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ISBN: 1433204444
Author: foreword by Douglas Brinkley,Julie M. Fenster
Language: English
Publisher: Blackstone Audio Inc.; Unabridged edition (October 30, 2007)
Category: Leaders & Notable People
Subcategory: Biography
Rating: 4.8
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In a book that pays a great deal of attention to the much ignored legal career of Abraham Lincoln on the 8th circuit, the author .

In a book that pays a great deal of attention to the much ignored legal career of Abraham Lincoln on the 8th circuit, the author manages to deftly weave a story of Lincoln's behavior in 1856. 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 th I wish this book was about what it said it was.

Abraham Lincoln in 1856 was at a difficult point, personally. Then in May of 1856, he became drawn to the case of the gruesome murder of a blacksmith named George Anderson. Depressed, edgy, and often despondent, he had grown bored with his work as a lawyer. Lincoln was asked to take part in the case, and he did so with zeal. The Anderson case reflected a dark world hidden within the optimism and innocence of the young Illinois city of Springfield. With the Anderson murder, Lincoln’s legal skills were challenged as never before, and it became the case that defined his legal career.

In 1856, Abraham Lincoln was at a difficult point, personally Then, in May of 1856, he became drawn to the case of the gruesome murder of a blacksmith named George Anderson.

In 1856, Abraham Lincoln was at a difficult point, personally. He saw himself as a former congressman with little future in politics. Then, in May of 1856, he became drawn to the case of the gruesome murder of a blacksmith named George Anderson. The Anderson case reflected a dark world hidden within the optimism and innocence of the young Illinois city of Springfield

In 1856, Abraham Lincoln was at a personal crossroads Julie M. Fenster is the co-author (with Douglas Brinkley) of The New York Times bestseller Parish Priest

In 1856, Abraham Lincoln was at a personal crossroads. Julie M. Fenster is the co-author (with Douglas Brinkley) of The New York Times bestseller Parish Priest. Jefferson's America: The President, the Purchase, and the Explorers Who Transformed a Nation.

Later that year, the gruesome murder of a Springfield blacksmith provided the case that defined Lincoln s legal career.

3. Description this book In 1856, Abraham Lincoln was at a personal crossroads. Often despondent, he had grown bored with his work as a lawyer. He was beginning to see himself as just a former Congressman, without much of a future in politics. Later that year, the gruesome murder of a Springfield blacksmith provided the case that defined Lincoln s legal career. The string of lurid revelations that followed the crime became front page news across the country, putting Lincoln back in the national spotlight.

A Story of Adultery, Murder, and the Making of a Great President . 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.

A Story of Adultery, Murder and the Making of a Great President. Through the lens of a sensational 1856 Springfield, Il. murder case, a historian focuses on Abraham Lincoln the lawyer and politician, four years before his election to the presidency. Was blacksmith George Anderson slowly poisoned by his adulterous wife before her lover, Anderson’s own impatient nephew, finally finished him off with a bloody hammer? The local citizenry certainly thought so. Narrated by Hillary Huber. This book takes one from the mystery of the Anderson case, as investigated by Abraham Lincoln, to the mystery of Lincoln, as investigated by the author.

The Case of Abraham Lincoln: A Story of Adultery, Murder, and the Making of a Great President. This is an interesting and well-written examination of a relationship that greatly influenced policy and politics at the onset of the New Deal. Jay Freeman, Booklist. Fenster presents first-rate insights into Howe's motivations and the ways in which he overcame Eleanor's initial dislike to become an important political mentor to her. This enjoyable read will appeal to presidential history buffs and those interested in the evolving role of the presidential assistant. Essential for all collections on .

Julie M. Fenster is the co-author (with Douglas Brinkley) of "The New York Times" bestseller "Parish Priest," Her books include the award-winning "Ether Day "and "Race of the Century," A regular contributor to "American Heritage," Fenster has also written for "The New York Times "and th. . Fenster is the co-author (with Douglas Brinkley) of "The New York Times" bestseller "Parish Priest," Her books include the award-winning "Ether Day "and "Race of the Century," A regular contributor to "American Heritage," Fenster has also written for "The New York Times "and the "Los Angeles Times.

Abraham Lincoln in 1856 was at a difficult point, personally. Depressed, edgy, and often despondent, he had grown bored with his work as a lawyer. He saw himself as a former congressman with little future in politics. Then in May of 1856, he became drawn to the case of the gruesome murder of a blacksmith named George Anderson. Lincoln was asked to take part in the case, and he did so with zeal. The Anderson case reflected a dark world hidden within the optimism and innocence of the young Illinois city of Springfield. With the Anderson murder, Lincoln's legal skills were challenged as never before, and it became the case that defined his legal career.

This book takes one from the mystery of the Anderson case, as investigated by Abraham Lincoln, to the mystery of Lincoln, as investigated by the author.

Comments:

Xig
The book does discuss the legal wrangling associated with the death/murder of George Anderson, but (as other reviewers have noted) Lincoln's involvement in that case was discussed late in the book and occupied only a few pages. It was a good mystery: By the conclusion of the book, I had an urge to dig up George Anderson's body and have analysts discover whether he had actually been poisoned by strychnine, or if some other explanation existed for his illness.

Both in the Anderson trial and in other legal work chronicled by Fenster, Lincoln proves himself thoughtful rather than impulsive, unbiased, compassionate, fair-minded and practical. Those were precisely the skills needed by the American president in 1860-1865. So although the book isn't really "about" the Anderson case, an examination of Lincoln's legal career creates a context for understanding the later actions of the man who successfully guided the nation through its Civil War.

Far more interesting (to me) were those passages in the book devoted to Lincoln's efforts to create the Republican party in 1856. While others (Democrats, Whigs, Know-Nothings) were more passionate about the central issues of the day (slavery, disunion), Lincoln played the role of political philosopher and helped navigate the group between perils on all sides. Events surrounding his "Lost Speech" to delegates at the Illinois Republican Convention provides (for me) the most compelling and exciting portion of the book (chapter 8). Whereas Gary Wills's "Lincoln at Gettysburg" emphasizes how Lincoln's famous address (1863) rededicated America to the principles animating the Declaration of Independence four score and seven years earlier, Fenster shows Lincoln already dedicated to the Declaration's principles in 1856. The restoration of those principles was, for him and his followers, the central mission of the new Republican Party.

The year 1856 was when Lincoln began his ascendancy from local celebrity to playing on the national stage. Fenster's very interesting, very readable book describes Lincoln's methods, instincts and passions at that critical moment.
Tejar
I heard Julie Fenster on the radio during her tour of Indiana, and something about her clever, no-nonsense way of speaking sparked my interest in her book - the first "political" book I've bought since I don't know when. The book didn't disappoint. It's highly readable, in the style of Walter Lord or Barbara Tuchman. And it's not overwhelming. It follows Lincoln through the course of five or six months, simultaneously recording the events of a murder case which culminates his year. I got what I wanted...a taste of Lincoln's moods and his reactions to unusual situations. I highly recommend the book, and not just to Lincoln-o-philes. It's a treat for anyone who likes history served up with a distinctive literary voice.
Magis
A view back on the trial attorney, Mr. Lincoln, during a critical year (1856), as the just emerging Republican Party takes hold in Illinois. Will be greatly enjoyed by all those interested in the pre-presidential Lincoln and the state court system within which he operated while living in Springfield.

In her compelling story, Ms. Fenster gracefully, and with nice touches of humor, interweaves and captures the day-by-day life of Mr. Lincoln and other lawyers riding circuit; the mystery of a major local murder case; and Mr. Lincoln's concurrent political spade work related to building a party to block the expansion of slavery. One better understands from reading this book the talents, drive, and personal character of Abraham Lincoln: they ultimately served to lead him to the White House and greatness.
Weetont
While the title is a bit deceptive (the legal case doesn't figure as much as it would suggest), this is still a well-written book on a pivotal year in Lincoln's life. Ms. Fenster brings out quite a bit of information I'd never known and paints an engaging picture of life in Lincoln's Springfield. This is an enjoyable book that history buffs and Lincoln fans will enjoy equally.
Tejora
Good, but was waiting for more!
Zieryn
A great street level perspective recounting of a pivotal year in Lincoln's life.
zmejka
If you are a Lincoln buff, this is a very interesting point of view.
I thought this was a good addition to my small Lincoln library. The book covers his years as a lawyer and combines it with a mysterious murder as well as Lincolns' rise to prominence in politics. Though not a lengthy book, I found the subject matter rather fascinating.

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