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The Impeachment of Abraham Lincoln by Stephen L. Carter
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Jul 21, 2012

it was ok

This book never fully grabbed me. After the first hundred pages I was on the verge of putting it away. Over the second hundred pages I was slightly drawn in but I was totally disappointed by the ending.
The premise is that Lincoln survived the assasination attempt but Johnson was killed that night and Seward's injuries left him a recluse. The Radical Republicans want him out for being too soft on the South.
The main character, Abigail Canner, is a young black woman clerking at the law firm defending the President. While the basic character was believable, her adventures were not. The plot twists seemed contrived as did the sexual tension between Abigail and her fellow law clerk. I was never able to suspend disbelief on the basic premise or the sub plots of this book.

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