Mental Floss Chooses “Lincoln’s Last Trial” as Best Book of 2018

Mental Floss chose the 56 best books of 2018 and published the list on Wednesday. Despite stiff competition across all genres, Lincoln’s Last Trial: The Murder Case That Propelled Him To The Presidency claimed the esteemed title. Since the book’s publication on June 5th, 2018, reviews  have raved on Dan and co-author David Fisher’s ability to turn Lincoln’s lost transcript into a compelling and, until now, unseen perspective on one of the most famous lawyers in history.

Lincoln’s Last Trial is the true story of Abraham Lincoln’s last murder trial, a case in which he had a deep personal involvement – and which played out in the nation’s newspapers as he began his presidential campaign. The book captures the presidential hopeful’s dramatic courtroom confrontations in vivid detail as he fights for his client – but also for his own blossoming political future. It is a moment in history that shines a light on our legal system, as in this case Lincoln fought a legal battle that remains incredibly relevant today.

On November 19th Dan announced his new book Theodore Roosevelt For The Defense: The Courtroom Battle To Save His Legacy. Using court transcripts, news reports, and other sources, Dan and David examine a tense political climate, a United States linked to armed conflict all over the globe, and a pugnacious former president known for suing the media during and after his time of office. The book is out May 21, 2019.