Books by James L. Swanson

YOUNG ADULT
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"An important contribution to the understanding of a complex period in United States history that still reverberates today. (Nonfiction. 12-adult)"
Swanson, bestselling author of Chasing Lincoln's Killer (2009), here explores all aspects of the murder of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Read full book review >
END OF DAYS by James L. Swanson
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 12, 2013

"Chilling, gruesome and riveting."
For the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy's assassination, Swanson (Bloody Crimes: The Chase for Jefferson Davis and the Death Pageant for Lincoln's Corpse, 2010, etc.) breathlessly re-creates the tragedy. Read full book review >
"THE PRESIDENT HAS BEEN SHOT!" by James L. Swanson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 24, 2013

"Readers wishing for a more restrained, neutral, journalistic treatment should stick with Wilborn Hampton's Kennedy Assassinated: The World Mourns (1997). (source notes, further reading, bibliography) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
Readers coming cold to this book about the assassination of John F. Kennedy will learn a great deal about the crime but much less about the man who died. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 28, 2010

"Less dramatic than the author's previous work, but full of vigorous prose and dynamic stories about the period immediately following the end of the Civil War."
The author of two books on the Lincoln assassination takes another look at the aftermath. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Feb. 1, 2009

"Sadly, except for one brief note attesting to the authenticity of the dialogue, there are no sourcing statements. (map) (Nonfiction. 12 & up)"
The 2009 bicentennial of Lincoln's birth has spawned a large crop of books about his life and presidency. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 7, 2006

"A meticulous account of crime and capture makes a distinguished and worthy addition to the legend Americans can't seem to read enough about."
Compelling narrative of John Wilkes Booth's desperate final days, from the co-author of Lincoln's Assassins: Their Trial and Execution (2001). Read full book review >