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With Wade Goodwyn in for Tom Ashbrook.

Legal eagle and best-selling novelist Stephen Carter re-imagines Abraham Lincoln.

President Abraham Lincoln is shown in a formal portrait, holding the 13th Amendment of the Constitution, year unknown. (AP)
President Abraham Lincoln is shown in a formal portrait, holding the 13th Amendment of the Constitution, year unknown. (AP)

Imagine how the world might have been different if Abraham Lincoln survived the assassination. That’s the premise of Stephen Carter’s new book, The Impeachment of Abraham Lincoln. That’s right, Honest Abe’s wound is not fatal, but he recovers only to face the indignity of a Senate impeachment.

The Radicals are not happy with Lincoln’s strong arming the constitution during the war and want the South punished even more in defeat. Murder and intrigue ensue.

This hour, On Point, it ain’t easy being The Great Emancipator.
-Wade Goodwyn

Guests

Stephen Carter,  law professor, legal- and social-policy writer, columnist, and best-selling novelist. He's author of the new book The Impeachment of Abraham Lincoln. You can read an excerpt here.

Jack Beatty, On Point news analyst.

From The Reading List

Washington Post "With an encyclopedic command of period detail and the courage to alter it whenever he wants, Carter has created an entertaining story rooted in the legal, political and racial conflicts of 19th-century America."

Miami Herald "With an encyclopedic command of period detail and the courage to alter it whenever he wants, Carter has created an entertaining story rooted in the legal, political and racial conflicts of 19th-century America."

Chicago Sun Times "That’s just about the end of the good news, unfortunately. Though Carter begins with an exciting premise — Lincoln has survived John Wilkes Booth’s bullet, only to be pulled down into the muck of partisan politics — this is a dreary, endless book, without momentum, intrigue or a character to linger in the mind beyond the last page."

Video

A book trailer from the publisher.

This program aired on July 27, 2012.

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