Julie Fenster: "The Case of Abraham Lincoln" (Palgrave Macmillan)
In 1856, Abraham Lincoln was at a crossroads. He was a man without a political party. And he was growing bored with his work as an attorney. The formation of an new party - the Republican Party - offered him a political home. A sensational murder case in Springfield, Illinois helped solidify his reputation as a great legal mind. A look at how Lincoln's life as an Illinois lawyer helped his rise to the forefront of American politics.
award winning author and historian, her books include, "Parish Priest"(with Douglas Brinkley), "Race of the Century," and "Ether Day."