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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 - 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 - 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.