If you’re a fan of presidential history — and, in particular, the kind of arcane presidential trivia that makes for great dinner-table conversation — then the work of Dan Abrams, the chief legal affairs anchor for ABC News, is a good match for you. Last year he released “Lincoln’s Last Trial: The Murder Case That Propelled Him to the Presidency,” which told the fascinating story of a murder trial that Lincoln handled as an attorney before he became one of America’s most esteemed presidents. He visited Salon Talks last year to discuss that one.
Now Abrams has a new book, “Theodore Roosevelt for the Defense: The Courtroom Battle to Save His Legacy,” which like his work on Lincoln also covers a mostly-forgotten presidential trial. Whereas Abrams’ book on Lincoln discussed a trial that occurred before a president took office, however, his Roosevelt book covers a trial that took place after