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Review: 'The Impeachment of Abraham Lincoln'

Review: 'The Impeachment of Abraham Lincoln'

The Impeachment of Abraham Lincoln
A Novel

Stephen L. Carter
Alfred A. Knopf: 517 pp., $26.95

What if Abraham Lincoln had lived? What would have happened?

Stephen L. Carter's new novel suggests one answer.

"The Impeachment of Abraham Lincoln" recasts tragedy as thriller with the living Lincoln on trial for his political life. A bestselling author ("The Emperor of Ocean Park," "Jericho's Fall"), Carter hews to the historical record more than the reader might expect. John Wilkes Booth's motives and actions and those of his conspirators remain the same. The surgical strike against the Union's top...

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