THE IMPEACHERS: The Trial of Andrew Johnson and the Dream of a Just Nation

Praise for The Impeachers: The Trial of Andrew Johnson and The Dream of a Just Nation

“The relevance of this riveting and absorbing book is clear enough… literary and incisive… vivid and perceptive … “
—Jennifer Szalai, The New York Times

“Brenda Wineapple’s riveting new account of the impeachment of President Andrew Johnson contains no mention of President Trump. But Wineapple has written a stunningly well-timed book on a question ripped from the headlines.  Compulsively readable”
—John Fabian Witt, The Washington Post

“Ms. Wineapple’s gift for portraiture, is on display as she sets out her cast of characters… The first instruction to draw from “The Impeachers” is the importance of stakes. “
The Wall Street Journal

“Brenda Wineapple’s ambitious and assured volume “The Impeachers” rightfully recenters the story along the main axis of moral struggle in American history: whether the nation is indeed a democracy for all its citizens or not.”
—Chris Hayes, The New York Times Sunday Book Review

“A gifted stylist whose knowledge of the politics of Reconstruction is both intimate and vast. In The Impeachers, [Wineapple] tells an elegant story stuffed with alluring character sketches and dramatic moments, both legal and political.”
—Michael Kazin, The New Republic

“Approachable, dramatic, even riveting, Wineapple’s volume is both guidebook and cautionary tale for our times.”
The Boston Globe

“Riveting and definitive.”
—Bruce Handy, Esquire

“This is simply an amazing, mesmerizing book, impossible to put down. And Wineapple brilliantly juggles all the angles and bloodshed in her propulsive narrative.”
—Samuel Coale, Providence Journal

“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 Hamilton and Grant

“A terrific— and timely— a terrific — and timely — account of the first attempt in American history to impeach and remove a sitting president.”
—Glenn Atschuler, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

“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

“In the current moment the word “impeachment” hovers, but Brenda Wineapple has written a fine book about the first time in our constitutional history that the word filled the nation’s mind.”
—William S. McFeely, The National Book Review

“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.”
Booklist (starred review)

“Her arguments are novel and her prose lively. . . . This book has much to offer enthusiasts of both historical and contemporary American politics.”
Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“A superb contribution to presidential history.”
Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

The Impeachers is a historical barn burner 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, author of In the Hurricane’s Eye

“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 University

“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 storytelling 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, 1905–1928

Brenda Wineapple’s THE IMPEACHERS is featured in the Spring 2019 issue of The American Scholar. The magazine includes an excerpt of the new book about the impeachment of Andrew Johnson.