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
GenreHistory, Politics, Presidents, Biography, Nonfiction, North American Hi..., American History

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...
  • Joe
    Within recent history Presidential impeachment has touched us twice - Watergate and the resignation of President Nixon, who was under the threat of impeachment, and the accusation of President Clinton of “high crimes and misdemeanors”, i.e. he was impeached but not removed from office. These are stories we are all familiar with. But the first occupant of the Oval Office who was impeached was Andrew Johnson, the “president by accident”, wh...
  • Bryan Craig
    Stewart's book on Johnson's impeachment is very engaging. What is unique is that he suggests that there was bribery involved in buying votes to save Johnson. It would not be a novel concept in this period as we move into the Gilded Age, but Stewart doesn't have enough evidence for this claim. We may never have it. I like the fact that Stewart highlights the idea that Johnson's presidency was assertive, much like Lincoln, and this would change as ...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • Gerry Connolly
    David Stewart details the trial of Andrew Johnson in Impeached. A story of bribery, corruption and an angry, volatile US president. Trump resembles the hapless Johnson much more than the other Andrew. Important lessons for today's travail.
  • 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...
  • Frank Stein
    It is difficult to remember how atrocious Andrew Johnson was as a President. At first, some Radical Republicans were hopeful that Johnson would drop the conciliatory posture of Lincoln towards the reconstructed South. After all, Johnson had recently said that "treason must be made infamous, and traitors must be punished." Yet, within weeks, Johnson welcomed back the most unrepentant rebels with open arms, while ignoring the pleas of massacred bla...
  • Mary
    For the most part, I found the story fascinating. However, as the book progressed I got bogged down in the details (at least to the extent that they are knowable) as the author tried to cover all the shady schemes, bribes and general shenanigans surrounding the senate's vote on the impeachment charges brought against Andrew Johnson. For at least that part of the book, it was difficult for me to keep track and my interest flagged a bit, hence the ...
  • 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...
  • Floyd Williams
    This is an excellent book. I have had it for several years but was just recently prompted to read it due to the despicable state of the current presidency. Having been educated mostly in the south, I grew up with the view that Andrew Johnson was a hero who wanted to carry on President Lincoln's legacy and re-unite the country as quickly and humanely as possible after the Civil War but that he was thwarted every step of the way by Thaddeus Stevens...
  • 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.
  • Judy Baker
    Stewart's "Impeached" is an well-researched, engaging read about the contest of wills between the accidental president, Andrew Johnson, and the Radical Republicans in the dark days following the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. In the 1864 election, with the Civil War in its final year, Lincoln's choice of Johnson was sound: he was a Democrat from the South who remained loyal to the Union. With Lincoln's wisdom and wit, Johnson would have been a...
  • 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.
  • Christian Dibblee
    For an episode that is referenced but often unexplored, this book really provides a great illumination and blow-by-blow of the Johnson impeachment. Of the main takeaways, I was struck by how virulent Johnson believed in the federal government's inability to make the South adopt the Fourteenth Amendment or even disallow Confederates from the new state governments. This after succeeding the President who up to that point had done the most to expand...
  • Jacob Lines
    For anyone interested in impeachment, this is a great read. It covers the history, the legal debates, and the personalities involved in the impeachment of President Andrew Johnson, the disaster of a president who succeeded Lincoln. It shows quite clearly that the received wisdom about the impeachment is largely false – the impeachers were not all crazed vindictive radicals who wanted Johnson out because they disliked his politics. They were, fo...