Monday, February 27, 2012
Bloody Times by James L. Swanson
This is the true account of the events of April 1865 and the two presidents of the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis. In April 1865 the war was drawing to a close. Jefferson Davis had to flee Richmond, the capital of the Conferacy when it fell to Union soldiers. The manhunt for Davis began. Only a few days later Abraham Lincoln was assassinated and the plans for an elaborate funeral began. Like his earlier book, Chasing Lincoln's Killer, this title is meticulously researched. However, I wasn't as caught up in it as I was with Swanson's other title. The storytelling seemed to suffer with more of a recitation of facts here. Despite the fact that it didn't live up to his earlier book in my estimation, I still say that Swanson presents history more like an adventure story which is needed for many young historians.