The Case of Abraham Lincoln: A Story of Adultery, Murder, and the Making of a Great President

The Case of Abraham Lincoln A Story of Adultery Murder and the Making of a Great President The year was a pivotal one for this country witnessing the birth of the Republican Party as we know it But it was also a critical year in the troubled political life of Abraham Lincoln As a lawy

The year 1856 was a pivotal one for this country, witnessing the birth of the Republican Party as we know it But it was also a critical year in the troubled political life of Abraham Lincoln As a lawyer, he tried his most scandalous murder case At the same time, he made a decision which unleashed his soaring abilities for the first time, a decision which reverberatesThe year 1856 was a pivotal one for this country, witnessing the birth of the Republican Party as we know it But it was also a critical year in the troubled political life of Abraham Lincoln As a lawyer, he tried his most scandalous murder case At the same time, he made a decision which unleashed his soaring abilities for the first time, a decision which reverberates to this day whether or not to join the new Republican Party The Case of Abraham Lincoln offers the first ever account of the suspenseful Anderson Murder Case, and Lincoln s role in it Bestselling historian Fenster not only examines the case that changed Lincoln s fate, but portrays his day to day life as a circuit lawyer and how it shaped him as a politician In a book that draws a picture of Lincoln in court and at home during that memorable season of 1856, Fenster also offers a close up look at Lincoln s political work, much of it masterful, some of it adventurous, in building the party that would change his fate and that of the nation.

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  1. It should go without saying that there are a lot of books about Abraham Lincoln 1 , many of which I have read and reviewed Perhaps some might argue that there are far too many, but I have generally found the books to be worthwhile and this book is no exception The author here follows a familiar approach find something little well known or recognized about Abraham Lincoln s life that is nonetheless well documented, pour over texts that others ignore, and create a worthwhile book that offers somet [...]


  2. I wish this book was about what it said it was Touted as coverage of a murder case in which Abraham Lincoln acted as counsel, it was supposed to be about how his involvement in this trial set him on a path towards refocusing his political desires and drive towards the presidency Instead, it was about his involvement with the burgeoning redefined Republican party which was at first quite reluctant The discussion of the murder case was pretty much abandoned for the entire middle section of the boo [...]


  3. The cover blurb suggests that Abe was involved in a sensational murder case, and indeed this is ultimately true However, the book is really about his wide range of legal cases and his role in building the Republican party in Illinois It was interesting in its own right, but clearly the author felt no one would read the history and so used the Anderson murder trial to suck in readers Anderson was a prosperous but boring blacksmith His illiterate wife and his nephew had a thing, and they first poi [...]


  4. Read as an audiobook I never learned much about Lincoln s earlier years before he starting running for President and his years as a lawyer are barely touched upon in most history courses, so this book was great for filling that gap It also includes a sensational and potentially scandalous trial of Mrs Anderson and her boarder, Theodore, and whether they may have murdered Mr Anderson Aside from the focal case, Fenster also discusses how Lincoln helped shape the emergent Republican party based on [...]


  5. This was interesting to listen to it is lincoln on the verge of his presidency I think the title is a little misleading because some of the book is about the murder trial it is about the political beginnings of the Republican party in Illinois with a little of the murder trail thrown in.


  6. I am always looking for something new in the arena of Abraham Lincoln history Being a mystery and legal thriller fan, the title of this book made me have to read it The book piqued my interest for a couple of reasons 1 early history of Abraham Lincoln the Illinois days , before he was elected President and 2 crime detection and the legal system procedural process of the mid 19th century I thought Julie Fenster did a terrific job of blending together multiple authoritative sources to include both [...]


  7. Audio book I rather liked this one, even though I have to agree with the several other reviewers who noted that the title is rather misleading There is a murder case that is quite scandalous and Lincoln is involved in the trial But that turns out to be the least interesting thing in this book by far The real story is about Lincoln s entry into the political arena in the run up to the 1856 presidential election and that story is fascinating Fenster deftly crystallizes just how far off the the pol [...]


  8. Dan got me this one for Christmas I immediately went into his office and found him in, Angell recalled of his meeting with Lincoln He was seated with his arms resting on the table and his long legs crossed He was so different from any other person I had ever seen that for a moment I was dazed The man looked like a cathedral.I stated my busness, and feeling in my vest pocket, produced a ten dollar gold piece which I offered him as a retainer s fee He was silent for a moment, and then said as he p [...]


  9. This was a fabulous 5 star right up until the end which brings it down to a 4 1 2 star.The title is misleading The book chronicles Lincoln s life in the year 1856 He is well known and really well liked as a traveling lawyer, but he is not seen as wise and amazing yet He works with other lawyers who seem to be heading to higher places politically than he is He plays a vital part in starting the Republican party that year and starts to become famous after his powerful speech at the organizing conv [...]


  10. Another book about Lincoln s life The virtue of this book is that it is focused in time and it covers ground often overlooked The book offers a fascinating and detailed picture of Lincoln s life from March to December of 1856 And while it covers politics, it also covers his legal work that he was doing at the same time The result is very interesting This window of time was critical the Republican Party was just being formed to challenge the Democrats, and Lincoln took a risk on it and helped cra [...]


  11. My mistake about reading this book was not reading the back for the description But I feel, that even if I had read the description of this book, it wouldn t have helped me or changed this review I picked this book well, audio book up because of one reason the title The title looked freaking amazing And the author does a great job of making the title eye catching because the title has very little to do with the book For a good while in the beginning, the author goes in great detail about a rando [...]


  12. Short and incredibly valuable This 200 pager describes the year 1856 in Illinois, where a big murder case took place in Springfield and also Abraham Lincoln rose to prominence in the formation of the new Republican party It was incredibly useful to understand just how involved in the legal scene Lincoln was, and also to see how his role as a party man in the formation of the party helped give him the launching pad to the nomination 4 years later Only slight negative is that the conclusion of the [...]


  13. I have to agree with other reviews about the false advertising I was really hoping for a riveting story about a murder case involving Abraham Lincoln when he was a circuit lawyer in Illinois The copious amount of information about Lincoln s involvement with the founding of the Republican party was interesting, but I kept wondering what it had to do with the Anderson case Nothing really, as it turns iut The murder case becomes incidental in the end view spoiler and clearly the defendants were gui [...]


  14. Interesting glimpse of politics at the time of the formation of the Republican party However, the author was using many newly discovered source documents letters, diaries, etc and seems to have been compelled to use every possible detail, which made the book feel very random and unwieldy It was a choppy read, without good flow to the narrative Useful information about Abe s entrance into politics and his law career with the circuit court in Illinoisbut not a pleasant reading experience.


  15. I saw Julie Fenster on Book TV talking about this book, and I was immediately hooked She did a magnificent job of opening a window into Lincoln s everyday life as a lawyer in 1856, and setting the stage for the creation of the Republican Party That glimpse of Lincoln was well worth the read, but the particular murder case that was woven into the biography was never solved So it is a bit disappointing at the end to get no resolution to the murder.


  16. New stuff on Lincoln I admit I can read anything on Lincoln but the addition of the murder of Charles Anderson and Lincoln s involvement in the case made this an interesting read The book covered Lincoln s involvement with the formation of the Republican party and his expertise in the law The man was just amazing He had such a brilliant mind Also lots of interesting stuff about Springfield, IL.


  17. I m not sure this deserves 3 stars, but not sure it warrents 4 stars Maybe 3 1 2 I think the title is misleading because it isn t so much about the court case mentioned, as it is about Lincoln s rise in political stature at the time the case occurs It was very interesting to hear about politics in the time this book takes place It made me like Lincoln even than I already do and learn about him.


  18. Focuses on the year 1856 when Lincoln was instrumental in setting up the Republican party the Grand Old one, not what passes for it now Connects his personal, legal and political activities and the impact of each on his future election to the Presidency The adultery and murder are in his legal domain he became one of the defense lawyers Good book A little jumpy in the transitions from legal to political to personal Very interesting in this year of Obama.


  19. It s true that the title of this book is a bit misleading But to me it was perfect I was very interested in Lincoln s role in the formation of what became the Republican Party, his life as an attorney and his work family balance It was very interesting to see how the stage was set in 1856 for his presidency I really enjoyed this book.


  20. This book talks about how Lincoln helped form a new political party from the wreckage of the Whigs and anti Nebraskans at the same time he was one of the busiest lawyers in central Illinois Good insight into the development of a man from being well known only in his judicial circuit to our 16th president.


  21. Interesting and Informative snapshot of a year in the life of Abraham Lincoln 1856 saw A Lincoln active as a lawyer, including the key role he played in an infamous murder mystery, while at the same time playing an influential role in the formation of the Republican party and his ascendancy there in.


  22. Finished it I felt that it was a good snapshot in time of the life of Abe Lincoln in the years leading up to his time as President Some little known stories about other people who needed legal help including a nephew who was a thief, and Abe got him OFF and how he was increasing becoming popular on his way to the White House.


  23. Well researched, but doesn t live up to the sensational subtitle A rather slow book that won t appeal to those who lack the patience to pore over the details of mid ninteenth century legal practice and the formation of the Republican National Party.


  24. This is a pretty decent story of a murder and the ensuing trial However, Abe didn t really have a lot to do with it The value here is the detail of Lincoln s Springfield, but not a whole lot of insight into the man himself


  25. As a member of the legal profession, I m glad to know that our greatest president was also a great lawyer This book provides new insights into Lincoln s character, and the practice of law in the 1850s A quick and interesting read.


  26. Full of wonderful details of social and political history, especially what it was like to be a lawyer and follow the circuit Reveals the progress of Lincoln s ability to capture an audience with his speeches.


  27. The title is a little misleading because he really didn t get involved in the case until the very end and then he rocked it I learned so much about him.he was brilliant in so many waysABSOLUTELY loved this book


  28. The court case is sprinkled throughout the book, it is not a whodunit The book describes the birth of the Republican Party in 1856 Lincoln later became the first Republican President.


  29. If you like American history, this book will provide background on Lincoln and the times before he was president and how the US was struggling with the slavery issue on a state basis.



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