THE IMPEACHERS: The Trial of Andrew Johnson and the Dream of a Just Nation
Advance Praise for The Impeachers
Fans of Doris Kearns Goodwin’s Team of Rivals will appreciate how Wineapple’s narrative carries forward the saga of the men Lincoln so relied on during the Civil War.
—starred review, Booklist
The Impeachers is a historical barnburner of a book—a vivid cast of characters caught in a terrifying—and eerily familiar—moment in our nation’s history. This is history of the best kind—passionate, evocative, razor-sharp, and relevant.
— Nathaniel Philbrick, National Book Award-winning author of In the Heart of the Sea
“In this superbly lyrical work, Brenda Wineapple has plugged a glaring hole in our historical memory through her vivid and sweeping portrayal of President Andrew Johnson’s 1868 impeachment. She serves up, not simply food for thought, but a veritable feast of observations on that most trying decision for a democracy: whether to oust a sitting president. Teeming with fiery passions and unforgettable characters, The Impeachers will be devoured by contemporary readers seeking enlightenment on this issue.
A landmark study.”
— Ron Chernow, Pulitzer Prize winning author of Grant
“The past, as William Faulkner taught us, is never dead; it isn’t even past. In this absorbing and important book, Brenda Wineapple recounts the titanic struggle over the implications of the Civil War amid the impeachment of a defiant and temperamentally erratic American president: Andrew Johnson. Readers seeking to make sense of the perennial national tension between hope and fear will find much to ponder in these pages.”
— Jon Meacham, Pulitzer Prize winning author of The Soul of America
“With scholarly authority and literary grace, Brenda Wineapple has written the best account we have of the impeachment and trial of Andrew Johnson. The Impeachers clarifies, as only a responsible historical work can, an increasingly urgent public question: by what standards ought Congress to consider impeaching and removing a sitting president? As ever, Wineapple’s work exemplifies how objectivity need not come at the expense of dramatic engagement, let alone shrewd personal and political judgments.”
— Sean Wilentz, George Henry Davis 1886 Professor of American History, Princeton Univ.
“This is a terrific book. In The Impeachers, Brenda Wineapple ‘s wide-ranging research, her astonishing skill at painting vivid word portraits, and her masterful story-telling combine to turn one of the least-understood events in American history into the momentous, suspenseful national drama it really was. Not to be missed.”
— Geoffrey C. Ward, author of A First-Class Temperament: The Emergence of Franklin Roosevelt