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The Impeachment of Abraham Lincoln


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ISBN13: 9780307272638
ISBN10: 030727263x
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What if Abraham Lincoln had survived Booth’s bullet?


In The Impeachment of Abraham Lincoln, Stephen L. Carter, the best-selling author of The Emperor of Ocean Park, travels back to Washington, D. C. (then known as Washington City) in April 1865 and imagines what might have happened had Lincoln survived the assassination attempt. The questions, discussion topics, and suggested reading in this guide are designed to enhance your group’s discussion of this fascinating work of alternative history.

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Lafelixjr, January 30, 2013 (view all comments by Lafelixjr)
Excellent Plot..and premise...If Lincoln had survived the Booth Assassination and now is faced with Impeachment..Enjoyed the character development...Probably biased in my praise since I am a Stephen Carter fan!
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Great read. Kept my interest through-out.
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Carter, Stephen L.
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Carter, Stephen L.
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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Entering a season heavy with Lincolniana (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter hits movie theaters in June, followed by a Spielberg biopic starring Daniel Day-Lewis in December), Stephen L. Carter delivers a doorstop of alternate history speculating whether Congress would have impeached Lincoln for abuses of power during the Civil War if only he had survived Booth's bullet. Alas, The Plot Against America this ain't. This is Lincoln by way of Dan Brown, complete with ciphers and conspiracies and breathless escapes, only not so breathless, since Carter lacks Brown's talent for narrative momentum. It takes nearly 60 pages for the first dead body to show up, and then nothing much happens for the next 60. The pace picks up in the much better second half, when Lincoln is finally on trial and the author (a Yale Law professor) gets to trot out some enjoyable courtroom shenanigans." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Review" by , "With an encyclopedic command of period detail...Carter has created an entertaining story rooted in the legal, political and racial conflicts of 19th-century America....Carter's delight in all this material is infectious. He's a fantastic legal dramatist, and there's the constant pleasure of seeing his creation of Washington City in 1867, alive with sounds and smells....History buffs can test their mettle by trying to unwind Carter's entangling of fact and fiction, but anyone should enjoy this rich political thriller that dares to imagine how events might have ricocheted in a different direction after the Civil War."
"Review" by , "[T]he best legal thriller so far this year...I've liked Carter's four previous forays into fiction. This one, I loved."
"Review" by , "Washington readers will get a kick out of comparing Carter's vivid portrait of late-19th-century DC with the city they know today....But the best thing about sitting down with this rich, often thrilling novel is watching its alternative history unfold."
"Review" by , "[T]he streets come alive in his vision of Washington...Carter's tale comes to a conclusion as thrilling and untidy as the actual events that unfolded during the turbulent postwar years."
"Review" by , "A smart and engaging what-if that has the virtue of being plausible...Abigail makes for a grandly entertaining sleuth."
"Review" by , "This novel has all the juicy stew of post–Civil War Washington, with the complexities of race, class, and sex mixed in. Carter draws on historical documents and a vivid imagination to render a fascinating mix of murder mystery, political thriller, and courtroom drama....Imaginatively conceived."
"Synopsis" by , From the author of the best sellers The Emperor of Ocean Park and New England White, an electrifying, provocative new novel that asks the question: What would have happened had Lincoln not been assassinated?

Stephen Carter's thrilling new novel takes as its starting point an alternate history: President Abraham Lincoln survives the assassination attempt at Ford's Theatre on April 14, 1865 — only to be charged with overstepping his Constitutional authority during the Civil War, and faced with impeachment. Abigail, a young black woman recently graduated from Oberlin, is hired by a D.C. law firm to assist in Lincoln's defense. Working with a white clerk named Jonathan, and ducking the admonitions of her formidable Nanny Pork, Abigail embarks on a life that defies the norms of Washington society. But when one of Lincoln's lead lawyers is found brutally murdered, she finds herself plunged into a web of intrigue, politics, and conspiracy more tangled than she could have imagined. Here is a sweeping drama that captures the emotional tenor of post-Civil War America, that explores the nature of presidential authority (a particularly resonant subject for our own moment in history), and that gives us a galvanizing story of political suspense.

"Synopsis" by , From the best-selling author of The Emperor of Ocean Park and New England White, a daring reimagining of one of the most tumultuous moments in our nation’s past


Stephen L. Carter’s thrilling new novel takes as its starting point an alternate history: President Abraham Lincoln survives the assassination attempt at Ford’s Theatre on April 14, 1865. Two years later he is charged with overstepping his constitutional authority, both during and after the Civil War, and faces an impeachment trial . . .

Twenty-one-year-old Abigail Canner is a young black woman with a degree from Oberlin, a letter of employment from the law firm that has undertaken Lincoln’s defense, and the iron-strong conviction, learned from her late mother, that “whatever limitations society might place on ordinary negroes, they would never apply to her.” And so Abigail embarks on a life that defies the norms of every stratum of Washington society: working side by side with a white clerk, meeting the great and powerful of the nation, including the president himself.  But when Lincoln’s lead counsel is found brutally murdered on the eve of the trial, Abigail is plunged into a treacherous web of intrigue and conspiracy reaching the highest levels of the divided government.

Here is a vividly imagined work of historical fiction that captures the emotional tenor of post–Civil War America, a brilliantly realized courtroom drama that explores the always contentious question of the nature of presidential authority, and a galvanizing story of political suspense.

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