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The Impeachment of Abraham Lincoln

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From the best-selling author of The Emperor of Ocean Park and New England White, a daring reimagining of one of the most tumultuous moments in our nation’s past
Stephen L. Carter’s thrilling new novel takes as its starting point an alternate history: President Abraham Lincoln survives the assassination attempt at Ford’s Theatre on April 14, 1865. Two years later he is charged with overstepping his constitutional authority, both during and after the Civil War, and faces an impeachment trial . . .

Twenty-one-year-old Abigail Canner is a young black woman with a degree from Oberlin, a letter of employment from the law firm that has undertaken Lincoln’s defense, and the iron-strong conviction, learned from her late mother, that “whatever limitations society might place on ordinary negroes, they would never apply to her.” And so Abigail embarks on a life that defies the norms of every stratum of Washington society: working side by side with a white clerk, meeting the great and powerful of the nation, including the president himself.  But when Lincoln’s lead counsel is found brutally murdered on the eve of the trial, Abigail is plunged into a treacherous web of intrigue and conspiracy reaching the highest levels of the divided government.

Here is a vividly imagined work of historical fiction that captures the emotional tenor of post–Civil War America, a brilliantly realized courtroom drama that explores the always contentious question of the nature of presidential authority, and a galvanizing story of political suspense.

This eBook edition includes a Reading Group Guide.

From Publishers Weekly

May 14, 2012 – Entering a season heavy with Lincolniana (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter hits movie theaters in June, followed by a Spielberg biopic starring Daniel Day-Lewis in December), Stephen L. Carter delivers a doorstop of alternate history speculating whether Congress would have impeached Lincoln for abuses of power during the Civil War if only he had survived Booth’s bullet. Alas, The Plot Against America this ain’t. This is Lincoln by way of Dan Brown, complete with ciphers and conspiracies and breathless escapes, only not so breathless, since Carter lacks Brown’s talent for narrative momentum. It takes nearly 60 pages for the first dead body to show up, and then nothing much happens for the next 60. The pace picks up in the much better second half, when Lincoln is finally on trial and the author (a Yale Law professor) gets to trot out some enjoyable courtroom shenanigans.

Customer Reviews

iBook issue

Good book but last page of several chapters missing, I cannot recommend buying until this issue is corrected

Excellent mystery

This was a can't put the book down read. The plot twists so compelling that the reader became personally invested in solving the mystery. Great writing plus real attention to legal and historical reality. This must, must be made into a movie. Haley Berry is the perfect Abigaile.

The impeachment of Abraham Lincoln

It's amazingly written book ,I couldnt put it down, it's not even out yet but the sample was so good, that I can't wait to finish it
I finished it. it's well written .Being a professor and a lawyer I dont know how ,he finds time to write 854 page novel,with historical. Research ,and where he could keep my interest!! I did not know that writer was person of color but I figured it out during his writing of black opinions of Abigail's brother michael. they seemed very much of writers strong view I don't think white writer would have that insight.
Excellent writing and good perspective .


The Impeachment of Abraham Lincoln
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  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Mysteries & Thrillers
  • Published: Jul 10, 2012
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Seller: Penguin Random House LLC
  • Print Length: 688 Pages
  • Language: English
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