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Book Review: Lincoln’s Last Trial: The Murder Case That Propelled Him to the Presidency

By Allan F. Brooke II

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

By Dan Abrams and David Fisher
Hanover Square Press (2018) 

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It may be that there is no president so often claimed by politicians of all stripes as Abraham Lincoln. His legacy as the self-made man who rose to the presidency at the time of our greatest national crisis is secure. Any school child can tell you of “Honest Abe’s” birth in a Kentucky log cabin and his address at Gettysburg. A student of history may reflect on his leadership of what Doris Kearns Goodwin has called the “team of rivals” in his Cabinet.

We likely know less of Lincoln’s legal career, but Lincoln’s Last Trial: The Murder Case That Propelled Him to the Presidency should be on any criminal defense attorney’s bookshelf. Based in large part of a recently-discovered handwritten transcript of the 1859 murder trial of Quinn Harrison, Lincoln’s Last Trial is an entertaining snapshot of the great man’s last work as a private citizen.

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