Bloody Crimes: The Funeral of Abraham Lincoln and the Chase for Jefferson Davis

Bloody Crimes: The Funeral of Abraham Lincoln and the Chase for Jefferson Davis

by James L. Swanson


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In Bloody Crimes, James L. Swanson—the Edgar® Award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of Manhunt—brings to life two epic events of the Civil War era: the thrilling chase to apprehend Confederate president Jefferson Davis in the wake of the Lincoln assassination and the momentous  20 -day funeral that took Abraham Lincoln’s body home to Springfield. A true tale full of fascinating twists and turns, and lavishly illustrated with dozens of rare historical images—some never before seen—Bloody Crimes is a fascinating companion to Swanson’s Manhunt and  a riveting true-crime thriller that will electrify civil war buffs, general readers, and everyone in between.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061233791
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 08/16/2011
Series: P.S. Series
Pages: 512
Sales rank: 312,087
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.82(d)

About the Author

James Swanson is the Edgar Award-winning author of the New York Times bestsellers Manhunt and its sequel, Bloody Crimes.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations xi

Introduction xiii

Prologue 1

1 "Flitting Shadows" 3

2 "In the Days of Our Youth" 42

3 "Unconquerable Hearts" 66

4 "Borne by Loving Hands" 98

5 "The Body of the President Embalmed!" 131

6 "We Shall See and Know Our Friends in Heaven" 160

7 "The Cause Is Not Yet Dead" 194

8 "He Is Named for You" 232

9 "Coffin That Slowly Passes" 268

10 "By God, You Are the Men We Are Looking For" 304

11 "Living in a Tomb" 333

12 "The Shadow of the Confederacy" 359

Epilogue 388

Acknowledgments 404

Bibliography 408

Notes 433

Index 449

What People are Saying About This

Edward Steers

“A brilliant narrative that keeps the reader spellbound from beginning to end. James Swanson’s vivid style and historical accuracy are unsurpassed, and he makes the parallel journeys of Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis come magically alive. I wish I had written this book.”

Douglas Brinkley

“With the publication of Bloody Crimes, James L. Swanson emerges as one of America’s greatest historians. Swanson recounts the closing drama of the Civil War with hair-raising precision and the vivid narrative drive of a top-tier novelist. A grand tour de force!”

Michael Burlingame

“James Swanson has done it again. Bloody Crimes is a moving, evocative trip back in time to the tumultuous spring of 1865. Swanson’s meticulous research and sparkling prose make it an essential companion to his award winning bestseller, Manhunt.”

Harlan Coben

“A haunting masterpiece. James Swanson has written a thrilling book of death and longing, of defeat and resurrection.”

Doris Kearns Goodwin

“James Swanson is a master storyteller. Bloody Crimes is not only a thoroughly terrific read; it is a valuable contribution to history. Swanson’s brilliant decision to weave together the final days of Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis provides fresh and compelling insights on both familiar figures.”

Vincent Bugliosi

“James Swanson is a giant. With his instant classic Manhunt, and its triumphant follow up Bloody Crimes, Swanson proves beyond all doubt that he is a master of historical true-crime epic.....Bloody Crimes is irresistibly captivating. I highly recommend it.”

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