The Impeachers by Brenda Wineapple audiobook

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

By Brenda Wineapple
Read by Gabra Zackman

Random House Audio
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    ISBN: 9781984885050

“This absorbing and important book recounts the titanic struggle over the implications of the Civil War amid the impeachment of a defiant and temperamentally erratic American president.”—Jon Meacham, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Soul of America NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BYTHE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW AND PUBLISHERS WEEKLY When Abraham Lincoln was assassinated and Vice-President Andrew Johnson became “the Accidental President,” it was a dangerous time in America. Congress was divided over how the Union should be reunited: when and how the secessionist South should regain full status, whether former Confederates should be punished, and when and whether black men should be given the vote. Devastated by war and resorting to violence, many white Southerners hoped to restore a pre–Civil War society, if without slavery, and the pugnacious Andrew Johnson seemed to share their goals. With the unchecked power of executive orders, Johnson ignored Congress, pardoned rebel leaders, promoted white supremacy, opposed civil rights, and called Reconstruction unnecessary. It fell to Congress to stop the American president who acted like a king. With profound insights and making use of extensive research, Brenda Wineapple dramatically evokes this pivotal period in American history, when the country was rocked by the first-ever impeachment of a sitting American president. And she brings to vivid life the extraordinary characters who brought that impeachment forward: the willful Johnson and his retinue of advocates—including complicated men like Secretary of State William Seward—as well as the equally complicated visionaries committed to justice and equality for all, like Thaddeus Stevens, Charles Sumner, Frederick Douglass, and Ulysses S. Grant. Theirs was a last-ditch, patriotic, and Constitutional effort to render the goals of the Civil War into reality and to make the Union free, fair, and whole. Praise for The Impeachers “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

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A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice

A #1 Amazon.com bestseller in American Civil War Biographies

Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

“This absorbing and important book recounts the titanic struggle over the implications of the Civil War amid the impeachment of a defiant and temperamentally erratic American president.”—Jon Meacham, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Soul of America

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BYTHE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW AND PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

When Abraham Lincoln was assassinated and Vice-President Andrew Johnson became “the Accidental President,” it was a dangerous time in America. Congress was divided over how the Union should be reunited: when and how the secessionist South should regain full status, whether former Confederates should be punished, and when and whether black men should be given the vote. Devastated by war and resorting to violence, many white Southerners hoped to restore a pre–Civil War society, if without slavery, and the pugnacious Andrew Johnson seemed to share their goals. With the unchecked power of executive orders, Johnson ignored Congress, pardoned rebel leaders, promoted white supremacy, opposed civil rights, and called Reconstruction unnecessary. It fell to Congress to stop the American president who acted like a king.

With profound insights and making use of extensive research, Brenda Wineapple dramatically evokes this pivotal period in American history, when the country was rocked by the first-ever impeachment of a sitting American president. And she brings to vivid life the extraordinary characters who brought that impeachment forward: the willful Johnson and his retinue of advocates—including complicated men like Secretary of State William Seward—as well as the equally complicated visionaries committed to justice and equality for all, like Thaddeus Stevens, Charles Sumner, Frederick Douglass, and Ulysses S. Grant. Theirs was a last-ditch, patriotic, and Constitutional effort to render the goals of the Civil War into reality and to make the Union free, fair, and whole.

Praise for The Impeachers

“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

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

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
This is simply an amazing, mesmerizing book, impossible to put down. And Wineapple brilliantly juggles all the angles and bloodshed in her propulsive narrative. Providence Journal
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, 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, Princeton University
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. . . . 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 Starred reviews in Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, and Booklist
This is a terrific book. . . . Not to be missed. Geoffrey C. Ward, author of A First-Class Temperament: The Emergence of Franklin Roosevelt
Riveting and definitive. Esquire
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 Book Review
Riveting . . . Wineapple has written a stunningly well-timed book on a question ripped from the headlines. Compulsively readable John Fabian Witt, The Washington Post
The relevance of this riveting and absorbing book is clear enough . . . literary and incisive . . . vivid and perceptive. Jennifer Szalai, The New York Times
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
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
“Gabra Zackman’s exceptional narration engages listeners with this impressively researched history…She sounds genuinely interested as she delivers legal and constitutional arguments; condensed biographies of notable figures…and the behind-the-scenes intrigue of the first-ever presidential impeachment trial in the Senate…Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.” AudioFile

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Author Bio: Brenda Wineapple

Author Bio: Brenda Wineapple

Brenda Wineapple is the author of Ecstatic Nation, White Heat, and Hawthorne: A Life. The recipient of a Literature Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2014, Wineapple was elected a Fellow of the American Society of American Historians in 2014 and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2012. She’s also won a Guggenheim fellowship, a fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies, and two National Endowment Fellowships in the Humanities. She regularly contributes to such major publications as the New York Times Book Review, the Wall Street Journal, The Nation, and the American Scholar.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Nonfiction/Biography
Runtime: 14.61
Audience: Adult
Language: English