Lincoln's Last Trial by Dan Abrams

Lincoln's Last Trial

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 trial...

Details Lincoln's Last Trial

TitleLincoln's Last Trial
Release DateJun 5th, 2018
PublisherHanover Square Press
GenreNonfiction, History, North American Hi..., American History, Crime, True Crime

Reviews Lincoln's Last Trial

  • Nathan Albright
    [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, al...
  • Sarah -
    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...
  • Kristen
    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 it is a stretch to say that the trial propelled him to the presidency, it is fair to say that it was a very high profile trial and the visibility and winning the ca...
  • Nick
    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 books, but others are articles which, themselves, would have to be checked for veracity.In any case, what the two authors have done is take the facts of a real murde...
  • Carolyn
    *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 examination, at least in comparison to his presidency. And while this discrepancy is certainly understandable, I was thrilled to read an in-depth look at his last trial. Ov...
  • Rob Banks
    I enjoyed this book and read it fairly quickly. I had an advance copy from Edelweiss plus. It reads well as it basically follows a transcript of the trial with historical and contemporary detail that fill out the context of the trial. I thought it gave an insight into the style of Lincoln that was a part of his presidency as well as a lawyer. I recommend the book to anyone interested in Lincoln, trials and history.
  • Rob
    This was a Goodreads giveaway book. Overall, it was a decent book that showed Lincoln in his element as a lawyer in Illinois, defending a local citizen accused of murder. To me, I found the historical notes more interesting than the actual trial that was transcribed. Regardless, it provided some insight into Lincoln as a person and a professional.
  • Matthew Fisher
    The author(s) fail to make this a compelling novel about a legal case or a biography, wherein each detracts from the other, forcing neither to be done well. Although, where it really lost me was the constant liberties taken in assuming people's emotions, thoughts, and even second guessing their established written word. Dropped this about halfway through.
  • Jenn
    I found the writing in this book incredibly dry. I appreciate that Abrams relied so heavily on the court testimony, but made for a rough read. So much could have been summarized.
  • Sharyn Berg
    Abraham Lincoln, our much honored 16th president, comes alive in this captivating tale of an intriguing murder trial. How do you draw the fine line between self-defense and murder between two men who had previous and obvious enmity toward each other? That is what the trial attempts to clarify and where we see Lincoln at his best. Coming during the time period at the very beginning of his run for the presidency, makes the stakes of this trial just...
  • Sue D.
    I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway and eagerly started it. I am struggling to get through it. It seems to be all over the place.....Lincoln before the trial (not related to the trial), getting ready for it. I may not finish it.
  • Craig Pearson
    The coverage of Lincoln's career prior to this murder trial is very interesting and readable. His anecdotes and stories make fascinating reading. The book relies heavily on the stenographer Hitt's work throughout his relationship with Lincoln. Hitt was not required to be at the trial but knew Lincoln was on the verge of gaining the nomination for President of the United States. No one wanted to miss this trial. Hitt's word by word transcription g...