Lincoln A Life of Purpose and Power

ISBN-10: 1400096022
ISBN-13: 9781400096022
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Description: An original and deeply insightful biography of Abraham Lincoln, already awarded the prestigious Lincoln Prize. As a defender of national unity, a leader in war, and the emancipator of slaves, Abraham Lincoln lays ample claim to being the greatest  More...

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Book details

List price: $17.00
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 1/9/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 416
Size: 5.20" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

An original and deeply insightful biography of Abraham Lincoln, already awarded the prestigious Lincoln Prize. As a defender of national unity, a leader in war, and the emancipator of slaves, Abraham Lincoln lays ample claim to being the greatest of our presidents. But the story of his rise to greatness is as complex as it is compelling. In this superb biography, the highly regarded Oxford University historian Richard Carwardine examines Lincoln both in his dramatic political journey and in his nation-shaping White House years. Through his groundbreaking research, Carwardine probes the sources of Lincoln’s moral and political philosophy. We see how, while pursuing office, Lincoln drew strength from public opinion and the machinery of his party. We see him, as a wartime president, recognizing the limits as well as the possibilities of power, and the necessity of looking for support beyond his own administration. We see how he turned to the churches, to their humanitarian agencies, and to the volunteer Union Army for allies in his struggle to end slavery. In illuminating the political talents that went hand in hand with large and serious moral purpose, Carwardine gives us a fresh, important portrait of the incomparable Abraham Lincoln.

Preface
Inner Power: Lincoln's Ambition and Political Vision, 1809-54
The Power of Opinion: Lincoln, the Illinois Public, and the New Political Order, 1854-58
The Power of Party:Winning the Presidency, 1858-60
The Limits of Power: From President-Elect to War President, 1860-61
The Purposes of Power: Evolving Objectives, 1861-65
The Instruments of Power: Coercion and Voluntary Mobilization, 1861-65
The Potency of Death
Afterword Notes Further Reading Chronology of Lincoln's Life
Select Glossary of Terms
Illustration
Credits
Index

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