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James L. Swanson

Biography

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