Only a period fanatic would appreciate the story. It takes half the book to get to the trial and then side steps the trial for other sub plots.
The most interesting is the acting.
Writer, economist, stand-up comic
Brilliant historical insight. I appreciated how Carter wove the resl impreachment of Andrew Johnson into his non fiction
Phillip Roth's Plot Against America.
Suspense leading to the verdict which never came
One road splits of into two ultimately merging together again before the road ends. The outcome of Lincoln's legacy is unchanged but the events taken to get there brings this version of Carter's history into a parallel universe making this an extordinary story.
This story had so much potential; and we picked it for our book club. It was just disappointing. The whole and on the 3rd day Lincoln recovered from the assassination attempt with no injuries; to the black single woman as a lwayer 60 years before any female was admitted to the bar; and Lincoln only speaking in metaphors in every private conversation was a little too far fetched for me. BUT the whole issue of criminal offenses during martial law and the suspension of habeus corpus - is a GREAT conversation. The whole intent of the framers conversation took up most of our book club discussion.