In 2001, James Swanson and Daniel Weinberg released their book, Lincoln’s Assassins: Their Trial and Execution. This coffee table sized book by Swanson, a D.C. attorney, and Weinberg, owner of the Abraham Lincoln Book Shop in Chicago, contains both men’s impressive collection of artifacts, documents, and images involving Lincoln’s assassination. In addition, the pair found other noteworthy items in other private collection and museums to include in this visual tour of the assassination. It is a truly wonderful picture book that should be in every assassination library. In 2006, James Swanson once again entered the spotlight when he released his assassination book, Manhunt: The Twelve Day Chase for Lincoln’s Killer. The book became a New York Times bestseller due to its appealing, fiction-like writing style. The book’s popularity led to a temporary exhibit at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. In this exhibit, many of Swanson’s artifacts were on display. The exhibit has since closed, but I was able to visit it in May of 2009. For those of you who were not able to see it, here are some of the highlights:
Click the images to enlarge them
While a little small for my liking (we could always use more assassination artifacts, after all), the exhibit did a great job showcasing Swanson’s book and collection.