Lincoln's Last Trial: The Murder Case That Propelled Him to the Presidency

Lincoln's Last Trial: The Murder Case That Propelled Him to the Presidency

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 m The true story of Abraham Lincoln's last murder trial, a strange case in which he had a deep personal involvement--and wh...

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Title:Lincoln's Last Trial: The Murder Case That Propelled Him to the Presidency
Author:Dan Abrams
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Genres:History
ISBN:1335424695
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:368 pages pages

Lincoln's Last Trial: The Murder Case That Propelled Him to the Presidency Reviews

  • Joanna
    Sep 16, 2018

    "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 Lincoln There are many levels of biography and history. There are academic books, publ...

    The 2 star rating is more of an average than anything. This book deserves at least 4.5 stars for presenting a legal case that is interesting enough on its own, let alone because it includes insights into Abraham Lincoln pre-presidency. I was quickly caught up in the case and kept r...

    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 t...

    This book first grabbed my attention when I read that it was written from the original 1859 transcript that was found in the defendant?s great grandson?s garage, back in 1989. It seems crazy that such a valuable piece of history was simply in a shoebox. 22 yr old Simeon (Peachy) Q...

    ?Ask yourself: what is the justice in this case?? A. Lincoln Exhaustive review of a trial transcript with explanatory amplifications. By the authors? own admission, Lincoln was already headed toward the presidency, and their work gives no indication how it ?propelled him to ...

    [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 presiden...

    You can see how this book was put together. The author did a prodigious amount of research to put this together. He had a good place to start. The trial in focus was one of the first in downstate Illinois that had a trial transcript. It wasn?t complete in our sense of modern court tr...

    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 ca...

    This was well-written if you like narrative non-fiction, and I did appreciate hearing more about the pre-Presidency Lincoln, but for the most part, this is just a blow-by-blow of a trial that happened over 150 years ago, with a lot of color commentary about how amazing Lincoln is. I...

    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...

    I would have to call this a 4-, because of some flaws, but I enjoyed it tremendously. I love courtroom dramas, and this one was real! Plus it was Abraham Lincoln! It is well-told, sounding more like a novel than nonfiction, although there is lots of very interesting history woven in. I...

    Lincoln's Last Trial was my third Lincoln book this year, but like the others had its own purpose that provided a focus and insight on Lincoln that made it a worthy read. It's also a very easy read, written mostly like a novel, and can be read in just a few sittings. Lincoln tried 27 m...

    An old transcript of a criminal trial found in an attic in 1989? Yes, please! Fascinating stuff, made even more so especially as hand written accounts were just coming into use in 1859 AND this one just happens to be of the last accused man defended by Lincoln before becoming president...

    Just when you thought there was not another angle to find to write a new Lincoln book, here is a book that looks at the last major trial Lincoln was involved with as a lawyer before he became President. The story tries to work like a novel and uses transcriptions from the trial in an a...

    Overall, I liked this book. It is interesting to think that Robert Hitt?s transcript of the trial is used to provide an actual account by an eyewitness to the proceedings. The book provides a look at Lincoln?s life as a trial lawyer that I have not read much about before. It also s...

    Lincoln's Last Trial was a free book I received from the local library summer reading program. Other than the fact it was way too detailed and full of far too many words, I did learn much of our 1800's era law and so much about Lincoln. He was not only very respectful and honest, he wa...

    Fine but workmanlike book about Lincoln's last chief effort as a lawyer, before he is nominated for and wins the Presidency. The author prefaces the book with an explanation that all within it can be substantiated either by court documents, media or personal records; this makes for...

    3.5 stars, rounded up. This was by turns brilliant and boring, sometimes engaging and sometimes not. I started to feel it was repetitive at about the half way point, but then it picked up steam and I really enjoyed the last hundred pages. If not for book group I likely would have aband...

  • Mike
    Jul 11, 2018

    "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 Lincoln There are many levels of biography and history. There are academic books, publ...

    The 2 star rating is more of an average than anything. This book deserves at least 4.5 stars for presenting a legal case that is interesting enough on its own, let alone because it includes insights into Abraham Lincoln pre-presidency. I was quickly caught up in the case and kept r...

    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 t...

    This book first grabbed my attention when I read that it was written from the original 1859 transcript that was found in the defendant?s great grandson?s garage, back in 1989. It seems crazy that such a valuable piece of history was simply in a shoebox. 22 yr old Simeon (Peachy) Q...

    ?Ask yourself: what is the justice in this case?? A. Lincoln Exhaustive review of a trial transcript with explanatory amplifications. By the authors? own admission, Lincoln was already headed toward the presidency, and their work gives no indication how it ?propelled him to ...

    [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 presiden...

    You can see how this book was put together. The author did a prodigious amount of research to put this together. He had a good place to start. The trial in focus was one of the first in downstate Illinois that had a trial transcript. It wasn?t complete in our sense of modern court tr...

    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 ca...

    This was well-written if you like narrative non-fiction, and I did appreciate hearing more about the pre-Presidency Lincoln, but for the most part, this is just a blow-by-blow of a trial that happened over 150 years ago, with a lot of color commentary about how amazing Lincoln is. I...

    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...

    I would have to call this a 4-, because of some flaws, but I enjoyed it tremendously. I love courtroom dramas, and this one was real! Plus it was Abraham Lincoln! It is well-told, sounding more like a novel than nonfiction, although there is lots of very interesting history woven in. I...

    Lincoln's Last Trial was my third Lincoln book this year, but like the others had its own purpose that provided a focus and insight on Lincoln that made it a worthy read. It's also a very easy read, written mostly like a novel, and can be read in just a few sittings. Lincoln tried 27 m...

    An old transcript of a criminal trial found in an attic in 1989? Yes, please! Fascinating stuff, made even more so especially as hand written accounts were just coming into use in 1859 AND this one just happens to be of the last accused man defended by Lincoln before becoming president...

    Just when you thought there was not another angle to find to write a new Lincoln book, here is a book that looks at the last major trial Lincoln was involved with as a lawyer before he became President. The story tries to work like a novel and uses transcriptions from the trial in an a...

  • Nick
    Apr 12, 2018

    "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 Lincoln There are many levels of biography and history. There are academic books, publ...

    The 2 star rating is more of an average than anything. This book deserves at least 4.5 stars for presenting a legal case that is interesting enough on its own, let alone because it includes insights into Abraham Lincoln pre-presidency. I was quickly caught up in the case and kept r...

    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 t...

    This book first grabbed my attention when I read that it was written from the original 1859 transcript that was found in the defendant?s great grandson?s garage, back in 1989. It seems crazy that such a valuable piece of history was simply in a shoebox. 22 yr old Simeon (Peachy) Q...

    ?Ask yourself: what is the justice in this case?? A. Lincoln Exhaustive review of a trial transcript with explanatory amplifications. By the authors? own admission, Lincoln was already headed toward the presidency, and their work gives no indication how it ?propelled him to ...

    [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 presiden...

    You can see how this book was put together. The author did a prodigious amount of research to put this together. He had a good place to start. The trial in focus was one of the first in downstate Illinois that had a trial transcript. It wasn?t complete in our sense of modern court tr...

    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 ca...

    This was well-written if you like narrative non-fiction, and I did appreciate hearing more about the pre-Presidency Lincoln, but for the most part, this is just a blow-by-blow of a trial that happened over 150 years ago, with a lot of color commentary about how amazing Lincoln is. I...

    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...

  • Nathan Albright
    Dec 26, 2017

    "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 Lincoln There are many levels of biography and history. There are academic books, publ...

    The 2 star rating is more of an average than anything. This book deserves at least 4.5 stars for presenting a legal case that is interesting enough on its own, let alone because it includes insights into Abraham Lincoln pre-presidency. I was quickly caught up in the case and kept r...

    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 t...

    This book first grabbed my attention when I read that it was written from the original 1859 transcript that was found in the defendant?s great grandson?s garage, back in 1989. It seems crazy that such a valuable piece of history was simply in a shoebox. 22 yr old Simeon (Peachy) Q...

    ?Ask yourself: what is the justice in this case?? A. Lincoln Exhaustive review of a trial transcript with explanatory amplifications. By the authors? own admission, Lincoln was already headed toward the presidency, and their work gives no indication how it ?propelled him to ...

    [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 presiden...

  • Ron
    Sep 20, 2018

    "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 Lincoln There are many levels of biography and history. There are academic books, publ...

    The 2 star rating is more of an average than anything. This book deserves at least 4.5 stars for presenting a legal case that is interesting enough on its own, let alone because it includes insights into Abraham Lincoln pre-presidency. I was quickly caught up in the case and kept r...

    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 t...

    This book first grabbed my attention when I read that it was written from the original 1859 transcript that was found in the defendant?s great grandson?s garage, back in 1989. It seems crazy that such a valuable piece of history was simply in a shoebox. 22 yr old Simeon (Peachy) Q...

    ?Ask yourself: what is the justice in this case?? A. Lincoln Exhaustive review of a trial transcript with explanatory amplifications. By the authors? own admission, Lincoln was already headed toward the presidency, and their work gives no indication how it ?propelled him to ...

  • Jay
    Jul 24, 2018

    "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 Lincoln There are many levels of biography and history. There are academic books, publ...

    The 2 star rating is more of an average than anything. This book deserves at least 4.5 stars for presenting a legal case that is interesting enough on its own, let alone because it includes insights into Abraham Lincoln pre-presidency. I was quickly caught up in the case and kept r...

    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 t...

    This book first grabbed my attention when I read that it was written from the original 1859 transcript that was found in the defendant?s great grandson?s garage, back in 1989. It seems crazy that such a valuable piece of history was simply in a shoebox. 22 yr old Simeon (Peachy) Q...

    ?Ask yourself: what is the justice in this case?? A. Lincoln Exhaustive review of a trial transcript with explanatory amplifications. By the authors? own admission, Lincoln was already headed toward the presidency, and their work gives no indication how it ?propelled him to ...

    [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 presiden...

    You can see how this book was put together. The author did a prodigious amount of research to put this together. He had a good place to start. The trial in focus was one of the first in downstate Illinois that had a trial transcript. It wasn?t complete in our sense of modern court tr...

  • Ross
    Aug 09, 2018

    "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 Lincoln There are many levels of biography and history. There are academic books, publ...

    The 2 star rating is more of an average than anything. This book deserves at least 4.5 stars for presenting a legal case that is interesting enough on its own, let alone because it includes insights into Abraham Lincoln pre-presidency. I was quickly caught up in the case and kept r...

    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 t...

    This book first grabbed my attention when I read that it was written from the original 1859 transcript that was found in the defendant?s great grandson?s garage, back in 1989. It seems crazy that such a valuable piece of history was simply in a shoebox. 22 yr old Simeon (Peachy) Q...

    ?Ask yourself: what is the justice in this case?? A. Lincoln Exhaustive review of a trial transcript with explanatory amplifications. By the authors? own admission, Lincoln was already headed toward the presidency, and their work gives no indication how it ?propelled him to ...

    [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 presiden...

    You can see how this book was put together. The author did a prodigious amount of research to put this together. He had a good place to start. The trial in focus was one of the first in downstate Illinois that had a trial transcript. It wasn?t complete in our sense of modern court tr...

    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 ca...

    This was well-written if you like narrative non-fiction, and I did appreciate hearing more about the pre-Presidency Lincoln, but for the most part, this is just a blow-by-blow of a trial that happened over 150 years ago, with a lot of color commentary about how amazing Lincoln is. I...

    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...

    I would have to call this a 4-, because of some flaws, but I enjoyed it tremendously. I love courtroom dramas, and this one was real! Plus it was Abraham Lincoln! It is well-told, sounding more like a novel than nonfiction, although there is lots of very interesting history woven in. I...

    Lincoln's Last Trial was my third Lincoln book this year, but like the others had its own purpose that provided a focus and insight on Lincoln that made it a worthy read. It's also a very easy read, written mostly like a novel, and can be read in just a few sittings. Lincoln tried 27 m...

    An old transcript of a criminal trial found in an attic in 1989? Yes, please! Fascinating stuff, made even more so especially as hand written accounts were just coming into use in 1859 AND this one just happens to be of the last accused man defended by Lincoln before becoming president...

    Just when you thought there was not another angle to find to write a new Lincoln book, here is a book that looks at the last major trial Lincoln was involved with as a lawyer before he became President. The story tries to work like a novel and uses transcriptions from the trial in an a...

    Overall, I liked this book. It is interesting to think that Robert Hitt?s transcript of the trial is used to provide an actual account by an eyewitness to the proceedings. The book provides a look at Lincoln?s life as a trial lawyer that I have not read much about before. It also s...

    Lincoln's Last Trial was a free book I received from the local library summer reading program. Other than the fact it was way too detailed and full of far too many words, I did learn much of our 1800's era law and so much about Lincoln. He was not only very respectful and honest, he wa...

    Fine but workmanlike book about Lincoln's last chief effort as a lawyer, before he is nominated for and wins the Presidency. The author prefaces the book with an explanation that all within it can be substantiated either by court documents, media or personal records; this makes for...

    3.5 stars, rounded up. This was by turns brilliant and boring, sometimes engaging and sometimes not. I started to feel it was repetitive at about the half way point, but then it picked up steam and I really enjoyed the last hundred pages. If not for book group I likely would have aband...

    Here is a very small part of why I enjoyed this book: ?...Hitt?s original transcript of the trial was...discovered in 1989 in a shoebox stored in the garage of the... defendant?s great-grandson.? (Hitt was the equivalent of the court reporter.) ...

    Best Non Fiction Book of 2018 (for me) ...

    Decent overall - some parts I found really boring, but it was interesting take on Lincoln as a lawyer and the history of the criminal justice system. ...

    Short Lincoln tale Interesting view of the state of law in mid 1800s and the intersection of the lives of the main players thereafter. Bathe story is well told. ...

    This is about the last case that Abraham Lincoln had to try before he decided to run for President. Its a very interesting read to learn about the person who transcribed the trial and whatvthe case was about. I like the fact that Dan Abrams write it as he gave a legal point ofnview tow...

    I selected this book with the understanding that it was history, but it turned out to be a novel. Albeit an historical novel, but still a novel with more than 50% of the text made up by the author. I gave up reading novels 15 years ago to concentrate on nonfiction in which I learned ...

  • Paul
    Sep 01, 2018

    "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 Lincoln There are many levels of biography and history. There are academic books, publ...

    The 2 star rating is more of an average than anything. This book deserves at least 4.5 stars for presenting a legal case that is interesting enough on its own, let alone because it includes insights into Abraham Lincoln pre-presidency. I was quickly caught up in the case and kept r...

    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 t...

    This book first grabbed my attention when I read that it was written from the original 1859 transcript that was found in the defendant?s great grandson?s garage, back in 1989. It seems crazy that such a valuable piece of history was simply in a shoebox. 22 yr old Simeon (Peachy) Q...

    ?Ask yourself: what is the justice in this case?? A. Lincoln Exhaustive review of a trial transcript with explanatory amplifications. By the authors? own admission, Lincoln was already headed toward the presidency, and their work gives no indication how it ?propelled him to ...

    [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 presiden...

    You can see how this book was put together. The author did a prodigious amount of research to put this together. He had a good place to start. The trial in focus was one of the first in downstate Illinois that had a trial transcript. It wasn?t complete in our sense of modern court tr...

    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 ca...

    This was well-written if you like narrative non-fiction, and I did appreciate hearing more about the pre-Presidency Lincoln, but for the most part, this is just a blow-by-blow of a trial that happened over 150 years ago, with a lot of color commentary about how amazing Lincoln is. I...

  • Angie Boyter
    Oct 18, 2018

    "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 Lincoln There are many levels of biography and history. There are academic books, publ...

    The 2 star rating is more of an average than anything. This book deserves at least 4.5 stars for presenting a legal case that is interesting enough on its own, let alone because it includes insights into Abraham Lincoln pre-presidency. I was quickly caught up in the case and kept r...

    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 t...

    This book first grabbed my attention when I read that it was written from the original 1859 transcript that was found in the defendant?s great grandson?s garage, back in 1989. It seems crazy that such a valuable piece of history was simply in a shoebox. 22 yr old Simeon (Peachy) Q...

    ?Ask yourself: what is the justice in this case?? A. Lincoln Exhaustive review of a trial transcript with explanatory amplifications. By the authors? own admission, Lincoln was already headed toward the presidency, and their work gives no indication how it ?propelled him to ...

    [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 presiden...

    You can see how this book was put together. The author did a prodigious amount of research to put this together. He had a good place to start. The trial in focus was one of the first in downstate Illinois that had a trial transcript. It wasn?t complete in our sense of modern court tr...

    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 ca...

    This was well-written if you like narrative non-fiction, and I did appreciate hearing more about the pre-Presidency Lincoln, but for the most part, this is just a blow-by-blow of a trial that happened over 150 years ago, with a lot of color commentary about how amazing Lincoln is. I...

    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...

    I would have to call this a 4-, because of some flaws, but I enjoyed it tremendously. I love courtroom dramas, and this one was real! Plus it was Abraham Lincoln! It is well-told, sounding more like a novel than nonfiction, although there is lots of very interesting history woven in. I...

  • Shoshana
    Jun 05, 2018

    "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 Lincoln There are many levels of biography and history. There are academic books, publ...

    The 2 star rating is more of an average than anything. This book deserves at least 4.5 stars for presenting a legal case that is interesting enough on its own, let alone because it includes insights into Abraham Lincoln pre-presidency. I was quickly caught up in the case and kept r...

    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 t...

  • Lisa
    Sep 09, 2018

    "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 Lincoln There are many levels of biography and history. There are academic books, publ...

    The 2 star rating is more of an average than anything. This book deserves at least 4.5 stars for presenting a legal case that is interesting enough on its own, let alone because it includes insights into Abraham Lincoln pre-presidency. I was quickly caught up in the case and kept r...

    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 t...

    This book first grabbed my attention when I read that it was written from the original 1859 transcript that was found in the defendant?s great grandson?s garage, back in 1989. It seems crazy that such a valuable piece of history was simply in a shoebox. 22 yr old Simeon (Peachy) Q...

    ?Ask yourself: what is the justice in this case?? A. Lincoln Exhaustive review of a trial transcript with explanatory amplifications. By the authors? own admission, Lincoln was already headed toward the presidency, and their work gives no indication how it ?propelled him to ...

    [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 presiden...

    You can see how this book was put together. The author did a prodigious amount of research to put this together. He had a good place to start. The trial in focus was one of the first in downstate Illinois that had a trial transcript. It wasn?t complete in our sense of modern court tr...

    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 ca...

    This was well-written if you like narrative non-fiction, and I did appreciate hearing more about the pre-Presidency Lincoln, but for the most part, this is just a blow-by-blow of a trial that happened over 150 years ago, with a lot of color commentary about how amazing Lincoln is. I...

    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...

    I would have to call this a 4-, because of some flaws, but I enjoyed it tremendously. I love courtroom dramas, and this one was real! Plus it was Abraham Lincoln! It is well-told, sounding more like a novel than nonfiction, although there is lots of very interesting history woven in. I...

    Lincoln's Last Trial was my third Lincoln book this year, but like the others had its own purpose that provided a focus and insight on Lincoln that made it a worthy read. It's also a very easy read, written mostly like a novel, and can be read in just a few sittings. Lincoln tried 27 m...

    An old transcript of a criminal trial found in an attic in 1989? Yes, please! Fascinating stuff, made even more so especially as hand written accounts were just coming into use in 1859 AND this one just happens to be of the last accused man defended by Lincoln before becoming president...

  • Lee
    Aug 01, 2018

    "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 Lincoln There are many levels of biography and history. There are academic books, publ...

    The 2 star rating is more of an average than anything. This book deserves at least 4.5 stars for presenting a legal case that is interesting enough on its own, let alone because it includes insights into Abraham Lincoln pre-presidency. I was quickly caught up in the case and kept r...

    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 t...

    This book first grabbed my attention when I read that it was written from the original 1859 transcript that was found in the defendant?s great grandson?s garage, back in 1989. It seems crazy that such a valuable piece of history was simply in a shoebox. 22 yr old Simeon (Peachy) Q...

    ?Ask yourself: what is the justice in this case?? A. Lincoln Exhaustive review of a trial transcript with explanatory amplifications. By the authors? own admission, Lincoln was already headed toward the presidency, and their work gives no indication how it ?propelled him to ...

    [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 presiden...

    You can see how this book was put together. The author did a prodigious amount of research to put this together. He had a good place to start. The trial in focus was one of the first in downstate Illinois that had a trial transcript. It wasn?t complete in our sense of modern court tr...

    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 ca...

    This was well-written if you like narrative non-fiction, and I did appreciate hearing more about the pre-Presidency Lincoln, but for the most part, this is just a blow-by-blow of a trial that happened over 150 years ago, with a lot of color commentary about how amazing Lincoln is. I...

    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...

    I would have to call this a 4-, because of some flaws, but I enjoyed it tremendously. I love courtroom dramas, and this one was real! Plus it was Abraham Lincoln! It is well-told, sounding more like a novel than nonfiction, although there is lots of very interesting history woven in. I...

    Lincoln's Last Trial was my third Lincoln book this year, but like the others had its own purpose that provided a focus and insight on Lincoln that made it a worthy read. It's also a very easy read, written mostly like a novel, and can be read in just a few sittings. Lincoln tried 27 m...

  • Kristi Thielen
    Aug 29, 2018

    "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 Lincoln There are many levels of biography and history. There are academic books, publ...

    The 2 star rating is more of an average than anything. This book deserves at least 4.5 stars for presenting a legal case that is interesting enough on its own, let alone because it includes insights into Abraham Lincoln pre-presidency. I was quickly caught up in the case and kept r...

    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 t...

    This book first grabbed my attention when I read that it was written from the original 1859 transcript that was found in the defendant?s great grandson?s garage, back in 1989. It seems crazy that such a valuable piece of history was simply in a shoebox. 22 yr old Simeon (Peachy) Q...

    ?Ask yourself: what is the justice in this case?? A. Lincoln Exhaustive review of a trial transcript with explanatory amplifications. By the authors? own admission, Lincoln was already headed toward the presidency, and their work gives no indication how it ?propelled him to ...

    [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 presiden...

    You can see how this book was put together. The author did a prodigious amount of research to put this together. He had a good place to start. The trial in focus was one of the first in downstate Illinois that had a trial transcript. It wasn?t complete in our sense of modern court tr...

    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 ca...

    This was well-written if you like narrative non-fiction, and I did appreciate hearing more about the pre-Presidency Lincoln, but for the most part, this is just a blow-by-blow of a trial that happened over 150 years ago, with a lot of color commentary about how amazing Lincoln is. I...

    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...

    I would have to call this a 4-, because of some flaws, but I enjoyed it tremendously. I love courtroom dramas, and this one was real! Plus it was Abraham Lincoln! It is well-told, sounding more like a novel than nonfiction, although there is lots of very interesting history woven in. I...

    Lincoln's Last Trial was my third Lincoln book this year, but like the others had its own purpose that provided a focus and insight on Lincoln that made it a worthy read. It's also a very easy read, written mostly like a novel, and can be read in just a few sittings. Lincoln tried 27 m...

    An old transcript of a criminal trial found in an attic in 1989? Yes, please! Fascinating stuff, made even more so especially as hand written accounts were just coming into use in 1859 AND this one just happens to be of the last accused man defended by Lincoln before becoming president...

    Just when you thought there was not another angle to find to write a new Lincoln book, here is a book that looks at the last major trial Lincoln was involved with as a lawyer before he became President. The story tries to work like a novel and uses transcriptions from the trial in an a...

    Overall, I liked this book. It is interesting to think that Robert Hitt?s transcript of the trial is used to provide an actual account by an eyewitness to the proceedings. The book provides a look at Lincoln?s life as a trial lawyer that I have not read much about before. It also s...

    Lincoln's Last Trial was a free book I received from the local library summer reading program. Other than the fact it was way too detailed and full of far too many words, I did learn much of our 1800's era law and so much about Lincoln. He was not only very respectful and honest, he wa...

    Fine but workmanlike book about Lincoln's last chief effort as a lawyer, before he is nominated for and wins the Presidency. The author prefaces the book with an explanation that all within it can be substantiated either by court documents, media or personal records; this makes for...

  • Sarah -  All The Book Blog Names Are Taken
    Feb 18, 2018

    "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 Lincoln There are many levels of biography and history. There are academic books, publ...

    The 2 star rating is more of an average than anything. This book deserves at least 4.5 stars for presenting a legal case that is interesting enough on its own, let alone because it includes insights into Abraham Lincoln pre-presidency. I was quickly caught up in the case and kept r...

    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 t...

    This book first grabbed my attention when I read that it was written from the original 1859 transcript that was found in the defendant?s great grandson?s garage, back in 1989. It seems crazy that such a valuable piece of history was simply in a shoebox. 22 yr old Simeon (Peachy) Q...

    ?Ask yourself: what is the justice in this case?? A. Lincoln Exhaustive review of a trial transcript with explanatory amplifications. By the authors? own admission, Lincoln was already headed toward the presidency, and their work gives no indication how it ?propelled him to ...

    [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 presiden...

    You can see how this book was put together. The author did a prodigious amount of research to put this together. He had a good place to start. The trial in focus was one of the first in downstate Illinois that had a trial transcript. It wasn?t complete in our sense of modern court tr...

    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 ca...

    This was well-written if you like narrative non-fiction, and I did appreciate hearing more about the pre-Presidency Lincoln, but for the most part, this is just a blow-by-blow of a trial that happened over 150 years ago, with a lot of color commentary about how amazing Lincoln is. I...

    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...

    I would have to call this a 4-, because of some flaws, but I enjoyed it tremendously. I love courtroom dramas, and this one was real! Plus it was Abraham Lincoln! It is well-told, sounding more like a novel than nonfiction, although there is lots of very interesting history woven in. I...

    Lincoln's Last Trial was my third Lincoln book this year, but like the others had its own purpose that provided a focus and insight on Lincoln that made it a worthy read. It's also a very easy read, written mostly like a novel, and can be read in just a few sittings. Lincoln tried 27 m...

    An old transcript of a criminal trial found in an attic in 1989? Yes, please! Fascinating stuff, made even more so especially as hand written accounts were just coming into use in 1859 AND this one just happens to be of the last accused man defended by Lincoln before becoming president...

    Just when you thought there was not another angle to find to write a new Lincoln book, here is a book that looks at the last major trial Lincoln was involved with as a lawyer before he became President. The story tries to work like a novel and uses transcriptions from the trial in an a...

    Overall, I liked this book. It is interesting to think that Robert Hitt?s transcript of the trial is used to provide an actual account by an eyewitness to the proceedings. The book provides a look at Lincoln?s life as a trial lawyer that I have not read much about before. It also s...

    Lincoln's Last Trial was a free book I received from the local library summer reading program. Other than the fact it was way too detailed and full of far too many words, I did learn much of our 1800's era law and so much about Lincoln. He was not only very respectful and honest, he wa...

    Fine but workmanlike book about Lincoln's last chief effort as a lawyer, before he is nominated for and wins the Presidency. The author prefaces the book with an explanation that all within it can be substantiated either by court documents, media or personal records; this makes for...

    3.5 stars, rounded up. This was by turns brilliant and boring, sometimes engaging and sometimes not. I started to feel it was repetitive at about the half way point, but then it picked up steam and I really enjoyed the last hundred pages. If not for book group I likely would have aband...

    Here is a very small part of why I enjoyed this book: ?...Hitt?s original transcript of the trial was...discovered in 1989 in a shoebox stored in the garage of the... defendant?s great-grandson.? (Hitt was the equivalent of the court reporter.) ...

    Best Non Fiction Book of 2018 (for me) ...

    Decent overall - some parts I found really boring, but it was interesting take on Lincoln as a lawyer and the history of the criminal justice system. ...

    Short Lincoln tale Interesting view of the state of law in mid 1800s and the intersection of the lives of the main players thereafter. Bathe story is well told. ...

    This is about the last case that Abraham Lincoln had to try before he decided to run for President. Its a very interesting read to learn about the person who transcribed the trial and whatvthe case was about. I like the fact that Dan Abrams write it as he gave a legal point ofnview tow...

    I selected this book with the understanding that it was history, but it turned out to be a novel. Albeit an historical novel, but still a novel with more than 50% of the text made up by the author. I gave up reading novels 15 years ago to concentrate on nonfiction in which I learned ...

    Lincoln?s true gift of speech Excellent book I love history and so little is known when Abe was an attorney. The author did a great job in putting this together and to have an actual written Transcript what a great discovery. ...

    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... ...

  • David Kent
    Aug 04, 2018

    "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 Lincoln There are many levels of biography and history. There are academic books, publ...

    The 2 star rating is more of an average than anything. This book deserves at least 4.5 stars for presenting a legal case that is interesting enough on its own, let alone because it includes insights into Abraham Lincoln pre-presidency. I was quickly caught up in the case and kept r...

    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 t...

    This book first grabbed my attention when I read that it was written from the original 1859 transcript that was found in the defendant?s great grandson?s garage, back in 1989. It seems crazy that such a valuable piece of history was simply in a shoebox. 22 yr old Simeon (Peachy) Q...

    ?Ask yourself: what is the justice in this case?? A. Lincoln Exhaustive review of a trial transcript with explanatory amplifications. By the authors? own admission, Lincoln was already headed toward the presidency, and their work gives no indication how it ?propelled him to ...

    [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 presiden...

    You can see how this book was put together. The author did a prodigious amount of research to put this together. He had a good place to start. The trial in focus was one of the first in downstate Illinois that had a trial transcript. It wasn?t complete in our sense of modern court tr...

    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 ca...

    This was well-written if you like narrative non-fiction, and I did appreciate hearing more about the pre-Presidency Lincoln, but for the most part, this is just a blow-by-blow of a trial that happened over 150 years ago, with a lot of color commentary about how amazing Lincoln is. I...

    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...

    I would have to call this a 4-, because of some flaws, but I enjoyed it tremendously. I love courtroom dramas, and this one was real! Plus it was Abraham Lincoln! It is well-told, sounding more like a novel than nonfiction, although there is lots of very interesting history woven in. I...

    Lincoln's Last Trial was my third Lincoln book this year, but like the others had its own purpose that provided a focus and insight on Lincoln that made it a worthy read. It's also a very easy read, written mostly like a novel, and can be read in just a few sittings. Lincoln tried 27 m...

    An old transcript of a criminal trial found in an attic in 1989? Yes, please! Fascinating stuff, made even more so especially as hand written accounts were just coming into use in 1859 AND this one just happens to be of the last accused man defended by Lincoln before becoming president...

    Just when you thought there was not another angle to find to write a new Lincoln book, here is a book that looks at the last major trial Lincoln was involved with as a lawyer before he became President. The story tries to work like a novel and uses transcriptions from the trial in an a...

    Overall, I liked this book. It is interesting to think that Robert Hitt?s transcript of the trial is used to provide an actual account by an eyewitness to the proceedings. The book provides a look at Lincoln?s life as a trial lawyer that I have not read much about before. It also s...

    Lincoln's Last Trial was a free book I received from the local library summer reading program. Other than the fact it was way too detailed and full of far too many words, I did learn much of our 1800's era law and so much about Lincoln. He was not only very respectful and honest, he wa...

    Fine but workmanlike book about Lincoln's last chief effort as a lawyer, before he is nominated for and wins the Presidency. The author prefaces the book with an explanation that all within it can be substantiated either by court documents, media or personal records; this makes for...

    3.5 stars, rounded up. This was by turns brilliant and boring, sometimes engaging and sometimes not. I started to feel it was repetitive at about the half way point, but then it picked up steam and I really enjoyed the last hundred pages. If not for book group I likely would have aband...

    Here is a very small part of why I enjoyed this book: ?...Hitt?s original transcript of the trial was...discovered in 1989 in a shoebox stored in the garage of the... defendant?s great-grandson.? (Hitt was the equivalent of the court reporter.) ...

    Best Non Fiction Book of 2018 (for me) ...

    Decent overall - some parts I found really boring, but it was interesting take on Lincoln as a lawyer and the history of the criminal justice system. ...

    Short Lincoln tale Interesting view of the state of law in mid 1800s and the intersection of the lives of the main players thereafter. Bathe story is well told. ...

    This is about the last case that Abraham Lincoln had to try before he decided to run for President. Its a very interesting read to learn about the person who transcribed the trial and whatvthe case was about. I like the fact that Dan Abrams write it as he gave a legal point ofnview tow...

    I selected this book with the understanding that it was history, but it turned out to be a novel. Albeit an historical novel, but still a novel with more than 50% of the text made up by the author. I gave up reading novels 15 years ago to concentrate on nonfiction in which I learned ...

    Lincoln?s true gift of speech Excellent book I love history and so little is known when Abe was an attorney. The author did a great job in putting this together and to have an actual written Transcript what a great discovery. ...

    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... ...

    The Only Honest Man in Illinois By Bob Gelms Abraham Lincoln is THE towering figure in American history. Nobody else comes close. Everyone in America knows him as a politician, and a pretty good one at that. Everyone in American also knows that Abe Lincoln was a lawyer but most do...

    When I review books, I use 3 criteria: 1. How well written is it? This book is well written and easy to read. It is just shy of 300 pages, but those are a quick 300 pages. The book is based off of an early stenographer's notes. Abrams' isn't really delving too much into extraneou...

    This was an engaging book that will give people who are not Lincoln scholars some insight into his personality and legal prowess. It will reach a broad audience, and that is a good thing. For scholars, the book is enjoyable to read; it's fluid, light style making it one that can be qui...

  • Jennifer
    Aug 05, 2018

    "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 Lincoln There are many levels of biography and history. There are academic books, publ...

    The 2 star rating is more of an average than anything. This book deserves at least 4.5 stars for presenting a legal case that is interesting enough on its own, let alone because it includes insights into Abraham Lincoln pre-presidency. I was quickly caught up in the case and kept r...

    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 t...

    This book first grabbed my attention when I read that it was written from the original 1859 transcript that was found in the defendant?s great grandson?s garage, back in 1989. It seems crazy that such a valuable piece of history was simply in a shoebox. 22 yr old Simeon (Peachy) Q...

    ?Ask yourself: what is the justice in this case?? A. Lincoln Exhaustive review of a trial transcript with explanatory amplifications. By the authors? own admission, Lincoln was already headed toward the presidency, and their work gives no indication how it ?propelled him to ...

    [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 presiden...

    You can see how this book was put together. The author did a prodigious amount of research to put this together. He had a good place to start. The trial in focus was one of the first in downstate Illinois that had a trial transcript. It wasn?t complete in our sense of modern court tr...

    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 ca...

    This was well-written if you like narrative non-fiction, and I did appreciate hearing more about the pre-Presidency Lincoln, but for the most part, this is just a blow-by-blow of a trial that happened over 150 years ago, with a lot of color commentary about how amazing Lincoln is. I...

    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...

    I would have to call this a 4-, because of some flaws, but I enjoyed it tremendously. I love courtroom dramas, and this one was real! Plus it was Abraham Lincoln! It is well-told, sounding more like a novel than nonfiction, although there is lots of very interesting history woven in. I...

    Lincoln's Last Trial was my third Lincoln book this year, but like the others had its own purpose that provided a focus and insight on Lincoln that made it a worthy read. It's also a very easy read, written mostly like a novel, and can be read in just a few sittings. Lincoln tried 27 m...

    An old transcript of a criminal trial found in an attic in 1989? Yes, please! Fascinating stuff, made even more so especially as hand written accounts were just coming into use in 1859 AND this one just happens to be of the last accused man defended by Lincoln before becoming president...

    Just when you thought there was not another angle to find to write a new Lincoln book, here is a book that looks at the last major trial Lincoln was involved with as a lawyer before he became President. The story tries to work like a novel and uses transcriptions from the trial in an a...

    Overall, I liked this book. It is interesting to think that Robert Hitt?s transcript of the trial is used to provide an actual account by an eyewitness to the proceedings. The book provides a look at Lincoln?s life as a trial lawyer that I have not read much about before. It also s...

    Lincoln's Last Trial was a free book I received from the local library summer reading program. Other than the fact it was way too detailed and full of far too many words, I did learn much of our 1800's era law and so much about Lincoln. He was not only very respectful and honest, he wa...

    Fine but workmanlike book about Lincoln's last chief effort as a lawyer, before he is nominated for and wins the Presidency. The author prefaces the book with an explanation that all within it can be substantiated either by court documents, media or personal records; this makes for...

    3.5 stars, rounded up. This was by turns brilliant and boring, sometimes engaging and sometimes not. I started to feel it was repetitive at about the half way point, but then it picked up steam and I really enjoyed the last hundred pages. If not for book group I likely would have aband...

    Here is a very small part of why I enjoyed this book: ?...Hitt?s original transcript of the trial was...discovered in 1989 in a shoebox stored in the garage of the... defendant?s great-grandson.? (Hitt was the equivalent of the court reporter.) ...

    Best Non Fiction Book of 2018 (for me) ...

    Decent overall - some parts I found really boring, but it was interesting take on Lincoln as a lawyer and the history of the criminal justice system. ...

  • Annmarie
    Jul 06, 2018

    "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 Lincoln There are many levels of biography and history. There are academic books, publ...

    The 2 star rating is more of an average than anything. This book deserves at least 4.5 stars for presenting a legal case that is interesting enough on its own, let alone because it includes insights into Abraham Lincoln pre-presidency. I was quickly caught up in the case and kept r...

  • Darwin8u
    Jun 19, 2018

    "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 Lincoln There are many levels of biography and history. There are academic books, publ...

  • Mudkip
    Jul 10, 2018

    "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 Lincoln There are many levels of biography and history. There are academic books, publ...

    The 2 star rating is more of an average than anything. This book deserves at least 4.5 stars for presenting a legal case that is interesting enough on its own, let alone because it includes insights into Abraham Lincoln pre-presidency. I was quickly caught up in the case and kept r...

    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 t...

    This book first grabbed my attention when I read that it was written from the original 1859 transcript that was found in the defendant?s great grandson?s garage, back in 1989. It seems crazy that such a valuable piece of history was simply in a shoebox. 22 yr old Simeon (Peachy) Q...

    ?Ask yourself: what is the justice in this case?? A. Lincoln Exhaustive review of a trial transcript with explanatory amplifications. By the authors? own admission, Lincoln was already headed toward the presidency, and their work gives no indication how it ?propelled him to ...

    [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 presiden...

    You can see how this book was put together. The author did a prodigious amount of research to put this together. He had a good place to start. The trial in focus was one of the first in downstate Illinois that had a trial transcript. It wasn?t complete in our sense of modern court tr...

    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 ca...

    This was well-written if you like narrative non-fiction, and I did appreciate hearing more about the pre-Presidency Lincoln, but for the most part, this is just a blow-by-blow of a trial that happened over 150 years ago, with a lot of color commentary about how amazing Lincoln is. I...

    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...

    I would have to call this a 4-, because of some flaws, but I enjoyed it tremendously. I love courtroom dramas, and this one was real! Plus it was Abraham Lincoln! It is well-told, sounding more like a novel than nonfiction, although there is lots of very interesting history woven in. I...

    Lincoln's Last Trial was my third Lincoln book this year, but like the others had its own purpose that provided a focus and insight on Lincoln that made it a worthy read. It's also a very easy read, written mostly like a novel, and can be read in just a few sittings. Lincoln tried 27 m...

    An old transcript of a criminal trial found in an attic in 1989? Yes, please! Fascinating stuff, made even more so especially as hand written accounts were just coming into use in 1859 AND this one just happens to be of the last accused man defended by Lincoln before becoming president...

    Just when you thought there was not another angle to find to write a new Lincoln book, here is a book that looks at the last major trial Lincoln was involved with as a lawyer before he became President. The story tries to work like a novel and uses transcriptions from the trial in an a...

    Overall, I liked this book. It is interesting to think that Robert Hitt?s transcript of the trial is used to provide an actual account by an eyewitness to the proceedings. The book provides a look at Lincoln?s life as a trial lawyer that I have not read much about before. It also s...

    Lincoln's Last Trial was a free book I received from the local library summer reading program. Other than the fact it was way too detailed and full of far too many words, I did learn much of our 1800's era law and so much about Lincoln. He was not only very respectful and honest, he wa...

    Fine but workmanlike book about Lincoln's last chief effort as a lawyer, before he is nominated for and wins the Presidency. The author prefaces the book with an explanation that all within it can be substantiated either by court documents, media or personal records; this makes for...

    3.5 stars, rounded up. This was by turns brilliant and boring, sometimes engaging and sometimes not. I started to feel it was repetitive at about the half way point, but then it picked up steam and I really enjoyed the last hundred pages. If not for book group I likely would have aband...

    Here is a very small part of why I enjoyed this book: ?...Hitt?s original transcript of the trial was...discovered in 1989 in a shoebox stored in the garage of the... defendant?s great-grandson.? (Hitt was the equivalent of the court reporter.) ...

    Best Non Fiction Book of 2018 (for me) ...

  • Kristen
    Apr 11, 2018

    "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 Lincoln There are many levels of biography and history. There are academic books, publ...

    The 2 star rating is more of an average than anything. This book deserves at least 4.5 stars for presenting a legal case that is interesting enough on its own, let alone because it includes insights into Abraham Lincoln pre-presidency. I was quickly caught up in the case and kept r...

    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 t...

    This book first grabbed my attention when I read that it was written from the original 1859 transcript that was found in the defendant?s great grandson?s garage, back in 1989. It seems crazy that such a valuable piece of history was simply in a shoebox. 22 yr old Simeon (Peachy) Q...

    ?Ask yourself: what is the justice in this case?? A. Lincoln Exhaustive review of a trial transcript with explanatory amplifications. By the authors? own admission, Lincoln was already headed toward the presidency, and their work gives no indication how it ?propelled him to ...

    [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 presiden...

    You can see how this book was put together. The author did a prodigious amount of research to put this together. He had a good place to start. The trial in focus was one of the first in downstate Illinois that had a trial transcript. It wasn?t complete in our sense of modern court tr...

    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 ca...

    This was well-written if you like narrative non-fiction, and I did appreciate hearing more about the pre-Presidency Lincoln, but for the most part, this is just a blow-by-blow of a trial that happened over 150 years ago, with a lot of color commentary about how amazing Lincoln is. I...

    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...

    I would have to call this a 4-, because of some flaws, but I enjoyed it tremendously. I love courtroom dramas, and this one was real! Plus it was Abraham Lincoln! It is well-told, sounding more like a novel than nonfiction, although there is lots of very interesting history woven in. I...

    Lincoln's Last Trial was my third Lincoln book this year, but like the others had its own purpose that provided a focus and insight on Lincoln that made it a worthy read. It's also a very easy read, written mostly like a novel, and can be read in just a few sittings. Lincoln tried 27 m...

    An old transcript of a criminal trial found in an attic in 1989? Yes, please! Fascinating stuff, made even more so especially as hand written accounts were just coming into use in 1859 AND this one just happens to be of the last accused man defended by Lincoln before becoming president...

    Just when you thought there was not another angle to find to write a new Lincoln book, here is a book that looks at the last major trial Lincoln was involved with as a lawyer before he became President. The story tries to work like a novel and uses transcriptions from the trial in an a...

    Overall, I liked this book. It is interesting to think that Robert Hitt?s transcript of the trial is used to provide an actual account by an eyewitness to the proceedings. The book provides a look at Lincoln?s life as a trial lawyer that I have not read much about before. It also s...

    Lincoln's Last Trial was a free book I received from the local library summer reading program. Other than the fact it was way too detailed and full of far too many words, I did learn much of our 1800's era law and so much about Lincoln. He was not only very respectful and honest, he wa...

    Fine but workmanlike book about Lincoln's last chief effort as a lawyer, before he is nominated for and wins the Presidency. The author prefaces the book with an explanation that all within it can be substantiated either by court documents, media or personal records; this makes for...

    3.5 stars, rounded up. This was by turns brilliant and boring, sometimes engaging and sometimes not. I started to feel it was repetitive at about the half way point, but then it picked up steam and I really enjoyed the last hundred pages. If not for book group I likely would have aband...

    Here is a very small part of why I enjoyed this book: ?...Hitt?s original transcript of the trial was...discovered in 1989 in a shoebox stored in the garage of the... defendant?s great-grandson.? (Hitt was the equivalent of the court reporter.) ...

    Best Non Fiction Book of 2018 (for me) ...

    Decent overall - some parts I found really boring, but it was interesting take on Lincoln as a lawyer and the history of the criminal justice system. ...

    Short Lincoln tale Interesting view of the state of law in mid 1800s and the intersection of the lives of the main players thereafter. Bathe story is well told. ...

    This is about the last case that Abraham Lincoln had to try before he decided to run for President. Its a very interesting read to learn about the person who transcribed the trial and whatvthe case was about. I like the fact that Dan Abrams write it as he gave a legal point ofnview tow...

    I selected this book with the understanding that it was history, but it turned out to be a novel. Albeit an historical novel, but still a novel with more than 50% of the text made up by the author. I gave up reading novels 15 years ago to concentrate on nonfiction in which I learned ...

    Lincoln?s true gift of speech Excellent book I love history and so little is known when Abe was an attorney. The author did a great job in putting this together and to have an actual written Transcript what a great discovery. ...

    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... ...

    The Only Honest Man in Illinois By Bob Gelms Abraham Lincoln is THE towering figure in American history. Nobody else comes close. Everyone in America knows him as a politician, and a pretty good one at that. Everyone in American also knows that Abe Lincoln was a lawyer but most do...

    When I review books, I use 3 criteria: 1. How well written is it? This book is well written and easy to read. It is just shy of 300 pages, but those are a quick 300 pages. The book is based off of an early stenographer's notes. Abrams' isn't really delving too much into extraneou...

    This was an engaging book that will give people who are not Lincoln scholars some insight into his personality and legal prowess. It will reach a broad audience, and that is a good thing. For scholars, the book is enjoyable to read; it's fluid, light style making it one that can be qui...

    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 ...

  • Robert Gelms
    Jul 23, 2018

    "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 Lincoln There are many levels of biography and history. There are academic books, publ...

    The 2 star rating is more of an average than anything. This book deserves at least 4.5 stars for presenting a legal case that is interesting enough on its own, let alone because it includes insights into Abraham Lincoln pre-presidency. I was quickly caught up in the case and kept r...

    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 t...

    This book first grabbed my attention when I read that it was written from the original 1859 transcript that was found in the defendant?s great grandson?s garage, back in 1989. It seems crazy that such a valuable piece of history was simply in a shoebox. 22 yr old Simeon (Peachy) Q...

    ?Ask yourself: what is the justice in this case?? A. Lincoln Exhaustive review of a trial transcript with explanatory amplifications. By the authors? own admission, Lincoln was already headed toward the presidency, and their work gives no indication how it ?propelled him to ...

    [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 presiden...

    You can see how this book was put together. The author did a prodigious amount of research to put this together. He had a good place to start. The trial in focus was one of the first in downstate Illinois that had a trial transcript. It wasn?t complete in our sense of modern court tr...

    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 ca...

    This was well-written if you like narrative non-fiction, and I did appreciate hearing more about the pre-Presidency Lincoln, but for the most part, this is just a blow-by-blow of a trial that happened over 150 years ago, with a lot of color commentary about how amazing Lincoln is. I...

    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...

    I would have to call this a 4-, because of some flaws, but I enjoyed it tremendously. I love courtroom dramas, and this one was real! Plus it was Abraham Lincoln! It is well-told, sounding more like a novel than nonfiction, although there is lots of very interesting history woven in. I...

    Lincoln's Last Trial was my third Lincoln book this year, but like the others had its own purpose that provided a focus and insight on Lincoln that made it a worthy read. It's also a very easy read, written mostly like a novel, and can be read in just a few sittings. Lincoln tried 27 m...

    An old transcript of a criminal trial found in an attic in 1989? Yes, please! Fascinating stuff, made even more so especially as hand written accounts were just coming into use in 1859 AND this one just happens to be of the last accused man defended by Lincoln before becoming president...

    Just when you thought there was not another angle to find to write a new Lincoln book, here is a book that looks at the last major trial Lincoln was involved with as a lawyer before he became President. The story tries to work like a novel and uses transcriptions from the trial in an a...

    Overall, I liked this book. It is interesting to think that Robert Hitt?s transcript of the trial is used to provide an actual account by an eyewitness to the proceedings. The book provides a look at Lincoln?s life as a trial lawyer that I have not read much about before. It also s...

    Lincoln's Last Trial was a free book I received from the local library summer reading program. Other than the fact it was way too detailed and full of far too many words, I did learn much of our 1800's era law and so much about Lincoln. He was not only very respectful and honest, he wa...

    Fine but workmanlike book about Lincoln's last chief effort as a lawyer, before he is nominated for and wins the Presidency. The author prefaces the book with an explanation that all within it can be substantiated either by court documents, media or personal records; this makes for...

    3.5 stars, rounded up. This was by turns brilliant and boring, sometimes engaging and sometimes not. I started to feel it was repetitive at about the half way point, but then it picked up steam and I really enjoyed the last hundred pages. If not for book group I likely would have aband...

    Here is a very small part of why I enjoyed this book: ?...Hitt?s original transcript of the trial was...discovered in 1989 in a shoebox stored in the garage of the... defendant?s great-grandson.? (Hitt was the equivalent of the court reporter.) ...

    Best Non Fiction Book of 2018 (for me) ...

    Decent overall - some parts I found really boring, but it was interesting take on Lincoln as a lawyer and the history of the criminal justice system. ...

    Short Lincoln tale Interesting view of the state of law in mid 1800s and the intersection of the lives of the main players thereafter. Bathe story is well told. ...

    This is about the last case that Abraham Lincoln had to try before he decided to run for President. Its a very interesting read to learn about the person who transcribed the trial and whatvthe case was about. I like the fact that Dan Abrams write it as he gave a legal point ofnview tow...

    I selected this book with the understanding that it was history, but it turned out to be a novel. Albeit an historical novel, but still a novel with more than 50% of the text made up by the author. I gave up reading novels 15 years ago to concentrate on nonfiction in which I learned ...

    Lincoln?s true gift of speech Excellent book I love history and so little is known when Abe was an attorney. The author did a great job in putting this together and to have an actual written Transcript what a great discovery. ...

    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... ...

    The Only Honest Man in Illinois By Bob Gelms Abraham Lincoln is THE towering figure in American history. Nobody else comes close. Everyone in America knows him as a politician, and a pretty good one at that. Everyone in American also knows that Abe Lincoln was a lawyer but most do...

  • Sally Lindsay-briggs
    Sep 08, 2018

    "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 Lincoln There are many levels of biography and history. There are academic books, publ...

    The 2 star rating is more of an average than anything. This book deserves at least 4.5 stars for presenting a legal case that is interesting enough on its own, let alone because it includes insights into Abraham Lincoln pre-presidency. I was quickly caught up in the case and kept r...

    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 t...

    This book first grabbed my attention when I read that it was written from the original 1859 transcript that was found in the defendant?s great grandson?s garage, back in 1989. It seems crazy that such a valuable piece of history was simply in a shoebox. 22 yr old Simeon (Peachy) Q...

    ?Ask yourself: what is the justice in this case?? A. Lincoln Exhaustive review of a trial transcript with explanatory amplifications. By the authors? own admission, Lincoln was already headed toward the presidency, and their work gives no indication how it ?propelled him to ...

    [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 presiden...

    You can see how this book was put together. The author did a prodigious amount of research to put this together. He had a good place to start. The trial in focus was one of the first in downstate Illinois that had a trial transcript. It wasn?t complete in our sense of modern court tr...

    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 ca...

    This was well-written if you like narrative non-fiction, and I did appreciate hearing more about the pre-Presidency Lincoln, but for the most part, this is just a blow-by-blow of a trial that happened over 150 years ago, with a lot of color commentary about how amazing Lincoln is. I...

    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...

    I would have to call this a 4-, because of some flaws, but I enjoyed it tremendously. I love courtroom dramas, and this one was real! Plus it was Abraham Lincoln! It is well-told, sounding more like a novel than nonfiction, although there is lots of very interesting history woven in. I...

    Lincoln's Last Trial was my third Lincoln book this year, but like the others had its own purpose that provided a focus and insight on Lincoln that made it a worthy read. It's also a very easy read, written mostly like a novel, and can be read in just a few sittings. Lincoln tried 27 m...

    An old transcript of a criminal trial found in an attic in 1989? Yes, please! Fascinating stuff, made even more so especially as hand written accounts were just coming into use in 1859 AND this one just happens to be of the last accused man defended by Lincoln before becoming president...

    Just when you thought there was not another angle to find to write a new Lincoln book, here is a book that looks at the last major trial Lincoln was involved with as a lawyer before he became President. The story tries to work like a novel and uses transcriptions from the trial in an a...

    Overall, I liked this book. It is interesting to think that Robert Hitt?s transcript of the trial is used to provide an actual account by an eyewitness to the proceedings. The book provides a look at Lincoln?s life as a trial lawyer that I have not read much about before. It also s...

    Lincoln's Last Trial was a free book I received from the local library summer reading program. Other than the fact it was way too detailed and full of far too many words, I did learn much of our 1800's era law and so much about Lincoln. He was not only very respectful and honest, he wa...

  • Mina Wender
    Aug 10, 2018

    "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 Lincoln There are many levels of biography and history. There are academic books, publ...

    The 2 star rating is more of an average than anything. This book deserves at least 4.5 stars for presenting a legal case that is interesting enough on its own, let alone because it includes insights into Abraham Lincoln pre-presidency. I was quickly caught up in the case and kept r...

    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 t...

    This book first grabbed my attention when I read that it was written from the original 1859 transcript that was found in the defendant?s great grandson?s garage, back in 1989. It seems crazy that such a valuable piece of history was simply in a shoebox. 22 yr old Simeon (Peachy) Q...

    ?Ask yourself: what is the justice in this case?? A. Lincoln Exhaustive review of a trial transcript with explanatory amplifications. By the authors? own admission, Lincoln was already headed toward the presidency, and their work gives no indication how it ?propelled him to ...

    [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 presiden...

    You can see how this book was put together. The author did a prodigious amount of research to put this together. He had a good place to start. The trial in focus was one of the first in downstate Illinois that had a trial transcript. It wasn?t complete in our sense of modern court tr...

    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 ca...

    This was well-written if you like narrative non-fiction, and I did appreciate hearing more about the pre-Presidency Lincoln, but for the most part, this is just a blow-by-blow of a trial that happened over 150 years ago, with a lot of color commentary about how amazing Lincoln is. I...

    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...

    I would have to call this a 4-, because of some flaws, but I enjoyed it tremendously. I love courtroom dramas, and this one was real! Plus it was Abraham Lincoln! It is well-told, sounding more like a novel than nonfiction, although there is lots of very interesting history woven in. I...

    Lincoln's Last Trial was my third Lincoln book this year, but like the others had its own purpose that provided a focus and insight on Lincoln that made it a worthy read. It's also a very easy read, written mostly like a novel, and can be read in just a few sittings. Lincoln tried 27 m...

    An old transcript of a criminal trial found in an attic in 1989? Yes, please! Fascinating stuff, made even more so especially as hand written accounts were just coming into use in 1859 AND this one just happens to be of the last accused man defended by Lincoln before becoming president...

    Just when you thought there was not another angle to find to write a new Lincoln book, here is a book that looks at the last major trial Lincoln was involved with as a lawyer before he became President. The story tries to work like a novel and uses transcriptions from the trial in an a...

    Overall, I liked this book. It is interesting to think that Robert Hitt?s transcript of the trial is used to provide an actual account by an eyewitness to the proceedings. The book provides a look at Lincoln?s life as a trial lawyer that I have not read much about before. It also s...

    Lincoln's Last Trial was a free book I received from the local library summer reading program. Other than the fact it was way too detailed and full of far too many words, I did learn much of our 1800's era law and so much about Lincoln. He was not only very respectful and honest, he wa...

    Fine but workmanlike book about Lincoln's last chief effort as a lawyer, before he is nominated for and wins the Presidency. The author prefaces the book with an explanation that all within it can be substantiated either by court documents, media or personal records; this makes for...

    3.5 stars, rounded up. This was by turns brilliant and boring, sometimes engaging and sometimes not. I started to feel it was repetitive at about the half way point, but then it picked up steam and I really enjoyed the last hundred pages. If not for book group I likely would have aband...

    Here is a very small part of why I enjoyed this book: ?...Hitt?s original transcript of the trial was...discovered in 1989 in a shoebox stored in the garage of the... defendant?s great-grandson.? (Hitt was the equivalent of the court reporter.) ...

    Best Non Fiction Book of 2018 (for me) ...

    Decent overall - some parts I found really boring, but it was interesting take on Lincoln as a lawyer and the history of the criminal justice system. ...

    Short Lincoln tale Interesting view of the state of law in mid 1800s and the intersection of the lives of the main players thereafter. Bathe story is well told. ...

  • Kenneth Murray
    Nov 04, 2018

    "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 Lincoln There are many levels of biography and history. There are academic books, publ...

    The 2 star rating is more of an average than anything. This book deserves at least 4.5 stars for presenting a legal case that is interesting enough on its own, let alone because it includes insights into Abraham Lincoln pre-presidency. I was quickly caught up in the case and kept r...

    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 t...

    This book first grabbed my attention when I read that it was written from the original 1859 transcript that was found in the defendant?s great grandson?s garage, back in 1989. It seems crazy that such a valuable piece of history was simply in a shoebox. 22 yr old Simeon (Peachy) Q...

    ?Ask yourself: what is the justice in this case?? A. Lincoln Exhaustive review of a trial transcript with explanatory amplifications. By the authors? own admission, Lincoln was already headed toward the presidency, and their work gives no indication how it ?propelled him to ...

    [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 presiden...

    You can see how this book was put together. The author did a prodigious amount of research to put this together. He had a good place to start. The trial in focus was one of the first in downstate Illinois that had a trial transcript. It wasn?t complete in our sense of modern court tr...

    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 ca...

    This was well-written if you like narrative non-fiction, and I did appreciate hearing more about the pre-Presidency Lincoln, but for the most part, this is just a blow-by-blow of a trial that happened over 150 years ago, with a lot of color commentary about how amazing Lincoln is. I...

    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...

    I would have to call this a 4-, because of some flaws, but I enjoyed it tremendously. I love courtroom dramas, and this one was real! Plus it was Abraham Lincoln! It is well-told, sounding more like a novel than nonfiction, although there is lots of very interesting history woven in. I...

    Lincoln's Last Trial was my third Lincoln book this year, but like the others had its own purpose that provided a focus and insight on Lincoln that made it a worthy read. It's also a very easy read, written mostly like a novel, and can be read in just a few sittings. Lincoln tried 27 m...

    An old transcript of a criminal trial found in an attic in 1989? Yes, please! Fascinating stuff, made even more so especially as hand written accounts were just coming into use in 1859 AND this one just happens to be of the last accused man defended by Lincoln before becoming president...

    Just when you thought there was not another angle to find to write a new Lincoln book, here is a book that looks at the last major trial Lincoln was involved with as a lawyer before he became President. The story tries to work like a novel and uses transcriptions from the trial in an a...

    Overall, I liked this book. It is interesting to think that Robert Hitt?s transcript of the trial is used to provide an actual account by an eyewitness to the proceedings. The book provides a look at Lincoln?s life as a trial lawyer that I have not read much about before. It also s...

  • Eugenea Pollock
    Jul 24, 2018

    "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 Lincoln There are many levels of biography and history. There are academic books, publ...

    The 2 star rating is more of an average than anything. This book deserves at least 4.5 stars for presenting a legal case that is interesting enough on its own, let alone because it includes insights into Abraham Lincoln pre-presidency. I was quickly caught up in the case and kept r...

    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 t...

    This book first grabbed my attention when I read that it was written from the original 1859 transcript that was found in the defendant?s great grandson?s garage, back in 1989. It seems crazy that such a valuable piece of history was simply in a shoebox. 22 yr old Simeon (Peachy) Q...

    ?Ask yourself: what is the justice in this case?? A. Lincoln Exhaustive review of a trial transcript with explanatory amplifications. By the authors? own admission, Lincoln was already headed toward the presidency, and their work gives no indication how it ?propelled him to ...

    [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 presiden...

    You can see how this book was put together. The author did a prodigious amount of research to put this together. He had a good place to start. The trial in focus was one of the first in downstate Illinois that had a trial transcript. It wasn?t complete in our sense of modern court tr...

    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 ca...

    This was well-written if you like narrative non-fiction, and I did appreciate hearing more about the pre-Presidency Lincoln, but for the most part, this is just a blow-by-blow of a trial that happened over 150 years ago, with a lot of color commentary about how amazing Lincoln is. I...

    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...

    I would have to call this a 4-, because of some flaws, but I enjoyed it tremendously. I love courtroom dramas, and this one was real! Plus it was Abraham Lincoln! It is well-told, sounding more like a novel than nonfiction, although there is lots of very interesting history woven in. I...

    Lincoln's Last Trial was my third Lincoln book this year, but like the others had its own purpose that provided a focus and insight on Lincoln that made it a worthy read. It's also a very easy read, written mostly like a novel, and can be read in just a few sittings. Lincoln tried 27 m...

    An old transcript of a criminal trial found in an attic in 1989? Yes, please! Fascinating stuff, made even more so especially as hand written accounts were just coming into use in 1859 AND this one just happens to be of the last accused man defended by Lincoln before becoming president...

    Just when you thought there was not another angle to find to write a new Lincoln book, here is a book that looks at the last major trial Lincoln was involved with as a lawyer before he became President. The story tries to work like a novel and uses transcriptions from the trial in an a...

    Overall, I liked this book. It is interesting to think that Robert Hitt?s transcript of the trial is used to provide an actual account by an eyewitness to the proceedings. The book provides a look at Lincoln?s life as a trial lawyer that I have not read much about before. It also s...

    Lincoln's Last Trial was a free book I received from the local library summer reading program. Other than the fact it was way too detailed and full of far too many words, I did learn much of our 1800's era law and so much about Lincoln. He was not only very respectful and honest, he wa...

    Fine but workmanlike book about Lincoln's last chief effort as a lawyer, before he is nominated for and wins the Presidency. The author prefaces the book with an explanation that all within it can be substantiated either by court documents, media or personal records; this makes for...

    3.5 stars, rounded up. This was by turns brilliant and boring, sometimes engaging and sometimes not. I started to feel it was repetitive at about the half way point, but then it picked up steam and I really enjoyed the last hundred pages. If not for book group I likely would have aband...

    Here is a very small part of why I enjoyed this book: ?...Hitt?s original transcript of the trial was...discovered in 1989 in a shoebox stored in the garage of the... defendant?s great-grandson.? (Hitt was the equivalent of the court reporter.) ...

  • Eunice Henderson
    Oct 26, 2018

    "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 Lincoln There are many levels of biography and history. There are academic books, publ...

    The 2 star rating is more of an average than anything. This book deserves at least 4.5 stars for presenting a legal case that is interesting enough on its own, let alone because it includes insights into Abraham Lincoln pre-presidency. I was quickly caught up in the case and kept r...

    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 t...

    This book first grabbed my attention when I read that it was written from the original 1859 transcript that was found in the defendant?s great grandson?s garage, back in 1989. It seems crazy that such a valuable piece of history was simply in a shoebox. 22 yr old Simeon (Peachy) Q...

    ?Ask yourself: what is the justice in this case?? A. Lincoln Exhaustive review of a trial transcript with explanatory amplifications. By the authors? own admission, Lincoln was already headed toward the presidency, and their work gives no indication how it ?propelled him to ...

    [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 presiden...

    You can see how this book was put together. The author did a prodigious amount of research to put this together. He had a good place to start. The trial in focus was one of the first in downstate Illinois that had a trial transcript. It wasn?t complete in our sense of modern court tr...

    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 ca...

    This was well-written if you like narrative non-fiction, and I did appreciate hearing more about the pre-Presidency Lincoln, but for the most part, this is just a blow-by-blow of a trial that happened over 150 years ago, with a lot of color commentary about how amazing Lincoln is. I...

    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...

    I would have to call this a 4-, because of some flaws, but I enjoyed it tremendously. I love courtroom dramas, and this one was real! Plus it was Abraham Lincoln! It is well-told, sounding more like a novel than nonfiction, although there is lots of very interesting history woven in. I...

    Lincoln's Last Trial was my third Lincoln book this year, but like the others had its own purpose that provided a focus and insight on Lincoln that made it a worthy read. It's also a very easy read, written mostly like a novel, and can be read in just a few sittings. Lincoln tried 27 m...

    An old transcript of a criminal trial found in an attic in 1989? Yes, please! Fascinating stuff, made even more so especially as hand written accounts were just coming into use in 1859 AND this one just happens to be of the last accused man defended by Lincoln before becoming president...

    Just when you thought there was not another angle to find to write a new Lincoln book, here is a book that looks at the last major trial Lincoln was involved with as a lawyer before he became President. The story tries to work like a novel and uses transcriptions from the trial in an a...

    Overall, I liked this book. It is interesting to think that Robert Hitt?s transcript of the trial is used to provide an actual account by an eyewitness to the proceedings. The book provides a look at Lincoln?s life as a trial lawyer that I have not read much about before. It also s...

    Lincoln's Last Trial was a free book I received from the local library summer reading program. Other than the fact it was way too detailed and full of far too many words, I did learn much of our 1800's era law and so much about Lincoln. He was not only very respectful and honest, he wa...

    Fine but workmanlike book about Lincoln's last chief effort as a lawyer, before he is nominated for and wins the Presidency. The author prefaces the book with an explanation that all within it can be substantiated either by court documents, media or personal records; this makes for...

    3.5 stars, rounded up. This was by turns brilliant and boring, sometimes engaging and sometimes not. I started to feel it was repetitive at about the half way point, but then it picked up steam and I really enjoyed the last hundred pages. If not for book group I likely would have aband...

    Here is a very small part of why I enjoyed this book: ?...Hitt?s original transcript of the trial was...discovered in 1989 in a shoebox stored in the garage of the... defendant?s great-grandson.? (Hitt was the equivalent of the court reporter.) ...

    Best Non Fiction Book of 2018 (for me) ...

    Decent overall - some parts I found really boring, but it was interesting take on Lincoln as a lawyer and the history of the criminal justice system. ...

    Short Lincoln tale Interesting view of the state of law in mid 1800s and the intersection of the lives of the main players thereafter. Bathe story is well told. ...

    This is about the last case that Abraham Lincoln had to try before he decided to run for President. Its a very interesting read to learn about the person who transcribed the trial and whatvthe case was about. I like the fact that Dan Abrams write it as he gave a legal point ofnview tow...

    I selected this book with the understanding that it was history, but it turned out to be a novel. Albeit an historical novel, but still a novel with more than 50% of the text made up by the author. I gave up reading novels 15 years ago to concentrate on nonfiction in which I learned ...

    Lincoln?s true gift of speech Excellent book I love history and so little is known when Abe was an attorney. The author did a great job in putting this together and to have an actual written Transcript what a great discovery. ...

  • Alina
    Jun 18, 2018

    "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 Lincoln There are many levels of biography and history. There are academic books, publ...

    The 2 star rating is more of an average than anything. This book deserves at least 4.5 stars for presenting a legal case that is interesting enough on its own, let alone because it includes insights into Abraham Lincoln pre-presidency. I was quickly caught up in the case and kept r...

    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 t...

    This book first grabbed my attention when I read that it was written from the original 1859 transcript that was found in the defendant?s great grandson?s garage, back in 1989. It seems crazy that such a valuable piece of history was simply in a shoebox. 22 yr old Simeon (Peachy) Q...

    ?Ask yourself: what is the justice in this case?? A. Lincoln Exhaustive review of a trial transcript with explanatory amplifications. By the authors? own admission, Lincoln was already headed toward the presidency, and their work gives no indication how it ?propelled him to ...

    [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 presiden...

    You can see how this book was put together. The author did a prodigious amount of research to put this together. He had a good place to start. The trial in focus was one of the first in downstate Illinois that had a trial transcript. It wasn?t complete in our sense of modern court tr...

    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 ca...

  • Neile B
    Sep 06, 2018

    "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 Lincoln There are many levels of biography and history. There are academic books, publ...

    The 2 star rating is more of an average than anything. This book deserves at least 4.5 stars for presenting a legal case that is interesting enough on its own, let alone because it includes insights into Abraham Lincoln pre-presidency. I was quickly caught up in the case and kept r...

    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 t...

    This book first grabbed my attention when I read that it was written from the original 1859 transcript that was found in the defendant?s great grandson?s garage, back in 1989. It seems crazy that such a valuable piece of history was simply in a shoebox. 22 yr old Simeon (Peachy) Q...

  • Lara Arcas
    Oct 18, 2018

    "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 Lincoln There are many levels of biography and history. There are academic books, publ...

    The 2 star rating is more of an average than anything. This book deserves at least 4.5 stars for presenting a legal case that is interesting enough on its own, let alone because it includes insights into Abraham Lincoln pre-presidency. I was quickly caught up in the case and kept r...

    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 t...

    This book first grabbed my attention when I read that it was written from the original 1859 transcript that was found in the defendant?s great grandson?s garage, back in 1989. It seems crazy that such a valuable piece of history was simply in a shoebox. 22 yr old Simeon (Peachy) Q...

    ?Ask yourself: what is the justice in this case?? A. Lincoln Exhaustive review of a trial transcript with explanatory amplifications. By the authors? own admission, Lincoln was already headed toward the presidency, and their work gives no indication how it ?propelled him to ...

    [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 presiden...

    You can see how this book was put together. The author did a prodigious amount of research to put this together. He had a good place to start. The trial in focus was one of the first in downstate Illinois that had a trial transcript. It wasn?t complete in our sense of modern court tr...

    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 ca...

    This was well-written if you like narrative non-fiction, and I did appreciate hearing more about the pre-Presidency Lincoln, but for the most part, this is just a blow-by-blow of a trial that happened over 150 years ago, with a lot of color commentary about how amazing Lincoln is. I...

    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...

    I would have to call this a 4-, because of some flaws, but I enjoyed it tremendously. I love courtroom dramas, and this one was real! Plus it was Abraham Lincoln! It is well-told, sounding more like a novel than nonfiction, although there is lots of very interesting history woven in. I...

    Lincoln's Last Trial was my third Lincoln book this year, but like the others had its own purpose that provided a focus and insight on Lincoln that made it a worthy read. It's also a very easy read, written mostly like a novel, and can be read in just a few sittings. Lincoln tried 27 m...

    An old transcript of a criminal trial found in an attic in 1989? Yes, please! Fascinating stuff, made even more so especially as hand written accounts were just coming into use in 1859 AND this one just happens to be of the last accused man defended by Lincoln before becoming president...

    Just when you thought there was not another angle to find to write a new Lincoln book, here is a book that looks at the last major trial Lincoln was involved with as a lawyer before he became President. The story tries to work like a novel and uses transcriptions from the trial in an a...

    Overall, I liked this book. It is interesting to think that Robert Hitt?s transcript of the trial is used to provide an actual account by an eyewitness to the proceedings. The book provides a look at Lincoln?s life as a trial lawyer that I have not read much about before. It also s...

    Lincoln's Last Trial was a free book I received from the local library summer reading program. Other than the fact it was way too detailed and full of far too many words, I did learn much of our 1800's era law and so much about Lincoln. He was not only very respectful and honest, he wa...

    Fine but workmanlike book about Lincoln's last chief effort as a lawyer, before he is nominated for and wins the Presidency. The author prefaces the book with an explanation that all within it can be substantiated either by court documents, media or personal records; this makes for...

    3.5 stars, rounded up. This was by turns brilliant and boring, sometimes engaging and sometimes not. I started to feel it was repetitive at about the half way point, but then it picked up steam and I really enjoyed the last hundred pages. If not for book group I likely would have aband...

    Here is a very small part of why I enjoyed this book: ?...Hitt?s original transcript of the trial was...discovered in 1989 in a shoebox stored in the garage of the... defendant?s great-grandson.? (Hitt was the equivalent of the court reporter.) ...

    Best Non Fiction Book of 2018 (for me) ...

    Decent overall - some parts I found really boring, but it was interesting take on Lincoln as a lawyer and the history of the criminal justice system. ...

    Short Lincoln tale Interesting view of the state of law in mid 1800s and the intersection of the lives of the main players thereafter. Bathe story is well told. ...

    This is about the last case that Abraham Lincoln had to try before he decided to run for President. Its a very interesting read to learn about the person who transcribed the trial and whatvthe case was about. I like the fact that Dan Abrams write it as he gave a legal point ofnview tow...

  • Porter Broyles
    Oct 11, 2018

    "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 Lincoln There are many levels of biography and history. There are academic books, publ...

    The 2 star rating is more of an average than anything. This book deserves at least 4.5 stars for presenting a legal case that is interesting enough on its own, let alone because it includes insights into Abraham Lincoln pre-presidency. I was quickly caught up in the case and kept r...

    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 t...

    This book first grabbed my attention when I read that it was written from the original 1859 transcript that was found in the defendant?s great grandson?s garage, back in 1989. It seems crazy that such a valuable piece of history was simply in a shoebox. 22 yr old Simeon (Peachy) Q...

    ?Ask yourself: what is the justice in this case?? A. Lincoln Exhaustive review of a trial transcript with explanatory amplifications. By the authors? own admission, Lincoln was already headed toward the presidency, and their work gives no indication how it ?propelled him to ...

    [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 presiden...

    You can see how this book was put together. The author did a prodigious amount of research to put this together. He had a good place to start. The trial in focus was one of the first in downstate Illinois that had a trial transcript. It wasn?t complete in our sense of modern court tr...

    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 ca...

    This was well-written if you like narrative non-fiction, and I did appreciate hearing more about the pre-Presidency Lincoln, but for the most part, this is just a blow-by-blow of a trial that happened over 150 years ago, with a lot of color commentary about how amazing Lincoln is. I...

    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...

    I would have to call this a 4-, because of some flaws, but I enjoyed it tremendously. I love courtroom dramas, and this one was real! Plus it was Abraham Lincoln! It is well-told, sounding more like a novel than nonfiction, although there is lots of very interesting history woven in. I...

    Lincoln's Last Trial was my third Lincoln book this year, but like the others had its own purpose that provided a focus and insight on Lincoln that made it a worthy read. It's also a very easy read, written mostly like a novel, and can be read in just a few sittings. Lincoln tried 27 m...

    An old transcript of a criminal trial found in an attic in 1989? Yes, please! Fascinating stuff, made even more so especially as hand written accounts were just coming into use in 1859 AND this one just happens to be of the last accused man defended by Lincoln before becoming president...

    Just when you thought there was not another angle to find to write a new Lincoln book, here is a book that looks at the last major trial Lincoln was involved with as a lawyer before he became President. The story tries to work like a novel and uses transcriptions from the trial in an a...

    Overall, I liked this book. It is interesting to think that Robert Hitt?s transcript of the trial is used to provide an actual account by an eyewitness to the proceedings. The book provides a look at Lincoln?s life as a trial lawyer that I have not read much about before. It also s...

    Lincoln's Last Trial was a free book I received from the local library summer reading program. Other than the fact it was way too detailed and full of far too many words, I did learn much of our 1800's era law and so much about Lincoln. He was not only very respectful and honest, he wa...

    Fine but workmanlike book about Lincoln's last chief effort as a lawyer, before he is nominated for and wins the Presidency. The author prefaces the book with an explanation that all within it can be substantiated either by court documents, media or personal records; this makes for...

    3.5 stars, rounded up. This was by turns brilliant and boring, sometimes engaging and sometimes not. I started to feel it was repetitive at about the half way point, but then it picked up steam and I really enjoyed the last hundred pages. If not for book group I likely would have aband...

    Here is a very small part of why I enjoyed this book: ?...Hitt?s original transcript of the trial was...discovered in 1989 in a shoebox stored in the garage of the... defendant?s great-grandson.? (Hitt was the equivalent of the court reporter.) ...

    Best Non Fiction Book of 2018 (for me) ...

    Decent overall - some parts I found really boring, but it was interesting take on Lincoln as a lawyer and the history of the criminal justice system. ...

    Short Lincoln tale Interesting view of the state of law in mid 1800s and the intersection of the lives of the main players thereafter. Bathe story is well told. ...

    This is about the last case that Abraham Lincoln had to try before he decided to run for President. Its a very interesting read to learn about the person who transcribed the trial and whatvthe case was about. I like the fact that Dan Abrams write it as he gave a legal point ofnview tow...

    I selected this book with the understanding that it was history, but it turned out to be a novel. Albeit an historical novel, but still a novel with more than 50% of the text made up by the author. I gave up reading novels 15 years ago to concentrate on nonfiction in which I learned ...

    Lincoln?s true gift of speech Excellent book I love history and so little is known when Abe was an attorney. The author did a great job in putting this together and to have an actual written Transcript what a great discovery. ...

    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... ...

    The Only Honest Man in Illinois By Bob Gelms Abraham Lincoln is THE towering figure in American history. Nobody else comes close. Everyone in America knows him as a politician, and a pretty good one at that. Everyone in American also knows that Abe Lincoln was a lawyer but most do...

    When I review books, I use 3 criteria: 1. How well written is it? This book is well written and easy to read. It is just shy of 300 pages, but those are a quick 300 pages. The book is based off of an early stenographer's notes. Abrams' isn't really delving too much into extraneou...