Lincoln’s Last Trial: The Murder Case that Propelled Him to the Presidency

By Dan Abrams  and David Fisher
Read by Dan Abrams  and Adam Verner

unabridged

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  • ISBN: 9781538516072

  • ISBN: 9781538516058

  • ISBN: 9781538516065

Runtime: 8.97 Hours
Category: Nonfiction
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

New York Times bestseller

A USA Today Pick of 10 Hot Books for Summer Reading

Finalist for the 2018 Voice Arts Award for Best History Narration

The true story of Abraham Lincoln’s last murder trial, a case in which he had a deep personal involvement—and which played out in the nation’s newspapers as he began his presidential campaign

At the end of the summer of 1859, twenty-two-year-old Peachy Quinn Harrison went on trial for murder in Springfield, Illinois. Abraham Lincoln, who had been involved in more than three thousand cases—including more than twenty-five murder trials—during his two-decades-long career, was hired to defend him. This was to be his last great case as a lawyer.

What normally would have been a local case took on momentous meaning. Lincoln’s debates with Senator Stephen Douglas the previous fall had gained him a national following, transforming the little-known, self-taught lawyer into a respected politician. He was being urged to make a dark-horse run for the presidency in 1860. Taking this case involved great risk. His reputation was untarnished, but should he lose this trial, should Harrison be convicted of murder, the spotlight now focused so brightly on him might be dimmed. He had won his most recent murder trial with a daring and dramatic maneuver that had become a local legend, but another had ended with his client dangling from the end of a rope.

The case posed painful personal challenges for Lincoln. The murder victim had trained for the law in his office, and Lincoln had been his friend and his mentor. His accused killer, the young man Lincoln would defend, was the son of a close friend and loyal supporter. And to win this trial he would have to form an unholy allegiance with a longtime enemy, a revivalist preacher he had twice run against for political office—and who had bitterly slandered Lincoln as an “infidel … too lacking in faith” to be elected.

Lincoln’s Last Trial captures the presidential hopeful’s dramatic courtroom confrontations in vivid detail as he fights for his client—but also for his own blossoming political future. It is a moment in history that shines a light on our legal system, as in this case Lincoln fought a legal battle that remains incredibly relevant today.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“The story is both compelling on its own terms and a lesson about some eternal truths about criminal justice.” Jeffrey Toobin, New York Times bestselling author
“The transcripts reveal Lincoln at his best, fighting for a cause he believed in with brilliance and passion—qualities that would serve him so well as president.” Booklist
“A moment-by-moment account of the murder trial, which featured a well-liked young victim, a claim of self-defense, [and] a death-bed admission…Lincoln enthusiasts will find the illumination of his preternatural legal skills a worthy subject; casual readers will find the centerpiece murder trial an engrossing legal thriller.” Publishers Weekly
“Abrams and Fisher quote generously from Hitt’s transcript to bring into sharp focus the witness-by-witness testimony and courtroom proceedings.” Library Journal
“This book not only brings a rare transcript to life, it makes you feel as if you are watching a live camera riveted on a courtroom more than 150 years ago.” Diane Sawyer, anchor of ABC World News
“An entertaining book filled with twists and turns and tailor-made for Civil War buffs.” Jay Winik, author of April 1865

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Author

Author Bio: David Fisher

David Fisher is the author of more than twenty New York Times bestsellers. His work has also appeared in most major magazines and many newspapers. He lives in New York with his wife and two sons.

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Author Bio: Dan Abrams

Dan Abrams is the CEO and founder of Abrams Media and chief legal affairs anchor for ABC News. He is also the host of both 60 Days In and Live PD on A&E. A graduate of Columbia University Law School, he is the author of the Washington Post bestseller Man Down and has written for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, and the Yale Law and Policy Review, among many others. He lives in New York.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : CD, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction
Runtime: 8.97
Audience: Adult
Language: English