The Case of Abraham Lincoln: A Story of Adultery, Murder, and the Making of a Great President

The Case of Abraham Lincoln: A Story of Adultery, Murder, and the Making of a Great President

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The Case of Abraham Lincoln: A Story of Adultery, Murder, and the Making of a Great President by Julie M. Fenster, Hillary Huber

In 1856, Abraham Lincoln was at a personal crossroads. He had grown bored with his work as a lawyer in Springfield, Illinois and was beginning to see himself as just a former Congressman without much of a future in politics. But as the year unfolded, his legal and political career would radically change course when a successful blacksmith named George Anderson was poisoned and then beaten to death in his own backyard. Lincoln's decision to play a role in the case was crucial to the outcome, just as his risky decision to support the newly forming Republican Party that same summer would prove crucial to its future-and his. In The Case of Abraham Lincoln, Julie M. Fenster vividly details the gripping story of this critical juncture in Lincoln's career and reveals how it enabled him to finally prove himself as a man with a great destiny.

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ISBN-13: 9781433204425
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Publication date: 10/28/2007
Edition description: Unabridged
Pages: 5
Product dimensions: 6.47(w) x 6.59(h) x 1.17(d)

About the Author

Julie M. Fenster is the co-author (with Douglas Brinkley) of The New York Times bestseller Parish Priest. Her books include the award-winning Ether Day and Race of the Century. A regular contributor to American Heritage, Fenster has also written for The New York Times and the Los Angeles Times. She lives in Syracuse, New York.

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Case of Abraham Lincoln: A Story of Adultery, Murder, and the Making of a Great President 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
wordalone More than 1 year ago
The best part of this book is the rich detail about Abraham Lincoln's political life around 1856 and the life and times he experienced then. The negative part is that the title and subtitle hardly match what is inside. In fact, it is difficult to find a central theme to the book within its pages, except that it is about Lincoln in about 1856. The author tells us it is about THE Case of Lincoln? THE Case? Then, the subtitle tells us it is about adultery and murder, as if to somehow suggest, by ommission, that Lincoln is involved in both. The adultery and murder in this case is not about Lincoln, but about a family that lived in Springfield when he did. The author weaves this story in and out of seemingly unrelated information about Lincoln, except it was what he was doing at the same time. The only real link between Lincoln and this case is that he was acquaintance or relative to people involved in the legal aspects of it. It is almost like the author is searching for something new and different about Lincoln to sell and happened on this murder case and tried, in vain, to link Lincoln in some kind of meaningful way. It failed. It was also billed as the case that brought Lincoln to the public's attention. Hardly. The writing and research are good, but the book is misbilled and, after reading a dozen books about Lincoln by more known Lincoln scholars, I would say read the other first.
Lincroftmac More than 1 year ago
I enjoy reading about Lincoln. The author did her homework and gave a different perspective of the man. I would recommend this book to all. It is sensative, enlighting and deals more with the man than with his relations to his family, etc.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Still though if you are looking for things related to Abraham Lincoln this is a book for you. If you are looking for a book about Lincoln himself I suggest 101 facts about Lincoln.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Having just finished this book, I am filled with disappointment. While it purports to be a steamy tale of intrigue and murder closely involved with the life of Lincoln, the book is instead 90% boring political diatribe and 10% inadequately-reported murder mystery. The author switches subjects and locations from one paragraph to another in a dizzying display of poor writing. As for the case itself, Lincoln was only tangentially involved in the trial, and it is not until the last 40 pages or so that we get any good reading. The book is also filled with typographical errors which spellcheck could have fixed if anyone had cared enough to employ it. All in all a pathetic book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Case of Abraham Lincoln is a fascinating glimpse into the political world and the criminal justice system of 1850s Illinois. In 1856 George Anderson is found murdered in his own back yard the prime suspects are Anderson's wife and nephew at the same time Abraham Lincoln is at the center of the forming of the Republican party and the rebirth of his political career. Julie M. Fenster sheds light on the two careers of Lincoln: lawyer and politican and the difficulties that Lincoln faced being both on the same time. Great details on how trails were conducted in the mid-nineteenth century and how political campigns were run.