Lincoln scholar Brian McGinty paints history on a grand scale as he re-creates a legal case that changed the face of a nation. Before becoming president, Abraham Lincoln successfully argued a trial pitting railroad vs. steamboat. In the course of this untold story, listeners follow the creation of a transnational railroad while witnessing the future president's ascension to the national stage.
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"Richard Poe offers a solid and, at times, animated reading of this examination of one of Abraham LincolnÕs more celebrated court cases. But PoeÕs presentation is uneven. He reads witness testimony with animation, as if he were portraying the witness himself in a play. It adds to the atmosphere nicely. But in the authorÕs long expository sectionsÑon topics such as the history of steamboats and railroadsÑPoe is more neutral and sometimes pauses overly long between sentences and phrases. The author uses those chapters to lengthen his look at a case that started with a steamboat crashing into a Mississippi River railroad bridge. A more evenly engaging performance would help listeners follow the material more easily. R.C.G. © AudioFile 2015, Portland, Maine"
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