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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (69 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Julie M. Fenster Narrator: Hillary Huber Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2015 ISBN: 9781504627290
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In 1856, Abraham Lincoln was at a difficult point, personally. Depressed, edgy, and often despondent, he had grown bored with his work as a lawyer. He saw himself as a former congressman with little future in politics. Then in May of 1856, he became drawn to the case of the gruesome murder of a blacksmith named George Anderson. Lincoln was asked to take part in the case, and he did so with zeal. The Anderson case reflected a dark world hidden within the optimism and innocence of the young Illinois city of Springfield. With the Anderson murder, Lincoln’s legal skills were challenged as never before, and it became the case that defined his legal career.

This book takes one from the mystery of the Anderson case, as investigated by Abraham Lincoln, to the mystery of Lincoln, as investigated by the author.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[A] meticulous and intimate look at the legendary Lincoln.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Fenster’s rhythms have Twain-like timing…Grandiloquent statements, dark adumbrations of the president-to-be, or the tragedies with which his name is now inescapably entwined are not necessary. Fenster knows that.”

    Library Journal (starred review, editor’s pick)

  • “Narrator Hillary Huber pays attention to facts and detail as she’s reading but still injects some conversational personality into the narration. Fenster’s portrait of a principled ‘master lawyer’ who put those principles into action as a foe of slavery is a fascinating new look at one of our country’s most important figures.”

    AudioFile

  • “Fenster illustrates Lincoln’s emergence as a cagey politician and eloquent antislavery voice with an enhanced national reputation. This is a worthy addition to our ever-expanding knowledge concerting America’s secular saint.”

    Booklist

  • “An unexpected, odd-angle approach to Lincoln that proves marvelously insightful.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “The microview Fenster offers of both Lincoln's life and the daily experience in mid-19th century Springfield is fascinating...Fenster does an excellent job of allowing us to watch [Lincoln] grow, almost as if by time-lapse photography...a gem indeed.”

    Christian Science Monitor

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Debbie | 1/2/2013

    " I listened to this on audio and I couldn't finish it. Altho' now I know why it's called the "circuit" court... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenny | 3/3/2012

    " As a member of the legal profession, I'm glad to know that our greatest president was also a great lawyer. This book provides new insights into Lincoln's character, and the practice of law in the 1850s. A quick and interesting read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marcy | 2/20/2012

    " This book really got me started on enjoying reading about American history. So glad I read it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 2/15/2011

    " I learned a lot about Abraham Lincoln's career as an attorney and what led up to his nomination for president. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Yankey | 2/15/2011

    " Nice nonfiction. I liked the episode in Lincolns life this book focused on, one not well know in the history books and full of insight into the development of America. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aimee | 2/9/2011

    " The title is a little misleading because he really didn't get involved in the case until the very end and then he rocked it!!! I learned so much about him....he was brilliant in so many ways..ABSOLUTELY loved this book!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rosemary | 9/4/2010

    " If you like American history, this book will provide background on Lincoln and the times before he was president and how the US was struggling with the slavery issue on a state basis. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 RachelAnne | 9/17/2009

    " Well researched, but doesn't live up to the sensational subtitle. A rather slow book that won't appeal to those who lack the patience to pore over the details of mid-ninteenth century legal practice and the formation of the Republican National Party. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carol Ann | 7/15/2009

    " The court case is sprinkled throughout the book, it is not a whodunit. The book describes the birth of the Republican Party in 1856. Lincoln later became the first Republican President. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pisceswonder77 | 3/6/2009

    " I thought this would be long and in lawyers terms. Boy was I wrong . Ms. Fenster did a great job to put it into lazy mans terms. Never Never judge this book by its cover. "

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About the Author

Julie M. Fenster is a New York Times bestselling author, journalist, and historian. Her books include Packard, The Pride and Ether Day, The Strange Tale of America’s Greatest Medical Discovery, and the Haunted Men Who Made It, among others. She has written for American Heritage, the New York Times, and the Los Angeles Times.

About the Narrator

Hillary Huber, a Los Angeles–based voice talent with hundreds of commercials and promos under her belt, was bitten by the audiobook bug in 2005. She now records books on a regular basis and has been nominated for several Audie Awards. Her recordings for Blackstone include Skinny Bastard, The Art of Social War, and The Cheater.