Abraham Lincoln The American Presidents Series: the 16th President, 1861-1865

ISBN-10: 0805083456
ISBN-13: 9780805083453
Edition: 2008 (Abridged)
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Book details

List price: $25.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Henry Holt & Company
Publication date: 12/23/2008
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 208
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

America's greatest president, who rose to power in the country's greatest hour of need and whose vision saw the United States through the Civil War Abraham Lincoln towers above the others who have held the office of presidentthe icon of greatness, the pillar of strength whose words bound up the nation's wounds. His presidency is the hinge on which American history pivots, the time when the young republic collapsed of its own contradictions and a new birth of freedom, sanctified by blood, created the United States we know today. His story has been told many times, but never by a man who himself sought the office of president and contemplated the awesome responsibilities that come with it. George S. McGoverna Midwesterner, former U.S. senator, presidential candidate, veteran, and historian by trainingoffers his unique insight into our sixteenth president. He shows how Lincoln sometimes went astray, particularly in his restrictions on civil liberties, but also how he adjusted his sights and transformed the Civil War from a political dispute to a moral crusade. McGovern's account reminds us why we hold Lincoln in such esteem and why he remains the standard by which all of his successors are measured.

Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. is renowned as a historian, a public intellectual, & a political activist. He served as a special assistant to President John F. Kennedy; won two Pulitzer Prizes, in 1946 for "The Age of Jackson" & in 1966 for "A Thousand Days," & in 1998 was the recipient of the National Humanities Medal. He lives in New York City.

Robert sean Wilentz was born in 1951 in New York City. He earned his first B.A. from Colunbia University in 1972 and his second from Oxford University in 1974 on a Kellett Fellowship. He continued his education at Yale University where he earned his M.A. degree in 1975 and his PhD. in 1980. His writings are focused on the importance of class and race in the early national period. He has also co-authored books on nineteenth-century religion and working class life. His book The Rise of American Democracy: Jefferson to Lincoln, won the Bancroft Prize. He has also written about modern U.S. history in his book, The Age of Reagan: A History, 1974-2008. He has been the Sidney and Ruth Lapidus Professor of History at Princeton University since 1979. Robert Wilentz is also a contributing editor at The New Republic. He writes on music, the arts, history and politics. He received a Grammy nomination and a 2005 ASCAP Deems Taylor Award for musical commentary on the musician Bob Dylan.

Prologue: The Greatness of Lincoln
Humble Beginnings
The Making of a Statesman
Lincoln and the Union
Lincoln and Emancipation
Lincoln and Total War
Politics in Wartime
Rising Above the Fray: Second Term
Victory and Death
Epilogue: The Nation Lincoln Made
Notes
Milestones
Selected Bibliography
Acknowledgments
Index

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