Our 16th president has never been more popular. The movie Lincoln staring Daniel Day Lewis has been nominated for several Academy Awards. The 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation was a major news story last month. And to top it all off, there have been several recent books featuring Abraham Lincoln that have become best-sellers.
The Impeachment of Abraham Lincoln by Stephen L. Carter takes as its starting point an alternate history: President Abraham Lincoln survives the assassination attempt at Ford’s Theatre on April 14, 1865. Two years later he is charged with overstepping his constitutional authority and faces an impeachment trial.
The Lincoln Conspiracy by Timothy O’Brien has been described as a gripping historical thriller that poses a provocative question: What if the plot to assassinate President Lincoln was wider and more sinister than we ever imagined?
The Lincoln Letter by William Martin is a present day political thriller concerning a recently discovered letter written by Lincoln that suggests the existence of his diary that if found could profoundly impact the fast-approaching elections and change the course of our nation.
If you prefer nonfiction, try Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination that Changed America Forever by Bill O’Reilly. It’s a gripping narrative that recounts one of the most dramatic stories in American history.
Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith is not as awful as it sounds (though admittedly not to everyone’s taste). It's a clever reconstruction of Lincoln’s life and his secret vendetta against the forces of the undead.