“Facts are stubborn things,” John Adams thundered to the jury in closing one of the most important trials in American history. As the bitterness of New England colonies threatened to explode into war with England, young John Adams accepted the greatest challenge of his life: Defending the already notorious British soldiers who had killed five colonists.
The Boston Massacre of March 5, 1770, has often been called the first shots of the American Revolution. “On that night,” Adams recalled, “The formation of American independence was born.” With blood still staining the snow-covered streets, Adams recognized that only the rule of law, not the passion of the mob, would prevent further mayhem.
He agreed to represent the soldiers, risking his law practice and his future. In the process he helped create some of the foundations of what would become pillars of United States law.
In this book, New York Times bestselling authors Dan Abrams and David Fisher draw on the largely forgotten trial transcript, using Adams’ own words to transport readers to colonial Boston, a city roiling with rebellion, to tell the incredible story of Founding Father John Adams courage and his belief that whatever was to happen, it was dependent on “A government of laws, and not of men.”
“This beautifully-wrought story of Theodore Roosevelt’s defense of his claims of corruption in New York State politics has intense echoes today. Abrams and Fisher do a superb job of clearly presenting the issues in this remarkable and intensely dramatic trial.”
"Using Roosevelt's eight days of testimony, Dan Abrams and David Fisher present a fascinating window onto the former President Roosevelt that is fresh and often surprising. This trial and Roosevelt's defense of his reputation on the stand, often under fierce questioning, is truly mesmerizing."
“Dan Abrams and David Fisher have penned a thrilling account of a nationally important trial that had profound consequences for both parties, one of whom happened to be Teddy Roosevelt.
A Washington Independent Review of Books Favorite Book of 2018
A Suspense Magazine Best Book of 2018
A Mental Floss Best Book of 2018
A USA Today Top 10 Hot Book for Summer
Dan Abrams is the CEO and founder of
Abrams Media and chief legal affairs anchor for ABC News. He is also the host of both 60 Days In and Live PD on A&E. A graduate of Columbia University Law School, he is the author of the Washington Post bestseller Man Down and has written for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, and the Yale Law and Policy Review, among many others.
He lives in New York.
For more than three decades, David Fisher has been writing about an extraordinary variety of subjects, ranging from major league baseball umpires to Nobel Prize winning biochemists. He is the author of more than 80 books, among them 24 New York Times bestsellers, and has been a frequent contributor to major magazines and newspapers. Fisher is married and lives in New York with his wife and two sons and one very small, but very self-confident, Chihuahua.