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The Impeachment of Abraham Lincoln by Stephen L. Carter
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Jun 27, 12

it was amazing
Read in June, 2012 — I own a copy

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Stephen L. Carter has done a remarkable job of bringing to life a piece of historical fiction creating a scenario of what could have happened had Lincoln survived his assassination attempt, Johnson's assassination attempt been successful and the impeachment faced later by Johnson in real life been brought to bear upon Lincoln himself. Add to this a narrative plot that introduces characters both real and imagined along with a murder mystery and you have all the ingredients necessary for an entertaining novel and a compelling read.

Carter does more than just offer a narrative however. This is clearly a well researched book that brings elements from real history, existing documents and weaves things together in such a way that the reader will not only be entertained but will also come away with an appreciation and better understanding of the historical figures and events that are woven into this alternate scenario.

Throughout the book. there is a clear depiction of the elements of politics, negotiation and the use of political power to mask personal and economic ambition. There is both a clear depiction of racial tensions as well as an illustration of the advanced standing of northern freemen and their status in Northern society that stands in stark contrast to the commonly assumed stereotypes which find their roots in the post-plantation South in the midst of Jim Crow laws.

Whoever comes to this book can expect to be entertained, challenged and to leave the book with several elements of history, that which both real and imagined will leave the reader better for the experience. A compelling and educational read.

5 stars. Recommended without reservation.

bart breen
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Theo Logos I have often said that Lincoln's assassination was great for his legacy - dealing with reconstruction could have ruined anyone. That said, Lincoln was a far more astute politician than was the bumbling Johnson, and almost certainly would have done better. Sounds like an interesting book.

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Royce White Okay. I'm in.

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