Bloody crimes

by Swanson, James L., 1959-

Format: Book on CD 2010
Availability: Available at 2 Libraries 2 of 2 copies
Available (2)
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Andrew Carnegie Free Library Civil War CD 973.738 SWANSO
Location  Andrew Carnegie Free Library
Collection  Civil War
Call Number  CD 973.738 SWANSO
Penn Hills Library Audio Visual CD 973.77 SWA
Location  Penn Hills Library
Collection  Audio Visual
Call Number  CD 973.77 SWA
In the aftermath of the Civil War, Confederate president Jefferson Davis was the most wanted man in the country. However, a tip from General Robert E. Lee allowed Davis to flee his Union pursuers. Two weeks after his escape, John Wilkes Booth assassinated President Lincoln. Though Davis had nothing to do with the murder, the entire country assumed he was in on it. Here, James L. Swanson chronicles the manhunt for Davis and what happened to Lincoln's body after the assassination.
The "New York Times"-bestselling author of "Manhunt" returns to the Civil Warera to tell the epic story of the search for Jefferson Davis and the eventfulfuneral procession for assassinated president Abraham Lincoln.
Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: "The disparate fates of contending presidents make an odd juxtaposition in this ungainly history of the Civil War's last gasps. Swanson recounts the April 1865 odyssey of Abraham Lincoln's funeral train as it wound through the North, intercutting it with Jefferson Davis's flight south from Richmond through a disintegrating Confederacy. The intertwined narratives lack the drama of the John Wilkes Booth saga Swanson told in his bestselling Manhunt. Lincoln's progress is a vividly described but lugubrious study in Victorian pomp, with giant hearses, trackside bonfires, choruses of white-robed young women, and huge crowds filing past the slow-moldering corpse. Davis's journey is a deluded, lackadaisical picaresque as he tries and fails to rally demoralized Southerners-his own cavalry escort pillaged the accompanying treasury wagons-until his anticlimactic capture by Union forces. Swanson works hard to make Davis a noble (no, he was not captured wearing his wife's dress, just her shawl) worthy of the Dixie-wide memorial procession with which the book closes. But Davis's story is incomparably less resonant than the martyred Lincoln's; in Swanson's best sections, outpourings of grief-Lincoln's own and those of his mourners-make for a moving evocation of wartime loss. B&w photos. (Sept. 28) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Davis, Jefferson, -- 1808-1889 -- Captivity, 1865-1867.
Lincoln, Abraham, -- 1809-1865 -- Death and burial.
Fugitives from justice -- United States -- Case studies.
Political prisoners -- United States -- Case studies.
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Prisoners and prisons.
Publisher New York :Harper Audio,2010
Edition Unabridged.
Other Titles Bloody crimes :
Contributors Thomas, Richard, 1951-
Harper Audio (Firm)
Participants/Performers Read by Richard Thomas.
Language English
Notes Unabridged.
Compact disc.
Description 11 audio discs (13. hr., 15 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
ISBN 9780061988479 :
0061988472 :
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