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The Impeachment of Abraham Lincoln | [Stephen L. Carter]

The Impeachment of Abraham Lincoln

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 and a letter of employment from the law firm that has undertaken Lincoln’s defense....
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Publisher's Summary

From the best-selling author of The Emperor of Ocean Park and New England White, comes 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.

©2012 Stephen L. Carter (P)2012 Random House Audio

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    J. Schantz 11-06-12
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    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.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The most interesting is the acting.


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    Mark Brooklyn, NY, United States 10-29-12
    Mark Brooklyn, NY, United States 10-29-12 Member Since 2002

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    "Fascinating "what-if" history"
    What did you love best about The Impeachment of Abraham Lincoln?

    Brilliant historical insight. I appreciated how Carter wove the resl impreachment of Andrew Johnson into his non fiction


    What other book might you compare The Impeachment of Abraham Lincoln to and why?

    Phillip Roth's Plot Against America.


    What about Paul Boehmer’s performance did you like?

    Powerful, gripping


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Suspense leading to the verdict which never came


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    None

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    ivy loxahatchee, FL, United States 10-01-12
    ivy loxahatchee, FL, United States 10-01-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Interesting fork to take on the road"
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    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.


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    Amazon Customer Waltham, MA 09-27-12 Member Since 2012
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    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.

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