The Impeachment of Abraham Lincoln
Stephen L. Carter
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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.
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From Publishers Weekly
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Good book but last page of several chapters missing, I cannot recommend buying until this issue is corrected
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.
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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 .