CHASING LINCOLN’S KILLER by James L. Swanson

CHASING LINCOLN’S KILLER

The Search for John Wilkes Booth
Age Range: 12 & up

KIRKUS REVIEW

The 2009 bicentennial of Lincoln’s birth has spawned a large crop of books about his life and presidency. Swanson offers an exhaustive look at his death and the 12-day search for his killer, including a discussion of Booth’s motivations and descriptions of the parts played by others involved in the plot. Redacted from the author’s 2006 bestseller Manhunt, this version features reproductions of photographs, articles and other archival material, as well as quotations liberally sprinkled throughout. Readers will find the list of the people involved a terrific help in keeping track of the large cast of characters. The sequence of events leading up to and following the assassination is meticulously detailed, sometimes graphically enough that some readers may be disconcerted, though others may be ghoulishly fascinated. Whether young readers will share the enthusiasm of their elders for the blow-by-blow description of this convoluted tale remains to be seen. If they do, this comprehensive examination should answer all of their questions. Sadly, except for one brief note attesting to the authenticity of the dialogue, there are no sourcing statements. (map) (Nonfiction. 12 & up)

Pub Date: Feb. 1st, 2009
ISBN: 978-0-439-90354-7
Page count: 208pp
Publisher: Scholastic
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 15th, 2009




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