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

David Fisher (Author) Dan Abrams (Author)

Product Details

$26.99  $24.83
Hanover Square Press
Publish Date
June 05, 2018
6.3 X 9.0 X 1.3 inches | 1.25 pounds

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About the Author

David Fisher is the author and coauthor of more than seventy books and eighteen New York Times bestsellers.
Dan Abrams is the co-author with David Fisher of the New York Times bestsellers John Adams under Fire and Theodore Roosevelt for the Defense, among other books. He has written for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, and the Yale Law and Policy Review, among many others.A graduate of Columbia University Law School, he is the chief legal affairs correspondent for ABC News as well as the host of top-rated Live PD on A&E Network and The Dan Abrams Show: Where Politics Meets the Law on SiriusXM. He is CEO and founder of Abrams Media, which includes the Law & Crime network.


"[The case] cemented Lincoln's image as a courtroom star--and Abrams and Fisher have made the most of their material, polishing a musty transcript into an entertaining slice of life."--USA Today

"Dan Abrams and David Fisher write the heart-pounding pulse of history. Abraham Lincoln: the dusty shoes, the weary eyes, the Jedi mastery of a jury in a true case of life and death. So pull up a chair. This book not only brings a rare transcript to life, it makes you feel as if you are watching a live camera riveted on a courtroom more than 150 years ago."--Diane Sawyer

"You didn't know that Abraham Lincoln was the defense lawyer in a notorious murder case on the eve of his presidency? Neither did I. But Dan Abrams and David Fisher tell the remarkable tale in Lincoln's Last Trial, and the story is both compelling on its own terms and a lesson about some eternal truths about criminal justice."--Jeffrey Toobin, author ofAmerican Heiress

"Surprisingly, until Abrams and Fisher took the initiative, there was no book giving complete coverage to Lincoln's service as lead defense counsel in the four-day murder trial State of Illinois vs Peachy Quinn Harrison... spellbinding and important."--Texas Bar Journal

"Captivating... If you love legal thrillers, this is your book!"--Kimberly Guilfoyle

"The authors give readers a moment-by-moment account of the murder trial, which featured a well-liked young victim, a claim of self-defense, [and] a deathbed admission... Lincoln enthusiasts will find the illumination of his preternatural legal skills a worthy subject; casual readers will find the centerpiece murder trial an engrossing legal thriller."--Publishers Weekly

"Legal affairs journalist Abrams and coauthor Fisher illuminate a key marker on Abraham Lincoln's path to the White House... The transcripts reveal Lincoln at his best, fighting for a cause he believed in with brilliance and passion--qualities that would serve him so well as president."--Booklist

"Abrams and Fisher quote generously from Hitt's transcript to bring into sharp focus the witness-by-witness testimony and courtroom proceedings."--Library Journal

"Dan Abrams tells the story of Lincoln's last trial as an immersive true crime and courtroom drama experience, with impeccable research and highly entertaining digressions on such topics as 19th century jury selection."--Crimereads

"We all know the story of Abraham Lincoln the wartime president, the defender of the Union, and the emancipator of the slaves. But Abraham Lincoln, the defense lawyer? Dan Abrams and David Fisher recount the engaging story of Lincoln's last trial, occurring on the cusp of the Civil War. An entertaining book filled with twists and turns and tailor-made for Civil War buffs."--Jay Winik, author ofApril 1865and1944

"Lincoln's wartime leadership overshadows his life as a lawyer. But you can't understand one without the other. In this rich and previously unexplored corner of history, the authors take you inside the courtroom to watch Abraham Lincoln - at the height of his powers as a lawyer and on the edge of eternal fame - as he tries a thrilling murder trial to a jury."--Chris DeRose, New York Timesbestselling author ofThe Presidents' War, Congressman Lincoln, andFounding Rivals

"His last great legal case." --New York Post

"Many aspects of the Harrison trial made it spellbinding and important. ... [Lincoln's Last Trial] adds a new layer of understanding about how Lincoln's mind worked as a consummate trial lawyer, and how that mind provided the platform for his political prowess." --Washington Independent Review of Books

"A vivid portrait of Lincoln, other attorneys, what happened in the tragic case and the era.... Lincoln's Last Trial may represent his last major case as an attorney but hopefully it is just the beginning of a series of history books from Abrams and Fisher." --Valdosta Daily Times