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James L. Swanson


James L. Swanson

James L.Swanson is the Edgar Award–winning author of the New York Times bestseller MANHUNT: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln’s Killer. In 2009 in Newsweek magazine, Patricia Cornwell named Swanson's MANHUNT and Truman Capote's IN COLD BLOOD as the two best nonfiction crime books ever.

In 2006, Entertainment Weekly magazine named MANHUNT one of the 10 best books of the year. Swanson has degrees in history from The University of Chicago, where he was a student of John Hope Franklin, and law from the University of California, Los Angeles. He has held a number of government and think-tank posts in Washington, D.C., including at the United States Department of Justice. He serves on the advisory council of the Ford’s Theatre Society.

His other books include the acclaimed photographic history LINCOLN'S ASSASSINS: Their Trial and Execution, as well as CHASING LINCOLN'S KILLER, and adaptations of MANHUNT and BLOODY CRIMES for young readers. James L. Swanson was born on Lincoln’s birthday.

James L. Swanson

Books by James L. Swanson

by James L. Swanson - African American Interest, Biography, History, Nonfiction, Social Issues, Young Adult 12+

In his meteoric, 13-year rise to fame, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. led a mass movement for Civil Rights with his relentless peaceful, non-violent protests, public demonstrations and eloquent speeches. But as violent threats cast a dark shadow over Dr. King's life, Swanson hones in on James Earl Ray, a bizarre, racist prison escapee who tragically ends King's life. 

by James L. Swanson - Biography, History

Swanson deploys his signature "you are there" style --- a riveting, ticking-clock pace, with an unprecedented eye for dramatic details and impeccable historical accuracy --- to tell the story of the JFK assassination as it has never been told before. The book is illustrated with archival photos and has diagrams and extensive back matter.

by James L. Swanson - History, Young Adult 12+

New York Times bestselling author of Manhunt James L. Swanson creates an adaptation for young people of his adult book Bloody Crimes, a suspense-filled thriller that sheds light on two fallen leaders of the North and South. One man, President Lincoln, assassinated, on his way to the grave. Another man, the president of the Confederacy, Jefferson Davis, on the run, soon to be sent to prison. Their actions forever changed the history of a nation.

by James L. Swanson - History, Nonfiction
The saga that began with Manhunt continues as James Swanson masterfully weaves together the stories of two fallen leaders, Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis, as they make their final journeys through the bloody landscape of a wounded nation.
by James L. Swanson - History

CHASING LINCOLN'S KILLER is a fast-paced thriller about the pursuit and capture of John Wilkes Booth: a wild 12-day chase through the streets of Washington, D.C., across the swamps of Maryland, and into the forests of Virginia.

by James L. Swanson - History, Nonfiction

James L. Swanson's Manhunt is a fascinating tale of murder, intrigue, and betrayal. A gripping hour-by-hour account told through the eyes of the hunted and the hunters, this is history as you've never read it before.