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by Stephen L. Carter

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Title:The Impeachment of Abraham Lincoln
Authors:Stephen L. Carter
Info:Knopf (2012), Hardcover, 528 pages
Collections:Your library, Read but unowned

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The Impeachment of Abraham Lincoln by Stephen L. Carter (2012)


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Meaty, obsessive, detailed, human. I could not put this down but I had to keep putting it down and read in small chunks because it was so intricate. Tonight I devoted myself to finishing the last half and five hours later I am sad I am done. ( )
  Caryn.Rose | Mar 18, 2015 |

Great concept for a book but the plot is muddled. Still enjoyable serious historical fiction but not as good as emperor of ocean park. One issue Carter has is that he is a horrible writer of women characters. They come off as wooden and bereft of depth making the protagonist of this book half as interesting as she should be. ( )
  lincolnpan | Dec 31, 2014 |
Enjoyed this book. Part alternate history, part mystery. Great book if you like those genres. ( )
  autumnturner76 | Sep 22, 2014 |
a tad tedious. I wouldn't have missed not reading it. ( )
  bke | Mar 30, 2014 |
Enjoyed this book. Part alternate history, part mystery. Great book if you like those genres. ( )
  AutumnTurner | Dec 29, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 030727263X, Hardcover)

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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In an alternate history novel, Lincoln escapes assassination by John Wilkes Booth only to face impeachment, and Abigail Canner, a young black woman involved in his defense, helps investigate the murder of the president's counsel.

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