James L Swanson

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Name: James L Swanson

Pen Name: None

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Born: February 12 in Chicago, Illinois


Website: www.jameslswanson.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/JamesLSwanson

Email: N/A


Illinois Connection

Swanson was born in Chicago on Lincoln's birthday and attended The University of Chicago where he was a student of Illinois author, John Hope Franklin.

Biographical and Professional Information

James L. Swanson is the New York Times bestselling author of Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln's Killer.

a former senior fellow in constitutional studies and former editor-in-chief of the Cato Supreme Court Review. A graduate of the University of Chicago and the UCLA School of Law, he was a member of the law review and recipient of a moot court distinguished advocate award. He served as assistant to Chairman Susan Liebeler at the U.S. International Trade Commission, clerked for Douglas H. Ginsburg, chief judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, and was a special assistant in the Office of Legal Counsel at the Department of Justice, where he worked on Supreme Court nominations. He is the founding and current editor of the First Amendment Law Handbook, an annual volume on recent developments in constitutional law and freedom of speech. He has written articles on intellectual property, the First Amendment, and other topics, and his work has appeared in the Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Times, American Heritage, and other newspapers and magazines. He is a member of the National Book Critics Circle and serves on the Advisory Committee of the National Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission.

Published Works

  • Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln's Killer (P.S.) , Harper Perennial , 2007
  • Bloody Crimes: The Chase for Jefferson Davis and the Death Pageant for Lincoln's Corpse, William Morrow, 2010
  • Chasing Lincoln's Killer , Scholastic Press, 2009
  • Bloody Times: The Funeral of Abraham Lincoln and the Manhunt for Jefferson Davis , Collins, 2010
  • Lincoln's Assassins: Their Trial and Execution , Harper Perennial , 2008
  • "The President Has Been Shot!": The Assassination of John F. Kennedy, Scholastic Press, 2013
  • End of Days: The Assassination of John F. Kennedy, William Morrow, 2013

Titles at Your Library

Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln's Killer (P.S.)

ISBN: 0060518502
Release Date: 2007-02-06

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Bloody Crimes: The Chase for Jefferson Davis and the Death Pageant for Lincoln's Corpse

ISBN: 0061233781
Release Date: 2010-09-28

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Chasing Lincoln's Killer

ISBN: 0545204704
Release Date: 2009-02-01

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Bloody Times: The Funeral of Abraham Lincoln and the Manhunt for Jefferson Davis

ISBN: 0061560898
Release Date: 2010-12-28

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Lincoln's Assassins: Their Trial and Execution

ISBN: 0061237620
Release Date: 2008-05-20

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The President Has Been Shot!: The Assassination of John F. Kennedy

ISBN: 0545490073
Release Date: 2013-09-24

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End of Days: The Assassination of John F. Kennedy

ISBN: 0062083481
Release Date: 2013-11-12

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Literary Awards

Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln's Killer

  • Edgar Award for Best Fact Crime
  • New York Times bestseller
  • Named, along with Truman Capote's In Cold Blood, as one of the best two nonfiction crime books ever, Patricia Cornwell of Newsweek Magazine, 2009
  • Named one of the 10 best books of the year, Entertainment Weekly, 2006

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

  • Edgar Award for Best Fact Crime

Speaking Engagements and Upcoming Appearances

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External Links

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