One Book One Community is a county-wide program offered through the Westmoreland Library Network.

One Book One Community discussion book

Manhunt : the 12-day chase for Lincoln's Killer
by James L. Swanson

Book Discussion - January 27, 2015, at 7:00 pm

      The murder of Abraham Lincoln set off the greatest manhunt in American history. From April 14 to April 26, 1865, the assassin, John Wilkes Booth, led Union cavalry and detectives on a wild twelve-day chase through the streets of Washington, D.C., across the swamps of Maryland, and into the forests of Virginia, while the nation, still reeling from the just-ended Civil War, watched in horror and sadness.

     James L. Swanson's Manhunt is a fascinating tale of murder, intrigue, and betrayal. A gripping hour-by-hour account told through the eyes of the hunted and the hunters, this is history as you've never read it before.


A special winter edition of the popular One Book, One Community History Book Discussions will feature James L. Swanson’s book, “Manhunt:  The Twelve-Day Chase for Lincoln’s Killer.”  The discussion will be held at the Ligonier Valley Library on Tuesday, January 27 at 7 p.m.  Participants are asked to read the book prior to the discussion.  Copies will be available to registered participants.

The public libraries in Westmoreland County are partnering with the Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra for this One Book, One Community program.  On February 21, 2015, the WSO will present ‘American Masters,’ a concert featuring Aaron Copeland’s ‘Lincoln Portrait.’  This concert will be held at the Palace Theater in Greensburg at 7:30 p.m.  Anyone participating the in the book discussion at the Ligonier Valley Library or any other participating public library in Westmoreland County is eligible to purchase a concert ticket at the discounted rate of $10.00 (non-participant ticket price is $26.00).

Registration is required to reserve a copy of the book and participate in the discussion at the library.  There is no charge for borrowing the book or attending the discussion. Participants are not obligated to attend the concert.