Lincoln's Last Trial: The Murder Case That Propelled Him to the Presidency

Lincoln's Last Trial: The Murder Case That Propelled Him to the Presidency

The true story of Abraham Lincoln's last murder trial, a strange case in which he had a deep personal involvement--and which was 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 m The true story of Abraham Lincoln's last murder trial, a strange case in which he had a deep personal involvement--and wh...

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Title:Lincoln's Last Trial: The Murder Case That Propelled Him to the Presidency
Author:Dan Abrams
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Genres:History
ISBN:1335424695
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:368 pages pages

Lincoln's Last Trial: The Murder Case That Propelled Him to the Presidency Reviews

  • Mike
    Jul 11, 2018
    Just when you thought there was not another angle to find to write a new Lincoln book, here is a book that looks at the last major trial Lincoln was involved with as a lawyer before he became President. The story tries to work like a novel and uses transcriptions from the trial in an a...
  • Nick
    Apr 12, 2018
    I read this from an ARC from the publisher, not the final sales edition. This work of narrative non-fiction is very readable, but has a bibliography that made me wonder a bit. About half of the sources listed are internet versions of things, some of which are merely online versions of...
  • Nathan Albright
    Dec 26, 2017
    [Note:  This book was provided free of charge by Edelweiss/Hanover Square.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.] The title of this book is not entirely accurate.  While this was the last sensational case that Lincoln handled as an attorney before his nomination for the presiden...
  • Jay
    Jul 24, 2018
    You can see how this book was put together. The author did a prodigious amount of research to put this together. He had a good place to start. The trial in focus was one of the first in downstate Illinois that had a trial transcript. It wasn?t complete in our sense of modern court tr...
  • Shoshana
    Jun 05, 2018
    What a fascinating book this is. Reading like a novel, it reveals the history of a murder case in which Abraham Lincoln defended an accused young man in Springfield, Illinois, in 1859. Due to the great good fortune of a transcript of the trial being found in the 1980?s, we are able t...
  • Kristen
    Aug 15, 2018
    Maybe more like 2.5 stars. I was really intrigued by the concept - a handwritten transcript of Lincoln's last murder trial, hidden away in a garage until it was found again in 1989! I mean, that's crazy. This could've been a really great book, and therein lies its biggest problem. ...
  • Lee
    Aug 01, 2018
    Lincoln's Last Trial was my third Lincoln book this year, but like the others had its own purpose that provided a focus and insight on Lincoln that made it a worthy read. It's also a very easy read, written mostly like a novel, and can be read in just a few sittings. Lincoln tried 27 m...
  • Matt Chester
    Jul 25, 2018
    The decision to pick up this book and read it was 100% influenced by the fact that I'm currently sitting on the jury of a trial that's been going on for weeks, so all of a sudden I find myself more interested in the legal process and where some of the courtroom norms come from. That sa...
  • Keith
    Jul 05, 2018
    This book was so much fun to read that I zipped through it in a day. The story of Abraham Lincoln's last major trial before securing the nomination for president and the office itself, it not only brings Lincoln's skill as a criminal trial lawyer to life, it's also an interesting story...
  • Sarah -  All The Book Blog Names Are Taken
    Feb 18, 2018
    I received a free digital copy of this text via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Fantastic read, full review to come. +++++++++++++ See my full review here: https://allthebookblognamesaretaken.b... ...
  • Carolyn
    May 20, 2018
    *Disclaimer: I received my copy of this book after winning a free giveaway here on Goodreads.* As someone who is deeply fascinated by and interested in Abraham Lincoln, I was so excited to read this book. Lincoln's law career has been the subject of relatively little scholarly examin...
  • Gordon
    Jun 29, 2018
    A competent and interesting history that does a good job with the legal concepts involved. The writing is adequate, but fails to deliver on portraying the brilliance of Lincoln in the courtroom or the importance of the case in Lincoln's political career. Lincoln's courtroom brilliance ...
  • Carolyn Leshyn
    Jul 30, 2018
    What an interesting and fascinating read..It dealt with Abraham Lincoln's "performance" in the courtroom during his last big trial before he went on to become president. He knew all the people involved in the trial personally and was able to put together the facts and present a reasona...
  • David Kent
    Aug 04, 2018
    This was an engaging book that will give people who are not Lincoln scholars some insight into his personality and legal prowess. It will reach a broad audience, and that is a good thing. For scholars, the book is enjoyable to read; it's fluid, light style making it one that can be qui...
  • Jennifer
    Aug 05, 2018
    Decent overall - some parts I found really boring, but it was interesting take on Lincoln as a lawyer and the history of the criminal justice system. ...
  • Jo Wilkinson
    Jun 28, 2018
    Let me preface this by saying I'm a stenographer or court reporter, and this book is told from the perspective of Lincoln's "steno man," Robert Roberts Hitt. This profiles Lincoln's last trial, a murder trial in Springfield, Illinois. By this time, there's presidential interest in Abe,...
  • Annmarie
    Jul 06, 2018
    The 2 star rating is more of an average than anything. This book deserves at least 4.5 stars for presenting a legal case that is interesting enough on its own, let alone because it includes insights into Abraham Lincoln pre-presidency. I was quickly caught up in the case and kept r...
  • Darwin8u
    Jun 19, 2018
    "Talk to the jury as though your client's fate depends on every word you utter. Forget that you have any one to fall back upon, and you will do justice to yourself and your client." - Abraham Lincoln There are many levels of biography and history. There are academic books, publ...
  • Mudkip
    Jul 10, 2018
    Best Non Fiction Book of 2018 (for me) ...
  • Kristen
    Apr 11, 2018
    Lincoln's Last Trial is an account of the 1859 trial of Simeon Quinn "Peachy" Harrison whom Lincoln successfully defended against the charge of murder in the stabbing death of Greek Crafton. While this was not technically Lincoln's last trial, it was his last murder trial. An although ...
  • Chaim Shapiro
    Jun 26, 2018
    This book is well written and it is an enjoyable read. Abrams chose to tell the story from the perspective of the trail stenographer, Rober Hitt, which brought an interesting perspective. At one point in the book, Abrams noted that the stenographers were taught to be careful not to ...
  • Kathy
    Jun 04, 2018
    Lincoln's Last Trial is a well-written, compelling telling of Lincoln's last major case (a murder trial) prior to his election as the 16th President. Told through the point of view of Robert Hitt, scribe to the trial, whose handwritten manuscript of the trial discovered in 1989 is the ...
  • Robert Gelms
    Jul 23, 2018
    The Only Honest Man in Illinois By Bob Gelms Abraham Lincoln is THE towering figure in American history. Nobody else comes close. Everyone in America knows him as a politician, and a pretty good one at that. Everyone in American also knows that Abe Lincoln was a lawyer but most do...
  • Mina Wender
    Aug 10, 2018
    Short Lincoln tale Interesting view of the state of law in mid 1800s and the intersection of the lives of the main players thereafter. Bathe story is well told. ...
  • skketch
    Aug 17, 2018
    ***NOVEL THOUGHTS*** 3.5 Much of this story is told by the careful observations of R.R. Hitt, whose role as a stenographer and the meticulous record keeping during the trial of the State v Harrison, put Abraham Lincoln into the national spotlight in the years just prior to the 1860...
  • Jan Taylor
    Jul 25, 2018
    This book intrigued me because of it's sincere attempt at accuracy, rather than just another attempt at what some call historical fiction. Transcripts of the trial were used, when available, and the parties to the trial/crime were fleshed out very well. I enjoyed the in-depth descripti...
  • Eugenea Pollock
    Jul 24, 2018
    Here is a very small part of why I enjoyed this book: ?...Hitt?s original transcript of the trial was...discovered in 1989 in a shoebox stored in the garage of the... defendant?s great-grandson.? (Hitt was the equivalent of the court reporter.) ...
  • John Deardurff
    Aug 05, 2018
    The title of the book can be misleading and cause some to think this is a book about Lincoln. It is more the tale of the court transcriber, Robert Roberts Hitt and his transcript of the Peachy Quinn Harrison murder trial. Written in a form of a novel, the book takes a real-life courtro...
  • Barbara Heerman
    Jul 05, 2018
    The murder trial described in the book is an interesting case. We don't learn much about the accused; we learn a lot about the victim. The writing style is stilted, lessening this reader's interest. Although a long bibliography is presented, and they assert that every fact is checked, ...
  • Alina
    Jun 18, 2018
    As a person who has never heard of Lincoln's last murder case, I found this book very informative. Not only Abe Lincoln was yet again proven to be a great leader but he had an amazing ability to win a case that was set for failure from the beginning. For those who do not know the ca...