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Lincoln's Last Trial: The Murder Case That Propelled Him To The Presidency (2018).

Posted by friendsofthenewarkfreelibrary on March 26, 2019 at 5:55 PM Comments comments (6)

By: Dan Abrams and David Fisher

Reviewed by: Bob Taggart

This is a fascinating, mostly-true, story of Lincoln's last murder trial in the stifling hot summer of 1859 in Springfield, Illinois. Springfield then was a small, bustling town of about 5,000 people where everybody seemed to know everyone. The state capital had a large contingent of capable lawyers, and Lincoln was simply the most famous of them. Having litigated more than 3,000 cases, including 27 murder cases, Lincoln ...

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The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt

Posted by friendsofthenewarkfreelibrary on November 5, 2018 at 9:30 AM Comments comments (0)

By T.J. Stiles

Reviewed by: Roy Lopata

T.J. Stiles has provided us with a biography that truly deserves the label “epic.” This is a classic and lengthy life and times tome that includes all the details of Cornelius (“Commodore”;) Vanderbilt’s remarkable story from birth in Staten Island, New York in 1794 to death in 1877, spanning the history of the United States from the age of George Washington to that of John D. Rockefeller. In describing his t...

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