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, Crime, True Crime, North American Hi..., American History, Historical

Reviews Lincoln's Last Trial

  • Darwin8u
    "Talk to the jury as though your client's fate depends on every word you utter. Forget that you have any one to fall back upon, and you will do justice to yourself and your client."- Abraham LincolnThere are many levels of biography and history. There are academic books, published by small academic presses. There are popular biographies, written by journalists, etc., that tend to follow a more narrative-style. Obviously, Dan Abram's short history...
  • 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...
  • Alina
    As a person who has never heard of Lincoln's last murder case, I found this book very informative. Not only Abe Lincoln was yet again proven to be a great leader but he had an amazing ability to win a case that was set for failure from the beginning.For those who do not know the case, Peachy Quinn Harrison had stabbed Greek Crafton during a fight. Days earlier the two had another clash during town's gathering and both made treats against each oth...
  • Shoshana
    What a fascinating book this is. Reading like a novel, it reveals the history of a murder case in which Abraham Lincoln defended an accused young man in Springfield, Illinois, in 1859. Due to the great good fortune of a transcript of the trial being found in the 1980’s, we are able to follow the trial almost verbatim from that hot summer so long ago.Before the development of stenography, verbatim transcripts of trials simply didn’t exist. We ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Kathy
    Lincoln's Last Trial is a well-written, compelling telling of Lincoln's last major case (a murder trial) prior to his election as the 16th President. Told through the point of view of Robert Hitt, scribe to the trial, whose handwritten manuscript of the trial discovered in 1989 is the basis of the book, we learn how well-respected Lincoln was as a lawyer and a man. His decades long law practice had spread his reputation far and wide in Illinois, ...
  • 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.
  • Paul
    A great pleasure to read. This book is a must-read, not only for Lincoln fans and history buffs, but for anyone who loves the law, or who reveres the rule of law, and it’s vital importance to American freedom and democracy. Lawyers and law students, especially, will be inspired by this book.
  • 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.
  • Gwen
    This is a fascinating read about a subject that is not well known: Lincoln's last trial before he became President. He had been a lawyer for a long time and was quite well known throughout the territory of being an accomplished attorney. The book is based on the manuscript of the scribe during the trial. Great story but you do get distracted by the diversions of Lincoln's other trials.
  • 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.
  • Michele
    Very readable account of Lincoln's last trial that took place in 1859 Springfield Illinois. It was fascinating to read about Lincoln's prowess in the courtroom and his folksy manner that endeared him to the common man.
  • Deborah Cleaves
    Not the best storyteller.The author is not a good storyteller, yet the story itself is sufficiently compelling to drive the reader forward at this rare and personal glimpse of a man we will never know but wish we could.
  • Sherry
    Great detail.
  • Jill
    I thought this was very interesting and read like a normal fiction book.
  • 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.