcover displays history as it should be seen: up close and personal.

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John Wilkes Booth would be scarce remembered for his modest acting career but earned undying infamy by his assassination of Abraham Lincoln. Ford's Theater, where Abraham Lincoln was shot by John Wilkes Booth, was renovated in the 1960's and now produces shows as well as serving as a museum. Besides the successful assassinations of Lincoln, Garfield, McKinley and Kennedy, there have been many attempts.