This week let’s divert from the regular ministry and theology books cited in this space, so I can tell you about a couple of other books I’ve been reading recently.

James L. Swanson’s book Manhunt was a great read, on the search for John Wilkes Booth after the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. His newest book is Bloody Crimes (Harper Perennial), which tells the interweaving story of Lincoln’s assassination and funeral (and long railroad journey to his final resting place) and the chase for Jefferson Davis at the end of the Civil War. Swanson makes history come alive for the reader.

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