Impeached by David O. Stewart


Best-selling author David Stewart challenges the traditional version of this pivotal moment in American history. Rather than seeing Johnson as Lincoln's political heir, Stewart explains how the Tennesseean squandered Lincoln's political legacy of equality and fairness and helped force the freed slaves into a brutal form of agricultural peonage across the South. Hardcover. Original jacket. Number line counts to 1. NF/NF.

Details Impeached

Release DateMay 12th, 2009
PublisherSimon & Schuster
Number of pages464 pages
GenreHistory, Politics, Presidents, Nonfiction, Biography, North American Hi..., American History, Military History, Civil War, Us Presidents, Literature, American, Biography Memoir

Reviews Impeached

  • Jeffrey Keeten
    ”If he was impeached for general cussedness, there would be no difficulty in the case.”Senator William Pitt Fressenden, March 1868 Andrew JohnsonAndrew Johnson was never supposed to be president. When Abraham Lincoln chose Johnson as his Vice President for his second term he was trying to heal a nation. He wanted a Southerner and what made Johnson uniquely qualified to grab the attention of President Lincoln was that he was the only Senator f...
  • rmn
    This is an engaging, well written book about one of the most important overlooked events and time periods in American history. While people laud Abraham Lincoln, they overlook that following his assassination his successor Andrew Johnson, a Southern Democrat chosen by the Republican Lincoln as VP to help get votes in the 1864 election, essentially negated everything the Civil War was fought over in less than one year after taking over the preside...
  • Miriam
    A well researched, well thought, easy to read book that helps one understand how we went from the Emancipation Proclamation and the 14th and 15th Amendments to the Jim Crow laws. It always seemed to me that the losers of the Civil War won as regards to keeping the blacks in slavery. I only had one argument with his reasoning. In one paragraph, he states that the changes in black rights came about when civil rights activists got the attention of t...
  • Jim
    Most books on the reconstruction era blow by the impeachment and trial of Andrew Johnson in a few pages. Few that I have read have gone into depth on it other than to note he was impeached based on something called the Tenure of Office Act, note that the impeachment had a high degree of politics attached to it, and that Johnson was acquitted by one vote. There have been some good books written on the trial, most notably The Impeachment and Trial ...
  • Colleen Browne
    David O. Stewart gives a lucid, very readable account of the impeachment of Lincoln's successor in the White House. He leaves no stone unturned in his research in an attempt to ferret out the personalities and scandals involved in the impeachment process. Stewart rejects the assumptions of the previous century that Johnson was a heroic president trying to carry out Lincoln's legacy against a tyrannical Congress set on becoming the supreme power i...
  • Steve
    2013-05-06“Impeached: The Trial of President Andrew Johnson and the Fight for Lincoln’s Legacy” is David Stewart’s 2009 biography of our seventeenth president. Stewart is a former trial lawyer and has written four books including the highly regarded “The Summer of 1787: The Men Who Invented the Constitution.”Stewart’s book is more a review of Johnson’s presidency and his impeachment than it is a compr...
  • Michael Austin
    This is a wonderful history of a nasty affair. Although I was familiar with the broad outlines of the Andrew Johnson appeal, from High School American History and from William Rehnquist's Grand Inquests: The Historic Impeachments Of Justice Samuel Chase And President Andrew Johnson, I did not really understand the background of the proceedings until I read Stewart's book. Nobody really comes off very well in this story. Johnson himself is portray...
  • Neil Pierson
    A million years ago, when I was in school, here's what we learned about Andrew Johnson, who assumed the presidency when Abraham Lincoln was assassinated: Johnson tried to continue Lincoln's policy of reconciliation with the southern states. But a vindictive Congress of radical Republicans tried to stop him, and when they couldn't, they impeached him. Oh, and the other thing we learned was that Johnson was drunk and incoherent at his swearing-in. ...
  • Terri
    First off, I only gave this book four stars instead of five for two reasons: 1) The author made derogatory comments about Grant's presidency (which doesn't even occur until after Johnson's presidency). The fact that Johnson and Grant couldn't tolerate each other says more about Johnson's inadequacies than Grant's. And 2) because I not only didn't like Johnson, but I didn't like most of the Senators and Representatives as well.It's weird to read a...
  • Dave N
    Andrew Johnson was one of those presidents that history has largely ignored. And even when he has been remembered, as in John F. Kennedy's own Profiles in Courage, he's remembered incorrectly. Historians no doubt argue over what are essentially opinions all the time, leaving laypersons like us with more questions than answers about how to feel about a certain person or time in our nation's past. Stewart, perhaps in part because he isn't a histori...
  • Jessica (booneybear)
    How I wish Andrew Johnson would have kept a diary the way that John Adams did. Though he may not have been a very good president, I bet he would have been a great subject to read about. From the first chapter of this book I knew that this guy was going to be quite a character, after all it is alledged that he showed up drunk to his own inauguration as Vice President. He was so completely the opposite of Abraham Lincoln, I find it funny that the a...
  • Stan Prager
    The ancient Athenian democracy featured a unique political safety valve known as ostracism that allowed for the ten-year exile of any citizen of the polis based solely upon the votes of his fellow citizens. Senators in ancient Rome could be impeached and expelled from the Senate for malfeasance, another kind of safety valve that unfortunately did not apply to the Emperor. It was to Rome that framer Benjamin Franklin looked during the 1787 Constit...
  • Emmett Hoops
    This book gave me all the information I wanted on a subject that I knew little about but that I suspected had more importance than normally is accorded it. Suffice it to say it changed the way I think about Reconstruction; it changed the way I think about America. President Grant, for instance, is commonly thought of as a very lackluster President who allowed all sorts of corruption in his Administration. Think about it: what Presidential Adminis...
  • Patrick
    David O. Stewart's book "Impeached" taught me everything I know about the impeachment of President Andrew Johnson, and Stewart writes with such verve that nothing about the episode seems dry or remote from our own time. The book also happens to be impeccably researched. Everyone with an interest in America's "Reconstruction" era should read it. Stewart manages to describe political and legal complexities with equal aplomb, in accessible ways. Hap...
  • Steven Z.
    David O. Stewart has written a well researched book dealing with the attempt to remove Andrew Johnson from the presidency after the Civil War. The author goes through excruciating detail describing the conflict between Radical Republicans and Democrats following the war between the states. The author explores the great personalities involved, ie; Thaddeus Stevens, Andrew Johnson, Ben Wade, U.S. Grant etc. Currently, we are in an age of extreme po...
  • Paul Gibson
    A fine book from a fine writer. He is a good story teller and doesn't hesitate reaching back a few more years to tell some good stories about Grant and others. When I purchased the book I was a bit concerned that this lawyer/writer, telling of the impeachment proceedings, might get bogged down in legalese but he doesn't. He explains and reappraises an incredibly important part of history that I was only vaguely aware of. And his reappraisal puts ...
  • Robert Melnyk
    Very interesting and informative book about the impeachment of Andrew Johnson. There is a lot of detail about the entire process, including how Johnson came to be Lincoln's vice president, as well as his relationship with various members of his cabinet, the House of Representatives, and the Senate. The book outlines in detail the process of impeachment by the House, and the trial and acquittal by the Senate. It goes into a lot of detail about why...
  • April
    Great book that sheds light on an often overlooked president and period in American history! Just keep in mind that because the scope was relatively narrow, there was perhaps more detail than I needed on, for example, the complexities of bribery schemes to keep Johnson in office. While I realize that this wasn't intended as a comprehensive biography, I wouldn't have minded a bit more detail about Johnson's background prior to becoming VP. That be...
  • Robert Jones
    David Stewart achieves the improbable here, and makes postbellum American politics far more interesting and digestible then it has any right to be. It's easy to gloss over things that happened immediately after Lincoln's assassination, but Stewart manages to seize the reader's attention and, for over three hundred pages, teach us about America's first presidential impeachment. My legal background might make me biased in favor of a book about a co...
  • Ric White
    Good investigation into an important, yet often overlooked piece of American history. I appreciate that the author presents the good and bad of both sides of the argument. I did find that it bogged down a bit in places. Yes, I get it, people were working to corrupt the vote. Yes, the lawyers talked too much. Overall, though, it's a great read if you would like an in-depth account of this crazy bit of our country's past.
  • David Bird
    Stewart offers a well-written account of a key moment in history. It is arguaby a moment where the system's self-preservation owed least to the quality of leadership at the helm, and so as Stewart notes, the true measure of the U.S. Constitution as a thing in itself. There is less to justify the subtitle than I would have liked; no sustained consideration of the nascent Lincoln hagiography.
  • Susie
    Is Donald Trump the reincarnation of Andrew Johnson? Just saying... I would like to hear others' opinions of the state of the country and this 17th president's term in office. Thanks
  • Jim
    In this current era of dysfunctional politics and extreme partisanship in Washington, D.C., this book actually gives one encouragement that all is not lost. Andrew Johnson, president following the assassination of Abraham Lincoln in 1865, was a Democrat elected on the Republican (Union) Party ticket. Although he chose to not leave the Union when his home state of Tennessee seceded, he was, nevertheless, a vocal racist and a believer in states' ri...
  • Jennie
    Coming off the high that is Lincoln and the low that is his assassination, the US desperately needs someone to step up and be a true, honest, and caring leader. Well, what the citizens got was Andrew Johnson instead. I’d like to say he was just not able to fill Lincoln’s shoes (or more appropriately, his hat) but Johnson wasn’t interested in filling anything of Lincoln’s. Instead, he was desperate to make his own mark.I don’t tend to ta...
  • Bob
    I hear very little discussion about Andrew Johnson. What I learned before reading this was that he was the first President who had impeachment proceedings brought against him. And, while he was known to be a bad President, his impeachment failed - the common discussions surround the Congress not wanting to hurt the long-term viability of the office of the President. Other than that, i knew very little about him.Johnson was selected by Lincoln to ...
  • Dick Edwards
    AJ did not change his political course after the acquittal. AJ rejected Reconstruction, and vetoed the readmission of Southern states (with reconstruction governments). There was much violence in TX. For a price, gangs would kill blacks, Republicans, or federal soldiers. AJ hated U.S. Grant, and vice versa. The Dems nominated Governor Seymour of NY to run against Grant. AJ opposed the 14th Amendment, but it was ratified anyway. Ben Butler became ...
  • Patrick
    an intriguing topic that is, in this case, bogged down by too many pages dedicated the blow-by-blow procedures of the impeachment process ... did Johnson deserve to be impeached? Probably not. While he botched most aspects of the Presidency and only served to further divide the Nation, being ill-equipped for a job he was thrust into by chance is not an impeachable offense, and besides, by the time the final impeachment push was made in 1868, the ...
  • Phillip
    This almost feels like two books - I enjoyed the first 2/3rd of the events leading to impeachment, the two impeachment efforts, and the Senate trial. This explains a lot more than is commonly taught about the Johnson presidency and his opponents in Congress, especially the so-called Radical Republican. How Reconstruction, re-admission of the South, and Constitutional amendments were led and evolved is the most interesting issues. The book does a ...
  • Matt
    A meticulous account of the impeachment of Andrew Johnson, more for the history buff than the casual reader. Many Republicans wanted to impeach Johnson for jeopardizing Lincoln's legacy by being so conciliatory to the Rebels that it undermined the victory won by the Union. President Johnson had thwarted Congress repeatedly with executive actions, leaving many Republicans feeling they had no other choice. The high crime or high misdemeanor they pi...
  • Harold
    This is an excellent analysis of the law, politics and corruption of the impeachment trial of Andrew Johnson. As Stewart says in the last chapter, the impeachment was a Rorschach test, yet this book simply and clearly takes you through it, shining a light on heroes, villains, and a lot of ambiguous characters. At least judging from this book, it was a time of bitterness rather than healing, of violence, corruption and occasionally ideals. Johnson...