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Author: Dan Abrams, David Fisher Narrator: Dan Abrams, Roger Wayne Publisher: Harlequin Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2019 ISBN: 9781488206375
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New York Times bestselling authors of Lincoln’s Last Trial take readers inside the courtroom to witness an epic case in which Theodore Roosevelt, weighing one last presidential run, challenged corruption in the political party that made him.

“No more dramatic courtroom scene has ever been enacted,” reported the Syracuse Herald on May 22, 1915 as it covered “the greatest libel suit in history,” a battle fought between former President Theodore Roosevelt and the leader of the Republican party.

Teddy Roosevelt, the boisterous and mostly beloved national hero, had accused his former friend and political ally, now turned rival, the Republican Party leader William Barnes of corruption. The furious Barnes responded by suing Roosevelt for an enormous sum that would have financially devastated him.

But the trial wasn’t about money, it was a fight for reputation. For Roosevelt this was to be his last hurrah. He still harbored political dreams, and there were strong indications he intended to make one more run for the White House. Barnes had his own political ambitions, planning to run for the United States Senate. Those hopes would be dashed if he could not defeat a man so widely respected as “Colonel Roosevelt.”

Following the case through court transcripts, news reports, and other primary sources, New York Times bestselling authors Dan Abrams and David Fisher present a high-definition picture of the former president, still fighting for his own political career and, just as importantly, the patriotic ideals he held dear.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Beautifully wrought…Abrams and Fisher do a superb job of clearly presenting the issues in this remarkable and intensely dramatic trial.”

    Scott Turow, New York Times bestselling author

  • “This trial and Roosevelt’s defense of his reputation on the stand, often under fierce questioning, is truly mesmerizing.”

    Brian Kilmeade, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Gripping…A must-read.”


  • “Reads like a blow-by-blow radio account of a prizefight between two heavyweights, although the arena is a courtroom, not a boxing ring.”

    New York Journal of Books

  • “Many of the questions the trial raised…will resonate with contemporary readers. Legal eagles and history buffs will enjoy this one.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A feisty Roosevelt takes center stage in a mostly lively history.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “A thrilling account of a nationally important trial that had profound consequences for both parties…Abrams and Fisher have sifted through the archives to give us a courtroom seat to witness T. R. at his ‘bully’ best in this high stakes, high drama, high profile, yet so far relatively unknown, trial from our nation’s history.”

    Gregg Tripoli, executive director, Onondaga Historical Association

  • New York Times bestseller
  • A #1 bestseller in American Gilded Age History
  • A 2020 Audie Award Finalist for Best Narration in History & Biography

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About the Author

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.

About the Narrator

Roger Wayne served in the Air Force as a radio and television broadcast journalist in South Korea and won several awards before obtaining a BA degree in communications and journalism. He is an actor living in New York, narrating audiobooks, working on independent film projects, performing off Broadway, and auditioning for major network shows.