The Impeachers: The Trial of Andrew Johnson and the Dream of a Just Nation

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About the Author
Brenda Wineapple is the author of seven books including The Impeachers: The Trial of Andrew Johnson and the Dream of a Just Nation, selected by a New York Times book critic as one of the ten best nonfiction works of 2019; Ecstatic Nation: Confidence, Crisis, and Compromise, 1848-1877, a New York Times 'Notable Book'; and White Heat: The Friendship of Emily Dickinson and Thomas Wentworth Higginson, a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist. A recipient of a Literature Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Whiting, and a Pushcart Prize, she has also received three National Endowment Fellowships including its Public Scholars Award. Her essays and reviews regularly appear in The New York Review of Books, The New York Times Book Review, and The Wall Street Journal. In 2023, she was selected a Fellow at the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers.
"The relevance of this riveting and absorbing book is clear enough . . . literary and incisive . . . vivid and perceptive."--Jennifer Szalai, The New York Times

"Riveting . . . Wineapple has written a stunningly well-timed book on a question ripped from the headlines. Compulsively readable"--John Fabian Witt, The Washington Post

"Ms. Wineapple's gift for portraiture is on display as she sets out her cast of characters. . . . The first instruction to draw from The Impeachers is the importance of stakes."--The Wall Street Journal

"A gifted stylist whose knowledge of the politics of Reconstruction is both intimate and vast. In The Impeachers, [Wineapple] tells an elegant story stuffed with alluring character sketches and dramatic moments, both legal and political."--Michael Kazin, The New Republic

"Approachable, dramatic, even riveting, Wineapple's volume is both guidebook and cautionary tale for our times."--The Boston Globe

"Brenda Wineapple's ambitious and assured volume The Impeachers rightfully recenters the story along the main axis of moral struggle in American history: whether the nation is indeed a democracy for all its citizens or not."--Chris Hayes, The New York Times Book Review

"Riveting and definitive."--Esquire

"This is simply an amazing, mesmerizing book, impossible to put down. And Wineapple brilliantly juggles all the angles and bloodshed in her propulsive narrative."--Providence Journal

"A terrific--and timely--account of the first attempt in American history to impeach and remove a sitting president."--Glenn Atschuler, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

"The Impeachers is a historical barn burner of a book--a vivid cast of characters caught in a terrifying and eerily familiar moment in our nation's history. This is history of the best kind--passionate, evocative, razor-sharp, and relevant."--Nathaniel Philbrick, author of In the Hurricane's Eye

"With scholarly authority and literary grace, The Impeachers clarifies, as only a responsible historical work can, an increasingly urgent public question: by what standards ought Congress to consider impeaching and removing a sitting president? As ever, Wineapple's work exemplifies how objectivity need not come at the expense of dramatic engagement, let alone shrewd personal and political judgments."--Sean Wilentz, George Henry Davis 1886 Professor, Princeton University

"This is a terrific book. . . . Not to be missed."--Geoffrey C. Ward, author of A First-Class Temperament: The Emergence of Franklin Roosevelt

"In this superbly lyrical work, Brenda Wineapple has plugged a glaring hole in our historical memory through her vivid and sweeping portrayal of President Andrew Johnson's 1868 impeachment. . . . Teeming with fiery passions and unforgettable characters, The Impeachers will be devoured by contemporary readers seeking enlightenment on this issue. . . . A landmark study."--Ron Chernow, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Grant

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