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Abraham Lincoln : The 16th President, 1861-1865
by George S. McGovern and Jr. Arthur Meier Schlesinger and Sean Wilentz


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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 president the icon of greatness, the pillar of strength whose words bound up the nation's wounds.  Read more...


 
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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 president the 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. McGovern a Midwesterner, former U.S. senator, presidential candidate, veteran, and historian by training offers 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."


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  • ISBN-13: 9780805083453
  • ISBN-10: 0805083456
  • Publisher: Times Books
  • Publish Date: December 2008
  • Page Count: 184

Series: American Presidents (Times)

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Books > Biography & Autobiography > Presidents & Heads of State
Books > Biography & Autobiography > Historical - General

 
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Presidential brief

Abraham Lincoln is an entry in the highly regarded American Presidents series, originally under the editorship of the late Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr. These volumes are usually authored by distinguished journalists or historians, and, once in a while, by noted politicos, in this case former South Dakota senator and 1972 Democratic presidential candidate George S. McGovern. McGovern capably sticks to the series formula, which involves a more general overview of the subject's life and career, along with a development of the key themes that shaped his most important actions. McGovern's tone is laudatory throughout, as he offers insights into Lincoln's attitudes on politics, the war and his most dearly held personal beliefs. Coverage is from hardscrabble Kentucky beginnings to the last moments at Ford's Theatre. This is a fine read for those who want to know about Lincoln but may not have time for the more in-depth biographies.

 
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