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 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...
|Title||:||Lincoln's Last Trial: The Murder Case That Propelled Him to the Presidency|
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Lincoln's Last Trial: The Murder Case That Propelled Him to the Presidency Reviews
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 reading out of a real desire to know how it would end. The authors balance the account of the trial with interesting asides about the history of the U.S. legal system, simultaneously revealing the characters of the peop ...more
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. The book's introduction tells you that every word spoken during the trial is a word-for-word of the transcript. Other conversations, the author (and his ghostwriter) have had to guess at or try to recreate. It's painfu ...more
[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 presidency, he had a few smaller cases after this one finished in the summer of 1859. Also, it is a bit of a stretch to say that this case propelled him to the presidency, although it could have done a lot of harm had he lost th ...more
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 attempt to do that.
The trial itself is a self-defense/murder trail so there is never any mystery other than whether or not the accused will be found not-guilty by reason of self-defense. The story itself was not all ...more
When I review books, I use 3 criteria:
1. How well written is it?
This book is well written and easy to read. It is just shy of 300 pages, but those are a quick 300 pages. The book is based off of an early stenographer's notes. Abrams' isn't really delving too much into extraneous history or theory, he's simply recounting the events of the court trial and supplementing those notes with other sources (newspaper reports).
2. How interesting is the subject?
This was Lincoln's last capital case. Anythin ...more
"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, published by small academic presses. There are popular biographies, written by journalists, etc., that tend to follow a more narrative-style. Obviously, Dan Abram's short history of Abraham Lincoln's last murder trial fits the l ...more
Lincoln's Last Trial was a free book I received from the local library summer reading program. Other than the fact it was way too detailed and full of far too many words, I did learn much of our 1800's era law and so much about Lincoln. He was not only very respectful and honest, he was a gifted lawyer who often swayed the jury because he was able to relate and charm them with his sincerity. He genuinely cared about the way the law was interpreted. He often did not take clients if he believed th ...more
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 to follow the trial almost verbatim from that hot summer so long ago.
Before the development of stenography, verbatim transcripts of trials simply didn’t exist. We are lucky that Robert Hitt, a steno man who was known ...more