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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:
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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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