The Trial of President Andrew Johnson and the Fight for Lincoln's Legacy
By David O. Stewart
(Simon & Schuster, Paperback, 9781416547501, 464pp.)
Publication Date: June 15, 2010
Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover
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“The fullest recounting we have of the high politics of that immediate post-Civil War period…Stewart’s graceful style and storytelling ability make for a good read.” —Bruce Kuklick, The Washington Post
“Likely to become the standard version of this historic clash between a president and Congress.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Impeached is a fascinating account of the attempt to remove Andrew Johnson from the presidency. Vigorously written, it is by all means the best account of this troubled episode in our history.” —David Herbert Donald, author of Lincoln
“Magnificent….Splendidly illuminates an important chapter in American history.” —Roger Bishop, BookPage
“David Stewart’s Impeached is as riveting and rollicking as the best Washington novel.” —Steven Brill, author of The Teamsters and After; founder of The American Lawyer and Court TV
David O. Stewart turned to writing after more than a quarter century of law practice in Washington, D.C., defending accused criminals and challenging government actions as unconstitutional. His first book about the writing of the Constitution, The Summer of 1787, grew out of Supreme Court case he was working on. It was aWashington Post bestseller and won the Washington Writing Prize for Best Book of 2007. Impeached had its roots in a judicial impeachment trial Stewart defended before the United States Senate, in 1989, and then argued to the Supreme Court. His most recent book, American Emperor, tells this astonishing tale, which traces Aaron Burr’s descent from made man to political pariah to imperialist adventurer. For more information about the author, go to DavidOStewart.com.
"David Stewart's Impeached is as riveting and rollicking as the best Washington novel. There is all kinds of intrigue -- from allegations of bribery by a 'whiskey ring,' to a cabinet secretary barricading himself in his office, to an incoming vice president giving a drunken tirade on Inauguration Day -- all played out at a deadly serious time, with the Union hanging in the balance. Only it's not a novel; it's Stewart's meticulously researched re-rendering of a time in our history that, he argues persuasively, has been distorted to turn a racist and incompetent Andrew Johnson and his anti-impeachment supporters into courageous defenders of Abe Lincoln's legacy." -- Steven Brill, author of The Teamsters and After; founder of The American Lawyer and Court TV
"Anyone who thinks American politics has lately been at a high level of viciousness should read this gripping story of Andrew Johnson's impeachment trial. There are fewer angels than we have thought, and more political hatred and knife work -- all with fundamental underlying issues of justice and race." -- Anthony Lewis, former New York Times columnist and author of Gideon's Trumpet
"Riveting...Stewart vibrantly renders...the poisonous politics, the personal animosities and the unbridled corruption.... Likely to become the standard version of this historic clash between a president and Congress." -- Kirkus Reviews (starred)