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The Trial of Lizzie Borden by Cara Robertson
In Cara Robertson’s “enthralling new book,” The Trial of Lizzie Borden, “the reader is to serve as judge and jury” (The New York Times). Based on twenty years of research and recently unearthed evidence, this true crime and legal history is the “definitive account to date of one of America’s most notorious and enduring murder mysteries” (Publishers Weekly, starred review).
When Andrew and Abby Borden were brutally hacked to death in Fall River, Massachusetts, in August 1892, the arrest of the couple’s younger daughter Lizzie turned the case into international news and her murder trial into a spectacle unparalleled in American history. Reporters flocked to the scene. Well-known columnists took up conspicuous seats in the courtroom. The defendant was relentlessly scrutinized for signs of guilt or innocence. Everyone—rich and poor, suffragists and social conservatives, legal scholars and laypeople—had an opinion about Lizzie Borden’s guilt or innocence. Was she a cold-blooded murderess or an unjustly persecuted lady? Did she or didn’t she?
An essential piece of American mythology, the popular fascination with the Borden murders has endured for more than one hundred years. Told and retold in every conceivable genre, the murders have secured a place in the American pantheon of mythic horror. In contrast, “Cara Robertson presents the story with the thoroughness one expects from an attorney…Fans of crime novels will love it” (Kirkus Reviews). Based on transcripts of the Borden legal proceedings, contemporary newspaper accounts, unpublished local accounts, and recently unearthed letters from Lizzie herself, The Trial of Lizzie Borden is “a fast-paced, page-turning read” (Booklist, starred review) that offers a window into America in the Gilded Age. This “remarkable” (Bustle) book “should be at the top of your reading list” (PopSugar).
History Book Club 2020 Book List
January- The Fatal Shore: The Epic of Australia's Founding by Robert Hughes
February- Invisible: The Forgotten Story of the Black Woman Lawyer Who Took Down America's Most Powerful Mobster by Stephen L. Carter
March- The First World War by John Keegan
April- The First Conspiracy: The Secret Plot to Kill George Washington by Brad Meltzer
May- The Trial of Lizzie Borden by Cara Robertson
June- On Desperate Ground: The Marines at The Reservoir, the Korean War's Greatest Battle by Hampton Sides
July- The British Are Coming: The War for America, Lexington to Princeton, 1775-1777 by Rick Atkinson
August- Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the Opening of the American West by Stephen E. Ambrose
September- Hero of the Empire: The Boer War, a Daring Escape, and the Making of Winston Churchill by Candice Millard
October- The Pioneers: The Heroic Story of the Settlers Who Brought the American Ideal West by David McCullough
November- The Spy and the Traitor: The Greatest Espionage Story of the Cold War by Ben MacIntyre